A new working paper on Integrating national policies to deliver compact, connected cities: a horizon scan into transport and housing has been released by the Coalition for Urban Transitions. The paper, authored by LSE Cities and the OECD, explores the ways in which urban policy sectors are integrated—or fragmented—in ten case study countries: China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States. A central finding is that a lack of coordination between national economic policy, and housing and transport policy, undermines both the economic potential and environmental sustainability of cities.
A new working paper by the Coalition of Urban Transitions, an international initiative set up by the New Climate Economy project to work towards the sustainable economic and social transition of cities, has been released. Financing The Urban Transition found that, despite an annual global infrastructure investment deficit is $1 trillion, there could be savings generated of up to a $17 trillion by 2050 if national policymakers can transform their urban financial systems to ensure compact, coordinated, and connected cities. The working paper, which includes major input from LSE Cities and PwC examines the major financing mechanisms for achieving this. LSE Cities, as part of the coalition’s Steering Group, provides strategic advice, technical expertise, and academic research.
Graham Floater, who is Principal Research Fellow at LSE Cities, chaired and presented at the Nantes EuroCities declaration on cities and climate change on the 10 June, as part of the COP21 Paris Climate Change negotiations.
Graham presented the work of the LSE Cities research project The New Climate Economy.
Graham Floater, Principal Research Fellow at LSE Cities, was panelist in a session on ‘the future will happen in smart cities’ at the Milan UITP World Congress and Exhibition, which took place on the 8 June from 14.00 – 15.30.
The paper, ‘Analysis of Public Policies That Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Urban Sprawl’, is the last of the studies by LSE Cities for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.
The report is written by Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, and investigates evidence that current development policies result in economically excessive sprawl. It defines sprawl and its alternative, “smart growth,” describes various costs and benefits of sprawl, and estimates their magnitude.
Here is a selection of the media coverage generated by the launch of the report:
Wall Street Journal – The cost of sprawl: More than $1 trillion per year, new report says, Laura Kusisto
Washington Post – The steep costs of living so far apart from each other, Emily Badger
Houston Chronicle – Report: sprawl damaging to health and the economy, Nancy Sarnoff
Inter Press Service – In thrall to the mall crawl and urban sprawl, Kitty Stapp
ClimateWire – Urban sprawl costs US billions annually — report, Manon Verchot
City Lab – How much Sprawl costs America, Tanvi Misra
The paper, ‘Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Urban Sprawl’, is available to download here.
Philipp Rode gave a presentation on ‘Cities and the New Climate Economy: The role of Urban Form and Transport’ at the Urban Redevelopment Authority in Singapore on Monday 9 March. Rode presented findings from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate’s New Climate Economy (NCE) project.
The NCE Cities research studies and the NCE report, ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’ is available to download. The report recommends that in order to create better growth and a safer climate, action should focus on three key economic systems: Cities, Land Use and Energy; and three drivers of change: Resource Efficiency, Infrastructure Investment and Innovation.
The New Climate Economy, a global partnership of research institutes has published its report, Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report. A central focus of the report is on the role of cities and urbanisation as part of a new climate economy. This forms the core theme of the cities workstream, which is led by LSE Cities’ Graham Floater and Philipp Rode.
The report was produced by a Global Commission of leaders from government, business and finance, advised by leading economists and supported by major international organizations. While many organizations have produced reports on the science of climate change or the costs of denying it, this report shows that climate action is, in fact, compatible with strong economic growth.
Full details have been announced for the LSE Cities World Urban Forum Session: Cities and the New Climate Economy: Infrastructure, Innovation and the Spatial Fix which takes place on Thursday 10 April 2014, 16.00 to 18.00 (COT Medellin time) in the Green Pavilion, Agora Room at the World Urban Forum.
This session is structured around ongoing research for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and the cities workstream of the Commission’s New Climate Economy (NCE) project which LSE Cities is leading. The overall aim of NCE is to provide independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and those which reduce the risk of dangerous climate change.
- Chair: Edgar Pieterse, Director, African Centre for Cities, Cape Town University
- Cities and the New Climate Economy: Philipp Rode, Co‐Director NCE Cities and Executive Director, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science
- Towards a Green Economy in Rio de Janeiro: Eduarda La Rocque, President, Instituto Pereira Passos, Rio de Janeiro
- Colombia’s Sustainable Cities Programme: Luis Fernando Ulloa, Sustainability Director, Financiera del Desarrollo (FINDETER), Colombia
The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is a major new international initiative to analyse and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change. Chaired by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, the Commission comprises former heads of government and finance ministers and leaders in the fields of economics and business.
The New Climate Economy (NCE) is the Commission’s flagship project. The project is being undertaken by a global partnership of research institutes and a core team led by Programme Director Jeremy Oppenheim. An Advisory Panel of world-leading economists, chaired by Lord Nicholas Stern will carry out an expert review of the work. It aims to provide independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and those which reduce the risk of dangerous climate change, and to influence global debate about the future of economic growth and climate action. It will report in September 2014 in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit.
LSE Cities is leading the NCE research programme on cities. Other key institutions involved in the cities programme include the World Resources Institute (US), the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (India), Stockholm Environment Institute (Sweden) and Tsinghua University (China). The cities research programme for NCE is being led by Graham Floater and supported by Philipp Rode.
The cities workstream aims to assemble the evidence base on the economic opportunities, risks and barriers to cities in taking climate action. This will be used to shape the findings and recommendations of the Global Commission.
The research programme is designed to be grounded in the priorities of economic decision makers. It therefore focuses on how cities can achieve core economic objectives in the context of increased climate risk.
The project’s starting point is therefore to engage directly with the goals and perspectives of key decision-makers: finance and economic ministries at the national level, city mayors and those who take major investment decisions in and around cities. The research will seek to take a rigorously objective and evidence-based approach, independently assessing the evidence from all sides of the debate.
Call for Evidence
To support the development of the Commission’s findings and recommendations, the project is launching a Call for Evidence process. We are inviting contributions from cities, research institutes, think tanks, business organisations, consultancies, academics and civil society organisations. For further details, see the New Climate Economy website.
The deadline for submissions is 4 April 2014.