Clinton Climate Initiative
Climate Positive Development Program
The Climate Positive Development Program (CPDP) was created to meet the pressing dual challenges of rapid urbanization and climate change. CPDP aims to create a model for large-scale urban communities that reduce greenhouse gasses and serve as urban laboratories for cities seeking to grow in ways that are environmentally sustainable and economically viable. CPDP is a program within the Sustainable Communities Initiative of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and was developed in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative Cities Program and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
CPDP and its Development Partners are active contributors to C40 Cities and the organization’s global networks, united in their commitment to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. At the same time, CPDP participants also benefit from the opportunity to exchange information with municipal leaders and developers across a broad set of projects in C40 Cities worldwide.
CPDP developers seek to meet a “climate positive” emissions target of net-negative on-site, operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This climate positive outcome is achieved by reducing emissions on-site and offsetting emissions in the surrounding community.
Every CPDP project has a unique profile, given their distinct economic, political, and climate challenges, yet each is striving for the ambitious goal of lowering their operational GHG emissions below zero. Development Partners accepted into CPDP are expected to pursue the integrated planning of energy efficient buildings, low carbon transportation solutions, and waste and water management systems at the district scale.
In order to get “beyond carbon neutral” and achieve a Climate Positive outcome, Development Partners earn Climate Positive Credits by sequestering emissions on-site and abating emissions from surrounding communities. There are many different paths to the Climate Positive outcome of net-negative operational GHG emissions; each project will use a different set of strategies and technologies according to its local opportunities, guided by the Climate Positive Development Framework, which lays out the four stages of the Climate Positive journey.
CPDP facilitates knowledge-sharing across the Program and related C40 networks, so that successful strategies can be replicated, and pitfalls can be avoided. CPDP also facilitates technical and logistical support to Development Partners by hosting learning programs and webinars, convening private sector firms to produce tools and templates for project use, increasing project visibility through various media channels, and granting access to technical experts and other partners within the CPDP and C40 network.
The Climate Positive Framework clarifies requirements and procedural guidelines for participation in the Program, and establishes a recognition platform to recognize Development Partners for their successes. The Framework is designed to encourage the creativity of Development Partners. Because there is no singular path to achieving a Climate Positive outcome, and because projects of this size may take decades to complete, the Framework provides a broad structure under which Development Partners can work on creative solutions to emissions reductions and adapt strategies as needed over time.
The Framework outlines four key recognition stages associated with a Development Partners’ Climate Positive journey. As projects move through the recognition stages, Development Partners submit documentation to CPDP to ensure that they remain on track, and receive feedback from program staff and affiliated experts.
Current CPDP Projects
CPDP is currently working with Development Partners on 18 projects across six continents. The current roster of projects consists of:
Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia
Victoria Harbour, Melbourne, Australia
Parque da Cidade, São Paulo, Brazil
Pedra Branca Sustainable Urbanism, Palhoça, Greater Florianópolis, Brazil
Dockside Green, Victoria, BC, Canada
Waterfront Toronto, Lower Don Lands, Toronto, ON, Canada
Nordhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
ProjectZero, Sonderborg, Denmark
Godrej Garden City, Ahmedabad, India
Mahindra World City, Jaipur, India
Menlyn Maine, Pretoria, South Africa
Magok Urban Development Project, Seoul, South Korea
Stockholm Royal Seaport, Stockholm, Sweden
Royal Albert Basin, London, UK
Elephant & Castle, London, UK
Treasure Island Development Project, San Francisco, CA, USA
The Oberlin Project, Oberlin, OH, USA
EcoDistricts, Portland, OR, USA
These 18 projects, once completed, will impact the nearly one million people who will live and work in Climate Positive communities. In addition to the Climate Positive Framework, nearly every project is pursuing other locally relevant green building certification schemes, such as BREEAM, Green Star or LEED certification for buildings or neighborhood development. CPDP projects utilize a range of renewable and clean energy strategies to reach their low emissions targets, including district heating and cooling, CHP, waste-to-energy, and wind and solar power. Nearly half of the projects are building upon brownfield sites that require environmental remediation to clean up prior industrial contamination. Many projects are also engaged in water preservation and recycling, green space preservation, and adaptation measures to guard against sea level rise and flooding. Further, every CPDP project has a unique approach to transportation solutions, including electric vehicle infrastructure, bus rapid transit (BRT), walking and biking paths, and other forms of public transit and parking management solutions. Together, the projects will reduce the emissions impact of one million people and demonstrate a multi-faceted approach to sustainable community development that is both economically viable and climate positive.
Information on joining CPDP
CPDP is always receptive to hearing from developers of outstanding or unique urban development projects, and is currently considering new applications. To contact CPDP about these opportunities, or to find out more about the Program, please email queries to ClimatePositive (at) ClintonFoundation.org or Contact us. Upon review of information sent, CPDP may invite parties to submit a formal application to the Program.