01 Jun 2018

Unprecedented levels of urbanisation coupled with revolutions in transport, energy, and data technology offer new opportunities to reshape cities. Cities of the future need to be planned strategically to support environmental and social well-being as well as economic productivity. To do so, cities must encourage compact and connected urban growth.

Working paper
08 Oct 2018

This report provides a brief summary of the main findings of the special report, Global Warming of 1.5°C, its implications, and how Australia is tracking when it comes to tackling climate change.

Report
02 Feb 2018

Action by national governments is crucial for achieving sustainable, economically productive urban development.

Working paper
31 Jan 2013

As the largest consumer of resources globally, the construction industry faces significant challenges due to future changes in resource availability. How might this complex industry achieve reduction of resource consumption and waste given the disconnections existing between stakeholders in the building procurement process and the persistence of discipline based knowledge?

Journal article
18 Jun 2018

We live in an urban century. More than ever, our cities and surrounding regions are on the front line of a globally changing world and need to rapidly adapt to shifts in nearly every dimension of urban life.

Strategy
01 Mar 2018

This report presents the methodology and results of a study investigating the consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from 79 cities. 
To support evidence-based climate action planning, many cities have developed sector-based GHG inventories using standards such as the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC).

Research report
04 Jul 2018

To make cities better for people and the planet, the approach must become more systemic and pragmatic, and include the global south. 
More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas, and both the proportion and numbers continue to grow. In future, we will require drastically different ways of planning, building and governing cities.

Commentary
01 Mar 2018

This manual provides a wide variety of best practices on energy efficiency policy making using different sources of data. City officials, policy advisors, energy efficiency program administrators, data analysts and other stakeholders will find specific information on 5 major topics.

Report
06 Jul 2018

The populations of most world cities are growing fast, and with it come challenges and opportunities for keeping citizens safe and well. New International Standards for measuring and improving the performance of cities have just been published:
ISO/TC 268: Sustainable cities and communities

Commentary
31 Jul 2018

Heatwaves are a critical public health problem. There will be an increase in the frequency and severity of heatwaves under changing climate.

Journal article
12 Sep 2018

Global temperatures are rising. This is especially felt in urban areas due to the urban heat island (UHI) effect, where temperatures can be 10 degrees F (5.5 degrees C) higher than the surrounding countryside. This phenomenon is due to several factors that combine to alter the local microclimate of an urban area.

Blog post
06 Sep 2018

About 3 billion people, or 40 percent of the world’s population, will need new housing by 2030. That will require constructing approximately 21 million new homes every year across the world.

Blog post