What impact can local economic development in cities have on global GHG emissions?: assessing the evidence

This paper, a contribution to the New Climate Economy project, examines how cities’ economic development strategies are likely to affect global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. City governments are increasingly taking an active role in economic development, working to attract and retain businesses. Urban leaders around the world have different resources, strengths and priorities, but cities’ economic development and competitiveness efforts share many common elements. For example, they often focus on creating an attractive environment to live, work and grow businesses, and they often invest in enhanced infrastructure and improved public services.