THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY

Leading on Urban Climate Action

One of the founding principles of the urban place management industry is that of environmental sustainability. It is an industry born from the need to make town and cities work better to prevent urban sprawl and the unnecessary loss of green space. Today, these principles need to be applied to a wider context – the climate emergency.

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THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND THE CLIMATE CRISIS

It is not yet clear everything the urban place management industry needs to do in response to the climate emergency, but we know that the built environment contributes 40% to carbon emissions, that the make up of the built environment greatly influences other key factors such as transport, consumption, and waste and that the built environment will be uniquely impacted by extreme weather events. We also know that, as with any other emergency, action is needed urgently.

ATCM is working with partners across government, industry and civil society to help develop an understand of the climate action needed in towns and cities to make a positive difference. This began in 2020 with our landmark Place Management Conference ‘Green High Street 2050’, our first ever big event entirely dedicated to the issue of sustainability.


Our mission is to get all of our members on the path to net zero. Join us to be part of charting this path.

 
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GREEN HIGH STREET 2050: A CLIMATE EMERGENCY

Our Landmark Place Management Conference

It is not yet clear everything the urban place management industry needs to do in response to the climate emergency, but we know that the built environment contributes 40% to carbon emissions, that the make up of the built environment greatly influences other key factors such as transport, consumption, and waste and that the built environment will be uniquely impacted by extreme weather events. We also know that, as with any other emergency, action is needed urgently.

ATCM is working with partners across government, industry and civil society to help develop an understand of the climate action needed in towns and cities to make a positive difference. This began in 2020 with our landmark Place Management Conference ‘Green High Street 2050’, our first ever big event entirely dedicated to the issue of sustainability.


Our mission is to get all of our members on the path to net zero. Join us to be part of charting this path.

 
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JOIN THE RACE TO ZERO

The next decade will decide the future for humanity. Delivering a green and just recovery to the COVID-19 crisis; creating strong, fair economies that serve everyone; and cutting greenhouse gas emissions quickly enough to limit global heating to the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement, are one and the same thing. None are possible without the others. Success in all is the only way to prevent a catastrophic crisis.

 

C40 Cities, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), CDP, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have come together to mobilize an unprecedented coalition of cities committed to setting science-based targets and start implementing inclusive and resilient climate action ahead of and beyond the COP26 in Glasgow. This is the Cities Race to Zero effort, with the goal of recruiting 1,000 cities to the Race to Zero, in support of the COP26 Roadmap of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency to the UNFCCC.


Click here to find out how your city can join the Race to Zero.

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