Perspectives Climate Group

Urban Climate Action

Service Overview
While urban life is responsible for a high level of energy consumption and generates about 70% of greenhouse gas emissions, cities are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. High potentials for urban greenhouse gas reduction can typically be found in urban transport, waste management, energy efficiency in buildings and lighting, and energy provision. A key challenge with urban activities is that they do not end at the city limits but are heavily influenced by surrounding regions. For successfully designing and introducing climate change related activities in the urban context, a good understanding of the specific geographical, economic, social and cultural circumstances if required.
Perspectives supports cities and urban regions in identifying GHG reduction potentials, implementing smart climate action and in sourcing financial support, e.g. through carbon markets and sustainable finance initiatives.

Providing innovative and practical solutions to cities and urban areas is key for reaching a sustainable low-energy transformation. Perspectives has developed successful concepts in many regions around the world.

Key services
Perspectives key services in the field of urban climate action include:
• Case-specific identification of emission reduction potentials by urban sectors (e.g. transport, waste management, energy efficient cooking/lighting/heating/cooling)
• Assessment and design of sustainable mitigation actions in the urban context
• Supporting city governments in planning and introducing sound climate policies
• Support in accessing climate- and carbon finance
• Support national and city governments in help implementing NDCs in urban context
Project highlights
  • • UNEP Urban CDM study
  • • Urban climate action: Pilot projects under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement in Indonesia & Thailand (International Climate Initiative, IKI)
  • • Urban components under Art. 6 of the Paris Agreement (German Federal Agency for the Environment)
  • • Energy efficiency building programme in Georgia (Swiss KLIK)
  • • MAF assessment Mongolia Kenya, Nepal, Colombia
What our experts say
What sets us apart

Environmental integrity

Climate leaders must not cut corners. When you work with us, you will learn to distinguish substantial business opportunities from questionable ones, allow your company to establish itself as a leader in meaningful climate action and avoid damage to its reputation.

Proven innovation

We are internationally recognized for our contributions to the advancement of the carbon market. For example, our CDM baseline and monitoring methodologies have posted a market-leading success rate.

Scientific grounding

We are more than just advisors: we help shape the field with our research and analysis. With more than 100 research articles to date, we constantly contribute to the latest knowledge and understanding of climate policy instruments, keeping your business ahead of the curve.

Regulatory leadership

Our experts lead and participate in international task forces and working groups, helping you understand today’s climate policy landscape and the carbon markets of the future.

Know your impact

The first step towards lowering your corporate carbon footprint is understanding it. Our proven methodologies give you a clear and comprehensive understanding of your company’s greenhouse gas emissions, helping you set realistically ambitious reduction targets while identifying opportunities to reduce your carbon footprint.

Your carbon footprint involves more than just the greenhouse gases produced by your own operations. It includes your entire value chain (including customers and subcontractors) and even extends to employee commuting and business travel. We calculate the GHG emissions associated with these extended parts of your business, giving you the insights needed to plan truly meaningful climate action.

We document the carbon embedded in each product you manufacture or sell, at each stage of its life, from manufacture to sale and use, and through to disposal; no matter where your company is situated in the value chain. This does more than give you a meaningfully granular look at your GHG contributions; it also helps identify the appropriate standard to use when calculating the carbon footprint of each product for which you are responsible.

We carefully document the carbon footprint represented by your company’s entire range of financial investments, giving you another avenue to document your commitment to meaningful action and to reduce carbon risk exposure.

Contact our expert
Get in touch with Marc André Marr at [email protected]
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