Global guide for city-business alliances’ climate actions

News 07.11.2019

A guidebook to city business alliances is published. “To reduce global emissions to the levels science is telling us, we need to transform systems. No single actions can lead us there, only deep collaboration. And that is what Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation is all about.”

 

Climate solutions building city business alliances are getting help to rise to a new level. A new guidebook by leading international climate organisations offers concrete examples on how to build alliances that deliver concrete solutions to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

“To reduce global emissions to the levels science is telling us, we need to transform systems. No single actions can lead us there, only deep collaboration. And that is what Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation is all about. They are bringing in the innovation, the finance and the technical expertise of the private sector to the table. It is a space for exchange and learning, but also for initiating and implementing projects so that we can secure the prosperous and climate-safe future we all want”, Jonathan Walter, Director of Programs, Business and Innovation of C40 Cities says.

C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.

A step-by-step guide for developing successful collaborations showcases high impact examples from cities including Boston, London, Paris and Helsinki.

Smart & Clean showing the way

Alliance forming and impact making is divided into four phases: accessing the climate goals, identifying partnership opportunities, engaging potential partners, and forming alliance and activating the plan. The guide gives examples of all of them.

Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation is chosen as an example of how to create and activate alliance’s plan.

“Currently, 3.5 billion of us live in cities, and this number is set to double by 2050. This is why it is crucial for local government to lead on climate action. By collaborating with businesses, they can deliver change at the speed and scale we need to adapt to the climate crisis. Smart and Clean Helsinki has an innovative long-term financing model and is one of four outstanding city business partnerships showcased in the guide. Smart and Clean Helsinki is one collaboration demonstrating that cities across the globe can build strong cross-sector partnerships to accelerate the transition to a 1.5 degree world”, says Kyra Appleby, Global Director, Cities, States and Regions at CDP.

CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts.

The guidebook was launched simultaneously with global City-Business Climate alliance. They provide a blueprint for city and business collaboration on climate action. C40 Cities, CDP and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) join forces to accelerate climate action and break down barriers for city and business joint climate action.

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