ECLAC Seminar Discusses Low-Carbon Urban Development in Latin America

ECLAC21 May 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) held a seminar on low-carbon urban development in Latin America, with support from the German Development Cooperation (GIZ).

The seminar, titled 'Low-Carbon Urban Development Pathways to a Green Economy,' took place from 20-21 May 2014, in São Paulo, Brazil.

The seminar is part of a GIZ-funded ECLAC project on low-carbon urban development that aims to promote inclusive and environmentally sustainable urban development in Latin America's metropolises while also applying climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. The ECLAC project focuses on four priority areas: water and sanitation; transport and mobility; urban solid waste; and buildings. In each area, ECLAC examines possible planning, regulatory, economic and technological measures.

The first day of the seminar included a presentation of the project framework, followed by a focus on the host city, São Paulo, with specific presentations on the city's greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and solid waste management efforts. City officials and ECLAC consultants gave a joint presentation on São Paulo's low-carbon urban development strategy and ECLAC proposals for additional measures.

The seminar's second day opened with a similar joint presentation on low-carbon urban development strategies and additional proposed measures for Santiago, Chile, and Mexico City, Mexico. Presentations also took place on: the climate change adaptation strategy for Lima, Peru; the climate change action plan for Buenos Aires, Argentina; how GHG emissions affect air quality in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the "Rio Energy Capital" project to support renewable energy and energy efficiency; and an ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) project on urban low-emission development strategies (LEDs). [Seminar Agenda and Presentations]