Low carbon cities

Briefing paper

Mission metrics: policy evaluation tools for cities to optimise learning for the green transition

The authors of this paper argue that if decision-makers are to find solutions for addressing wicked problems, such as the climate crisis, they must develop skills for accepting and navigating risks as a means for accelerating innovation.

Not according to plan: exploring gaps in city climate planning and the need for regional action

This report attempts to better understand why cities are failing to meet their targets and what can be learned from the planning practices that are working well. By evaluating the most comprehensive decarbonisation plans across 50 of America's largest cities, the report judges how well...
Conference paper

Low carbon urban future: how to implement transformative capacities for planning regulations

This article reviews the current literature on sustainability transitions and low-carbon practices to discover how to implement them in planning regulations.

Te Ara Matatika: The fair path

This report argues New Zealand leaders need to rethink the transport system around two objectives - reducing car dependence and making the transport system fairer.

Coal-free cities: the health and economic case for a clean energy revolution

This report provides compelling evidence of the adverse impact of coal-fired electricity generation has on society and provides best practice examples of how C40 cities are taking both direct and indirect action to accelerate the shift away from coal.

Exploring the just transition Europe

This paper provides an overview of key concepts, themes, opportunities and challenges in relation to European cities transitioning away from the use of fossil fuels.

Renewables in cities: 2021 global status report

This report provides an overview of the status, trends and developments of renewable energy in cities, using the most up-to-date information and data available.

Climate crisis, equitable engagement, inclusive cities: rethinking urban mobility

In this ebook, Canadian-based urban scholar Shauna Brail, addresses the grand challenge of serving people’s mobility needs in cities while grappling with climate change impacts.

Benchmarking urban exchanges: lessons for Melbourne

This benchmarking report outlines the potential future themes and activities to foster Melbourne’s transition toward a more sustainable and healthier city.
Conference paper

Cities as forerunners: local climate governance and the carbon neutral city

This paper explores how knowledge of global climate change is re-scaled to local levels through city making discourses and practices such as municipal carbon accounting, and conversely how local experiments in low carbon transitions are framed as mobile and replicable solutions to a suite of...
Conference paper

Understanding climate experiments and the role of city networks in transforming experiment outputs to long-term climate change mitigation and adaptation outcomes

This paper has reviewed relevant literature and developed a conceptual framework to explore the complexity of climate experiments and the importance of city networks to achieve larger climate change mitigation and adaptation outcomes.

Renewables in cities: 2019 global status report

This report is the first in what is to become an annual stock-take of the global transition to renewable energy at the city-level. REN21 is developing this series to build up reliable data on and create a comprehensive picture of renewable energy developments in cities...

Australia's still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard

This article discusses house energy regulations and argues that the rate of houses built to a minimum standard is a negligible proportion to an optimal performance standard. The standards should be reviewed regularly to ensure optimal economic and environmental outcomes.
Discussion paper

The renewable city: the future of low carbon living

This paper is also an urgent call to heed the need for rapid proliferation of LCL principles and projects, and their mobilization across the built environment production system. It is a call to build an open market for this by creating the required regulatory and...

Financing climate futures - rethinking infrastructure

The international community has increasingly recognised the need for such transformative action, not only through international agreements (such as the Paris Agreement), but also through forums such as the G7 and G20. However, going beyond an incremental approach to climate policy development and thinking 'outside...

Greater Newcastle metropolitan plan

As Australia’s seventh largest city and global gateway for northern NSW, Greater Newcastle faces a new future with investment in aviation, transport, education, health and tourism. This first-ever Metropolitan Plan for Greater Newcastle, and first for a non-capital city in Australia, aims to capitalise on...
Discussion paper

Fab City whitepaper: locally productive, globally connected self-sufficient cities

The Fab City is an international initiative to develop locally productive and globally connected self-sufficient cities. This document explains how the Fab City project aims to build a new economy based on distributed data and manufacturing infrastructure.
Conference paper

Visions and scenarios of low-carbon and resilient Australian cities in 2040

This paper describes the approaches that were used in the initial phases of the Visions and Pathways 2040 project and early research results. A selection of the ‘glimpses’ of possible future low-carbon, resilient city forms and their associated lifestyles are presented.
Conference paper

Simple in theory, but not in practice: a 'warts and all' reflection on the use of visioning exercises in urban contexts

This paper presents a critical reflection on two visioning exercises run as part of the Visions and Pathways 2040 project – which is funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living – focussed on the key tensions and process challenges that were faced...
Conference paper

Emerging approaches in business model innovation relevant to sustainability and low-carbon transitions in Australian cities

This paper provides a review of some emerging approaches that influence the development of new business models that might assist in sustainability and low-carbon transitions in cities.
Conference paper

Resilient cities and lost opportunities: the case of transport funding in New Zealand

This paper uses the example of New Zealand’s national transport funding policy and allocation processes to demonstrate how an unreflective use of the term resilience results in lost opportunities to pursue a low carbon future, and works against the concept of resilience itself.
Policy report

Low-carbon and Resilient cities: Local Governments in Japan

Report card for 35 top Japanese cities and prefectures and their various government level sustainability projects. Valuable as a diverse set of circumstances and solutions. Includes project manager contact emails.

Enhancing household energy efficiency in central Australia: analysis of the Alice Solar City initiative

During the past decade, Australian governments have widely promoted adoption of renewable energy technologies (RETs) and energy efficient measures (EEMs) by households and businesses as a way to reduce reliance on grid - supplied energy and shift energy use outside peak periods. However, it is...
Conference paper

Low carbon urban transitions: a Melbourne case study

This presents findings from a review of low carbon initiatives in Australia with a particular focus on Melbourne, Victoria exploring the policy context in which these initiatives and responses have emerged, the typical approaches adopted and the implications for urban change and governance.