This report presents evidences that urban stakeholders need to guide and make the case for climate action. This led to formulation of an 'Urban Climate Action Impacts Framework (UCAIF or ‘the Framework’)'to explore the wider impact of city climate action, and builds on the work started by C40 and LSE1. This framework maps all data, metrics or methods on particular impacts to environmental conditions of buildings, housings and etc.
Led by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and consultancy Ramboll highlighted the challenges by recognising that efforts on climate change, prosperity, health and inequality are entwined that we will achieve the rate of climate action needed to deliver a climate safe future. The outputs of the work aim to catalyse medium-term development of the tools, resources and evidence cities need to make the case for climate action by linking that climate action to the other priorities they face.
Outputs from this report are:
1. A document to understand and measure the links between different urban priorities, and in particular those collecting evidence on the wider impacts of city climate action. This is not just confined to research organisations, but may include includes cities, businesses and other urban stakeholders.
2. Detailed causal mapping of how all key city climate actions are linked to wider impacts, and in particular the SDG’s. This city ‘action to impact map’ (described in Figure 2) is a first step towards mapping the true complexity of urban action.
3. A prototype tool that when completed and further developed will allow cities to explore how different actions drive impacts and vice versa. All these outputs, including the framework presented in this report, are a first step in an on going process.
These outputs can be a catalyse to complete, and develop the global evidence base cities need to make best use of their resources and capacity in charting a path to delivering the Paris Agreement and the SDG’s. The future ambition is also to develop a user friendly new version of the prototype tool for cities to use as a critical resource of their climate action planning and delivery.
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