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World Economic Forum launches digital platform to reduce carbon emissions in cities

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Countries around the world are racing to reach net-zero carbon emissions in their economies by 2050. This goal requires intensive international efforts. It requires the participation of all segments of society.
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Countries around the world are racing to reach net-zero carbon emissions in their economies by 2050. This goal requires intensive international efforts. It requires the participation of all segments of society. To support these efforts, The World Economic Forum and Accenture have launched a toolkit that provides solutions for entities and ways to boost clean energy production and smart infrastructure and transform all sectors towards the 2050 target.

In the face of the international community's reaction to the alarming changes in the proportion of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, Emissions of these gases must be reduced, Foremost among them is carbon dioxide to restore the entire natural system to equilibrium. Since any future scenario to positively impact climate change must address net-zero carbon emission targets, A plan to reach zero-emission economies by 2050 has been approved. It is a goal that requires the concerted efforts of governments, the private sector, citizens, companies and institutions.

In this global effort to halt climate change and stabilize temperatures, Cities play a vital role as a hub for a sustainable future. Because it consumes 78% of the world's energy and produces 70% of total carbon emissions, This role is becoming increasingly important as its population continues to rise. which is estimated to reach 68% by 2050, This means it will be stable for an additional 2.5 billion people. This figure will lead to increased energy consumption, It will multiply the infrastructure needs of cities and thus increase carbon emissions, This poses a major challenge for city leaders to find ways and devise solutions to the crisis to reduce greenhouse emissions. It's not just about meeting these growing needs of the population, Rather, consideration should be taken of the gradual reduction of their environmental and climate impact. down to zero carbon emissions.

In response to this pressing challenge facing the entire world, The World Economic Forum launched the first edition of a toolkit and solutions to reduce carbon emissions in cities at the Sustainable Development Impact Summit. In collaboration with Accenture Management Consulting. The forum created an interactive digital platform that presents more than 200 practical solutions aimed at helping city, local government and business leaders select optimal solutions that can be implemented in the short term and join the global trend towards total decarbonization. These solutions include models for policy, entrepreneurship and financing.

Within this toolkit, which is the first of its kind, The platform team has combined pioneering practices to promote sustainability and reduce carbon emissions, Accompanied by case studies, innovations and challenges collected from more than 110 entities including cities, companies, academic entities, civil society institutions and community members from all over the world. The platform focuses on clean electricity solutions, smart infrastructure and alternative energy, and its applications in various sectors, Including energy, construction and transportation. Besides, Studies show that achieving zero carbon emissions requires a shift in how energy is produced, distributed and consumed. In addition to enabling the transition towards the production of clean and circular economy-based electricity using integrated energy solutions to meet local needs and construction and transportation services, Infrastructure and transport network can play a catalyst for green urban transformation. The forum also focused on artificial intelligence as a key means to help decentralize energy systems and integrate renewable energy into different grids.

In fact, many of these solutions are tailored to the characteristics of different cities because each case takes into account the specificity of the city they are targeting in terms of energy grids, population density and income levels. To deal with these aspects, The team worked to expand the scope of studies and employ ideas that were previously applied in several cities to present them within templates that provide energy solutions in a practical and integrated manner. This is to achieve a transition to zero-carbon economies that fit any city, any size, anywhere in the world.

In its first edition, The platform launched a publicly available database that was divided into 4 main groups, namely the field of construction, , energy, transportation, waste management and sanitation. For example, The platform included a solution from Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, which was to provide a smart application for the city's residents to encourage them to adopt sustainable and environmentally friendly practices and behaviors. It measures the positive impact of users' activities on the environment and rewards them based on it. Another solution from Paris presented a project to employ "digital twinning" technologies in the feasibility study of different building models in reducing carbon emissions.

These facts provided by the platform confirm that these solutions do not only reduce emissions, It also has other valuable outputs at the economic and social levels, Such as providing jobs and improving air quality. These sustainability initiatives will also contribute to accelerating the global climate change agenda. This is done by coordinating and scaling up efforts to mainstream sustainable, resilient and equitable ecosystems in all cities around the world. The most important benefit for cities is the availability of solutions and innovations that have been previously tested. After adapting it to the specificity, needs and sensitivity of each city.

The number of solutions included in the platform is expected to increase by next year by collecting contributions from other parties. And enrich the platform with the experiences of new cities, To intensify efforts until reaching the strategic goal for the year 2050.





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