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.

April 15, 2021

Narayanganj city furthers its ‘low emission urban development’ through innovative pilot projects

Narayanganj city is committed to improving its air quality and contributing to the Bangladesh government’s goals on increasing use of renewable energy sources. Taking concrete steps […]
April 12, 2021

Validating the Low Emission Development Strategies for the Lao Cities

ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS), with the support of the European Commission and UN-Habitat, hosted the third consultation workshop on the review of the low-emission […]
April 6, 2021

Rajshahi advances its Urban Greening actions and completes plantation for a pilot project on biodiversity

The city of Rajshahi is forging ahead with its efforts on urban greening and biodiversity improvement. Through the support of the Urban-LEDS II project, this city […]
April 5, 2021

Peer-to-peer learning among Urban-LEDS cities continues

A summary of two webinars on peer-to-peer exchange on building local climate action funds and driving the local energy transition. Moving climate action forward during the […]
February 16, 2021

It’s time for Indonesia to Redefine How Geospatial Data is Governed

Reinforcing the call for urban development data governance, ICLEI Indonesia, Geospatial Information Agency (BIG), Association of Urban and Regional Planners (IAP), and Lokahita work closely in […]
February 9, 2021

LEDS Lab ends cycle in Brazil and Colombia

The results of LEDS Lab were summarized in a Guide to Developing Bankable Climate Action Projects To help improve the installed capacity of city halls in […]
February 4, 2021

Identifying Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Development Data Governance

In support of the implementation of Indonesia’s One Data Policy, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Indonesia, Geospatial Information Agency (BIG), Lokahita, and Association of Urban […]
January 26, 2021

Urban LEDS wraps up 2020 with meaningful contributions to local climate action in three virtual international events

Despite the challenges that followed the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, the Urban LEDS II project has made substantial progress and has led crucial […]