Category Archives: New Climate Economy

LSE Cities to launch paper at International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig on 23 May

6 May 2019

Philipp Rode and Catarina Heeckt will launch their new paper ‘National Transport Policy and Cities: Key policy interventions to drive compact and connected urban growth’ at the International Transport Forum (ITF) Summit in Leipzig, Germany. The launch event will take place at the ITF World Stage Café starting at 9:30 on Thursday, 23 May 2019.

The paper is part of LSE Cities’ contribution to the Coalition for Urban Transitions and provides a foundation for national transport policy-makers to begin pragmatic but ambitious conversations about actions they can take to make cities more accessible – either by leapfrogging car-centric development pathways, or by transitioning towards a more compact and connected future. It provides a global review of 189 national transport interventions and then presents results from a survey of experts that narrows down the top five most impactful policy interventions.

Prior to the official launch event, Catarina Heeckt will be presenting the research findings at the ITF Pre-Summit Research Day on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at 11:40 during a panel discussion on ‘Sustainable Transport Solutions’. 

As part of the ITF Summit, Philipp Rode will also speak on a panel entitled ‘Improving access in cities: Findings from Europe and Latin America’ which will take place at 9:30 on Friday, 24 May 2019.

LSE Cities publishes new paper for NCE Coalition for Urban Transitions

12 April 2019

Thriving cities — where people can easily connect with one another and with jobs, services, and amenities — are essential to economic prosperity. With the world’s urban population expected to double by 2050, cities need to be built and run in ways that maximise access to opportunities without increasing carbon emissions, pollution, and congestion. Smart transport policy has a key part to play in laying the foundations for better urban structures, boosting public transport use, making it safe and easy to walk or cycle, and discouraging private car use.

National Transport Policy and Cities: Key policy interventions to drive compact and connected urban growth provides a foundation for national transport policy-makers to begin pragmatic but ambitious conversations about actions they can take to make cities more accessible  — either by leapfrogging car-centric development pathways, or by transitioning towards a more compact and connected future. There are multiple options to suit every national context — many with broad economic, social and environmental benefits. By seizing these opportunities, countries at all levels of development can reshape urban life for the better for decades to come.

New working paper highlights disconnect between national policies and building more compact cities

14 December 2017

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.

New working paper on financing sustainable cities

10 October 2017

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.

Launch of the NCE Cities Sprawl Subsidy Report by LSE Cities

26 March 2015

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.

New Climate Economy Report launched

16 September 2014

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.

To find out more and to read the report, click here.