Consumption emissions: the new frontier for climate action by cities

Consumption emissions: the new frontier for climate action by cities


Cities have so far focused on reducing their sector-based emissions, ie those from fuel combustion, grid-supplied energy and waste treatment. But emissions are also generated in the consumption of all the goods and services that people living in cities use, including emissions from mining, manufacturing, distribution and retail. By focusing on these ‘consumption-based’ emissions, this infographic argues that cities could double their carbon cutting potential.

To show how cities can make a difference, we used C40's consumption-based emissions data to show what a single city could do, and what more they could achieve by working together and across whole production supply chains to accelerate decarbonisation. This infographic focuses on the potential for cities to cut the climate impact of beef by over 60 per cent. 

Our full analysis shows that similarities in city consumption patterns also provides scope for collaboration on other high emitting sectors, like car manufacturing, rice production, electronics, shipping and aviation.
Author(s):
Caterina Brandmayr, Dustin Benton
Publication Date:
7 December, 2018
ISBN:
978-1-912393-12-1
Cost:
Free
Theme:
Low carbon future

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