Climate Change Mitigation

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Climate Change Mitigation
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Last Edit Date 2018-06-15

Climate Change Mitigation means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

Climate Change Mitigation is action to reduce the net amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere, and thus help to slow down the process of climate change resulting from human activities. (1),

Cities are responsible for at least 75% of Greenhouse Gas emissions. Seventy-five per cent of global energy consumption occurs in cities and roughly half of this comes from burning fossil fuels in cities for urban transport. As such, every single dollar spent reducing this consumption is the single most cost-effective measure local governments can take in terms of climate change mitigation (2),

City officials have the responsibility to design their cities according to compact and mixed-use models to mitigate climate change as much as possible. When developing an urban strategy, for instance, investing in non-motorized transportation can serve to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while, at the same time, generate adaptation benefits by reducing health problems caused by traffic congestion and pollution (3).

(1) EU; Climate change: Key terms in 23 languages.pdf, (2) Climate Change: Are cities really to blame? Urban World (2009),, (3) Integrating Climate Change into City Development Strategies»» (2015),