About

The Urban-LEDS II project addresses integrated low emission and resilient development in more than 60 cities in 8 countries: Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa (from Phase I) and countries added in Phase II: Bangladesh, Colombia, Lao PDR and Rwanda. In addition to these countries, 16 European cities will act as source cities and support peer-to-peer exchange and cooperation.

Cities

ICLEI and UN-Habitat work directly with cities to accelerate the low-emission development process. Peer-to-peer exchanges allow cities to learn from each other’s challenges and successes. In parallel, vertical integration of climate efforts among different levels of government provide sustainable benefits at the local and national level with impacts seen globally.

City support

Selected cities receive tailor-made guidance and capacity building to consolidate or develop comprehensive Urban LEDS and integrated climate action plans using ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities (GCC) methodology. City climate strategies are integrated into existing development plans and processes, while new policies/laws necessary for the implementation of these strategies are identified.

An Urban Low Emissions Development Strategy (Urban LEDS) defines a pathway to transition a city to a low emission, resilient, green, and inclusive urban economy, through its integration into existing city development plans and processes. Although the name of the strategy may be different city to city, the intent of the development remains the same.

PROJECT GOALS

These are the project objectives of Urban-LEDS phase II. Please refer to Achievements of phase I to see what happened between 2012 and 2015.

November 17, 2021

Colombia advances in the integration of climate change into National Urban Policies, with technical assistance from Urban-LEDS and UN-Habitat’s guiding frameworks

Colombia is moving forward in the integration of climate change priorities into their new National Urban Policy, with a special focus on enhancing multi-level governance structures […]
November 12, 2021

Bogor City puts up community-scale waste management pilot project using hydro-pyrolysis technology

The Urban-LEDS II Project supported  Bogor City in managing municipal solid waste at the community level through hydro-pyrolysis technology. This technology aims to reduce greenhouse gases—particularly methane gas—generated by the waste sector, […]
November 12, 2021

Bogor City uses domestic waste to generate clean energy for cooking

Through the Urban-LEDS II Project in collaboration with the ICLEI Indonesia Office, the City Government of Bogor continues to support Indonesia in the country’s drive to […]
October 29, 2021

Lao Cities pursue Low-Carbon Development with Solar Power and Energy Efficiency Projects

As part of the Urban LEDS II project, the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) formally handed over solar powered and […]
October 29, 2021

Balikpapan City Accelerates Low Emission Development through a Pilot Project on Methane Gas Capture

The Urban-LEDS II Indonesia model city of Balikpapan steps up its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by completing a small-scale pilot project that utilizes landfill-emitted […]
September 7, 2021

Urban-LEDS International Networking Seminar 2021: Reflecting progress and the importance of peer exchange among project stakeholders

Peer-to-peer exchange is integral to the acceleration of local climate action as through the ensuing learning and reflection, local governments – as key stakeholders – exchange […]
July 5, 2021

Small cities and towns struggle to finance climate action, but better data can help

In South Africa, smaller municipalities are finding ways to fill the climate data gap prevalent across Africa and it is taking them a crucial step closer […]
June 14, 2021

Thane and Nagpur advance on climate resilience planning with completion of climate risk and vulnerability assessments

The Indian cities of Thane and Nagpur have completed their Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessments (CRVA), with the support of the Urban-LEDS II project. The CRVAs […]