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What is the economic case for low carbon development in cities? What are the most cost and carbon effective options for different sectors and the best ways of reaching low carbon targets? These are the questions that have been examined in multiple cities around the world.
Globally, the research shows that low carbon urban development should be seen not as a cost but as an investment that will unlock substantial savings streams and significant co-benefits. Locally, studies show how cities can stimulate their economies through smart policies and well-targeted investments in low carbon development across the housing, commercial buildings, transport, industry and waste sectors.
Join us for a conversation and learn how the presentation of a compelling economic case can help cities to see low carbon development as an economic opportunity and driver for urban sustainability.
Speakers and Panelists
Dr. James Tansey, Executive Director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative, will open the session and facilitate the interactive discussion following presentations from the panel members.
Dr. Andy Gouldson, Director, ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and lead of the Climate Smart Cities programme, University of Leeds
Dr. Moura Quayle, Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues, the University of British Columbia
Matt Horne, Climate Policy Manager, City of Vancouver