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Climate Change Risk Assessment and Management


Fig. 33: Serious effects of climate change currently faced by cities


Cities as leaders in climate change fight


Climate change is widely recognized as one of the most serious challenges the world faces, with consequences that go far beyond its impact on the environment alone. It is no longer a question of ‘if’ we have to move into a low-carbon energy future but ‘how’ we will get there.


Despite a complex array of challenges, it is encouraging to see that both C40 cities and non-C40 cities are (voluntarily) taking great strides towards shaping the global approach to climate change. An overwhelming number of cities have responded to the CDP Cities questionnaire, highlighting cities’ commitment to sound disclosure and climate change. Cities that measure and analyze their emissions will be in a better position to manage them and adapt to new circumstances. Each city is a frontrunner in the combat against climate change in its own right.


Although it is encouraging to see that many cities have articulated a strategic vision around energy & climate and have developed GHG reduction emissions targets and innovative measures, it is only through a collective effort that climate change can be seriously contested.


Yvo de Boer


Special Global Advisor, Climate Change and Sustainability KPMG International


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