In partnership with the Boston University Institute of Sustainable Energy, the British Embassy in Washington and its American network published the Accelerating Cities Net Zero Action report, highlighting key lessons learned from partnerships and innovative vision labs for funding .
The aim of the report is to increase the ambition of cities in the UK and US to set and meet net zero greenhouse gas emissions targets, to encourage more cities to commit to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Zero âahead of COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021, and to promote cross-learning and collaboration between US and UK cities. The visualization labs brought together a total of 51 stakeholders, including representatives from 28 cities.
To support this, the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy (BU ISE) worked with the FCDO to organize two virtual roundtables, referred to as vision labs to emphasize interactivity, which brought together government stakeholders. from the city, universities and net zero experts of North America. and the United Kingdom.
Participants included representatives from cities that have already set a goal of net zero as well as representatives of cities that are considering a goal of net zero. The participation of academics and net zero experts from nonprofit groups – C40, PCAN, UK100, Climate and Urban Systems Partnerships (CUSP), Climate Mayors and MetroLab Networks – has served to inform cities that networks can support them and provide additional development capacity. net zero roadmaps.
âMoving towards the green economy of the future will not hold back our overall economic development,â said Peter Abbott OBE, British Consul General in New England. âStudies suggest that for every dollar spent on climate action, $ 3-8 is returned to the economy. This Net Zero Action Report is a roadmap for our regional partners to help them take their first steps to make this green economy future a reality. “
âCity-university partnerships can be a powerful accelerator in our transition to decarbonization, supporting the crucial effort to achieve dramatic reductions in emissions over the next decade to maintain a sustainable futureâ, Dr. Jacquie Ashmore, Director Executive, Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy.
For more information on the UNFCCC ‘Race to Zero’ visit: https://unfccc.int/climate-action/race-to-zero-campaign.
For more information on COP26, visit: ukcop26.org/.