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How Can Global Carbon Markets Promote Low-Carbon Cities in Developing Countries? : Lessons Learnt from the Clean Development Mechanism

  • Per-capita greenhouse gas emissions in cities like Bangkok or Shanghai have already reached emission levels of cities like London or Toronto. Large parts of the building stock and service infrastructure in cities in rapidly developing countries will be built in the coming decades—and may lock in high emissions pathways. A survey of projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol shows that only about 1% of projects have been submitted by municipalities, mostly in the waste management and more recently in the transport sector. This is probably due to a lack of technical know-how, legal barriers, methodological challenges, long project cycles and limited “visibility” of projects for the electorate. A case study of city network ICLEI’s experience with the CDM adds practical insights. We conclude that while the new market mechanisms under Article 6 may make it easier for municipalities to engage in international market mechanisms, new forms of cooperation between actors on multiple levels, potentially facilitated by ICLEI, are required to help to realize the urban potential in international market mechanisms.

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Author:Axel Michaelowa, Maike SippelORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Planning climate smart and wise cities : a multidisciplinary approach
Publisher:Springer International Publishing
Place of publication:Cham
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Publication:2022
Release Date:2023/01/17
First Page:291
Last Page:315
Institutes:Fakultät Bauingenieurwesen
Relevance:Keine peer reviewed Publikation (Wissenschaftlicher Artikel und Aufsatz, Proceeding, Artikel in Tagungsband)
Open Access?:Nein
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt