Why and how to set science-based targets for cities

New climate guide for cities

Why your city should set science-based targets

Cities must become resilient, healthy and prosperous places to live and work, particularly as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Cities setting science-based targets will benefit from a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth, which specifies how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and take action to restore and protect nature.

Strong environmental action in cities signals ambition and can help increase policy action at the national level of government. Action in cities now needs to go beyond commitments to setting validated and science-based targets.