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.

January 4, 2021

Brazil: Betim and Sorocaba launch Climate Risk Analysis and GHG Emissions Inventory

The Climate Risk Analysis and GHG Emissions are a part of the strategy to support climate action in the cities for the coming years Betim and […]
December 22, 2020

Fortaleza and Recife launch Local Action Plans with ambitious climate goals

The effects of climate change are experienced at the local level in urban areas. Events such as heavy rains that cause floods and landslides or an […]
November 27, 2020

Using GIS to calculate the importance of land use management to achieve Net Zero Targets in Africa’s Cities

Within the Rwandan National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), the long-term vision for economic and social prosperity is expressed clearly as having to be realised […]
November 17, 2020

Urban-LEDS ll cities in Africa show their commitment to climate action in 2020 through virtual engagements

Faced with the logistical constraints which the COVID-19 crisis has brought about in 2020, but acknowledging that the need to build back stronger and more sustainably […]
November 6, 2020

Implementation of building and street lighting energy metering in 7 South African Urban-LEDS cities

7 Urban- LEDS cities in SA demonstrating the value of energy metering in municipal buildings and street light areas for low emissions development Through the work […]
November 3, 2020

Lao Cities conduct workshops on climate risks and vulnerabilities to review their low-emission development strategies

ICLEI SEAS facilitated consultation workshops with the Lao Cities’ technical working groups, core climate teams, and other stakeholders for the development of their LEDS action plans […]
November 2, 2020

New Greening Plan to Revitalize Rajshahi as Climate-Responsive Sustainable City

Rajshahi city in Bangladesh will soon be able to make use of its first-ever Open Green Spaces Plan to guide its efforts on effective management of […]
October 30, 2020

Climate Finance Highlights: Opportunities for local climate action

Climate finance has and is increasingly becoming a priority agenda point for many subnational and national governments as well as all important stakeholders. Despite COVID-19 challenges, […]