The Low Carbon Livable Cities Initiative consists of four low carbon activities to help cities collect local greenhouse gas emissions data in a systematic manner, develop climate action plans, understand barriers to creditworthiness, and access innovative financing. Considerable progress has been achieved over the past year:
In 2014, The City Climate Planner Certificate Program held a technical workshop in Yokohama, Japan. Attendees agreed on the value of increasing the global talent base of climate planning professionals through a professional credentialing program to develop greenhouse gas GHG emissions inventories. A training curriculum was developed with the support of expert consultants. To test and refine the curriculum, a 3-day Pilot Training workshop was held in Washington, D.C. and was attended by professionals working on climate mitigation and adaptation activities at the city-level. Participants provided positive feedback and valued conducting complex technical exercises in a group setting. A 4-day item writing workshop was also held in Washington, D.C., during which experts developed a question bank towards a GHG Inventory Specialist certificate exam. A subsequent train the trainers workshop allowed the team to test out a refined curriculum and new interactive exercises. Next steps include finalizing the curriculum and exam, developing an e-learning course, creating a train the trainers handbook, and identifying an appropriate institution to be key in training climate planners on how to do a GHG emission inventory. The training will also be scaled globally.
CURB (Climate Action for Urban Sustainability) is a scenario planning tool that helps cities prioritize carbon abatement investments based on cost, feasibility, and impact on energy use and GHG emissions. An initial version of CURB, developed in coordination with AECOM and C40, was deployed in 2015 in pilots and trainings for numerous cities including Buenos Aires, Bangkok, and Johannesburg. Based on feedback from the pilots, the CURB team implemented new features, data support, and analytical improvements, resulting in CURB 2.0. CURB 2.0 offers an increased capacity to serve cities of all sizes and objectives in planning through a full set of global proxy data, improved financial analysis, and deeper analysis in 6 sectors. The team has also developed a suite of user support resources, including a user guide, data template, and methodology guide in both English and Spanish. A full launch for CURB 2.0 will occur on September 21st in conjunction with Climate Week NYC. A website, overview video, infographic, and feature story are ready for deployment; a blog post and training videos will follow. A host of cities are slated to deploy CURB this year, including Paris, Dhaka, Quito, Chennai, Bangalore, and 100 cities in Thailand, among many others in the pipeline. CURB has also been adopted by the Compact of Mayors to be deployed globally. The CURB team has leveraged the development to date for additional funding; Bloomberg Philanthropies currently participates as a new development and funding partner.
The World Bank has reached over 220 cities to date through the delivery of eleven City Creditworthiness Academies. 70 new cities have been served since the last update, and each has completed Creditworthiness self-assessments and action plans. Further, a Climate-Smart capital investment plan was completed for Kampala, Uganda, which had previous achieved investment grade status through the program. Additionally, 4 climate-smart capital investment plans have been completed for 4 cities in Tanzania with a sample of projects (not the full range of pipeline projects). Finally, an online toolkit for creditworthiness self-assessment and action-planning has been developed (also translated into Turkish).