RMI Press Release
The Carbon-Free City Handbook is a resource for city leaders around the world to take real and meaningful action toward their commitments with 22 ready-to-implement, no-regrets solutions that have proven success. Each recommendation draws off the work of more than 50 city leaders and sustainability directors and is a meaningful action that almost any city can pursue and apply locally, seeing results within a year. Ideas are nearly universally applicable for cities with a population of 100,000+ with compelling economics.
Actions are organized into five chapters, covering key areas for impact:
- Buildings, which contribute an average of 48 percent to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in large cities
- Transportation and mobility, which account for an average of 36 percent of GHG emissions in large cities
- Electricity, which accounts for 25 percent of urban GHG emissions from all sectors
- Industry, which accounts for an average of 7 percent of GHG emissions in large cities, and often much more
- Biological resources, which can contribute to reduction in waste and account for 7 percent of GHG emissions on average in large cities while providing new carbon sink opportunities
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The “Carbon-Free Handbook” can serve as a useful template for localities planning or actively engaged in large-scale solar and related initiatives like the Sierra Club’s “Ready For 100” and the U.S. Department of Energy’s “SolSmart” programs.