Cities and the Green Economy

  • Philipp Rode
Part of the Local Sustainability book series (LOCAL, volume 3)


This chapter is a condensed version of the Cities Chapter of UNEP’s seminal publication ‘Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication’. It analyses the particular role that cities play in the context of a transition to a Green Economy. Cities account for a substantial proportion of global greenhouse gas emissions, mostly due to the intense concentration of people, economic activity and transport in urban centers. But just as cities are the source of many environmental problems, they offer many of the solutions. Firstly, this chapter assesses the particular potential of cities for a transition to a Green Economy. Secondly, it argues the case for greening cities, in terms of the economic, social and environmental benefits that a Green Economy can bring to cities and their inhabitants. It then analyses various urban sectors and how these should be greened in order to create a green city and a greener urban economy. Keys to achieving this are the required enabling conditions which are imperative in order to overcome institutional and financial barriers. Setting the required enabling strategies and a regulatory framework is the foremost challenge for national, regional and local governments in terms of greener cities.


Green cities Greening urban sectors Governance Planning and regulation Civic engagement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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