The cities research studies on the New Climate Economy

The Global Commission for the Economy and Climate

The studies by LSE Cities for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate can be downloaded here:

NCE Cities Paper 01: ‘Cities and the New Climate Economy: the Transformative Role of Global Urban Growth’
NCE Cities Paper 02: ‘Steering Urban Growth: Governance, Policy and Finance’
NCE Cities Paper 03: ‘Accessibility in Cities: Transport and Urban Form’
NCE Cities Paper 04: ‘Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Urban Sprawl’

These studies form the basis of the cities chapter in the New Climate Economy Report ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’.

This series of studies for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, presents new evidence that cities will be central to global economic growth and climate action. Up to 2030, less than 500 cities worldwide are projected to contribute over 60% of global GDP growth.

However, urban growth that is poorly planned and unstructured can lead to a range of economic, social and environmental costs, such as traffic congestion, inefficient public transport, air pollution, health impacts, and inadequate infrastructure for basic services such as energy, water and waste. Business as usual urban development will also contribute over half of the global growth in energy-related carbon emissions.

At the same time, governments can deliver better urban growth. Pioneering cities across the world are demonstrating that more compact, connected and coordinated urban development, built around mass public transport, can create cities that are economically dynamic, healthier, and that have lower emissions.

The New Climate Economy (NCE) is the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. It was established by seven countries, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as an independent initiative to examine how countries can achieve economic growth while dealing with the risks posed by climate change.

The NCE Cities Research Programme is led by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics, and includes a consortium of researchers from the Stockholm Environment Institute, the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, the World Resources Institute, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, and Oxford Economics. The NCE Cities Research Programme is directed by Graham Floater and Philipp Rode.