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.

September 7, 2020

Accra’s steps toward clean air: The Essence of the Urban Health and Short-lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Reduction Project – Urban-LEDS II synergy highlight

Ghana is setting the pace on the African continent in sustainable development. Its capital city of Accra demonstrates leadership in the region, being among the first […]
September 4, 2020

Urban-LEDS inspired Solution Session “Beyond Climate Emergency: Turning ambition to action” at the Mannheim2020 Conference

On Friday 2 October 2020 from 9:30 to 11:00 Urban-LEDS will be part of a solution session at the 9th edition of ICLEI’s flagship European Conference […]
September 4, 2020

Colombian cities advance in local climate action

A series of webinars was held from June to August 2020 aiming at supporting local actions for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction and adaptation to climate […]
September 3, 2020

Rajkot continues to lead on ambitious Climate Action and bags the One Planet City Challenge national winner title

Rajkot city in India continues to persist with efforts to implement and scale up its ambitious Climate Action. The city recently received recognition by being declared […]
August 18, 2020

Urban Champion: Dr. Bima Arya Sugiarto, S. Hum., M.A., Mayor of Bogor City

Bogor City is one of the model cities of the Urban Low Emission Development Strategies II (Urban-LEDS II) project. Under Mayor Bima Arya’s leadership, Bogor City […]
August 14, 2020

Porto Alegre presents municipal policy of reverse logistics

In July, the city of Porto Alegre, in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, presented the Municipal Reverse Logistics Policy, which legislates the disposal and destination of […]
August 4, 2020

Rajshahi conducts an energy audit to enhance energy efficiency in buildings

Rajshahi city in Bangladesh recently undertook a detailed energy audit of its main municipal administrative building with the support of the Urban-LEDS II project. The purpose […]
August 3, 2020

LEDS Lab promotes a series of webinars to improve South American city halls’ installed capacity in developing low carbon bankable projects

In the context of Urban-LEDS II implementation in Brazil, ICLEI South America held a series of webinars on technical and financial viability of low carbon municipal […]