Net Zero Cities
Rapidly transition all cities to become net zero by 2050 at the latest.
More than half of the world’s population live in cities. These urban areas account for over 70 percent of global energy use, with the highest emitting one hundred cities generating 18 percent of global carbon emissions. To help solve the climate crisis, cities must attain net-zero emissions rapidly. Net-zero cities balance the amount of greenhouse gases they emit with renewable energy and carbon-reduction practices. Net zero can be accomplished through a combination of strategies, including integrated sources of renewable energy; electrification of buildings and transport; increased efficiency; and a reduction in overall energy consumption. Cities must carry through with their net-zero pledges in an equitable way via initiatives that provide transparency, create equal access to information, empower vulnerable communities, foster innovation, and meet reputable net-zero standards.