Green grass field during sunset in Greater London, UK

Green grass field during sunset in Greater London, United Kingdom. Photo: David Jakab / Pexels.

Cities around the world face myriad different challenges ranging from environmental threats and impacts to rapid urbanization and social issues. They are responsible for roughly 70% of global carbon emissions and account for 75% of the world’s energy use . At the same time, cities have a huge potential to act as hubs for sustainable solutions and lead the way to an inclusive, just and resilient future. Although each city faces a unique set of challenges, they all deal with the impacts and pressures of climate change.

Cities have a unique opportunity to interact and collaborate to collectively tackle both climate and sustainability challenges. Members of large global city networks, such as the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, work together through partnerships, peer exchange and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability. Events such as the Smart City Expo World Congress and the Smart City Business Forum offer opportunities for members and stakeholders of these large city networks to interact, learn and collaborate on these important issues.

“Cities are where the battle of climate change will be won or lost.”

— Julio Lumbreras, Professor, Technical University of Madrid, Mission Board of the European Commission

The Viable Cities’ Finance project co-hosted the Smart City Business Forum and participated in the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain in November 2021. At these events, four change-makers working on sustainable cities discussed the most pressing issues in their fields.

Cities around the world face big challenges

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Cities have a huge potential to act as hubs for sustainable solutions

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From talk to action – what is on your wish list?

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The Viable Cities’ Finance project has received support within the strategic innovation programme Viable Cities funded by Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas.