1How Cities Can Avoid Carbon Lock-In

1How Cities Can Avoid Carbon Lock-In

To avoid carbon lock-in, cities should focus on mobility, energy efficiency measures and congestion. (Photo: js42/ Flickr) Cities have proven themselves to be necessary in combating climate change; however, the current trajectory for urban growth is still an unsustainable path and carbon emissions are already expected to surpass thresholds considered acceptable. One of the largest problems is carbon “lock-in,” which—as the Stockholm Environment Institute’s (SEI) new report makes clear—is dangerously approaching the 1000-gigaton (Gt) limit. Lock-in refers to the expected use of carbon-intensive, long-term holdings, such as infrastructure. According to some , the world has already locked-in approximately 800 Gt of emissions. Importantly, much of this lock-in comes from cities , where the projected increases in carbon-emitting assets aligns with estimated urban growth. Knowle...

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