Project resources

Urban-LEDS Final Report - Download
This Final Report released in 2016, provides a summary of project highlights and achievements since the beginning of the project in March 2012 until its completion in March 2016.
Published: April 2016

Urban-LEDS Project Brochure - Download
The Urban-LEDS project brochure is a four-page brochure providing an overview of the Urban-LEDS project, its activities, approaches and tools, as well as the main outputs and benefits.
Published: July 2013

Introducing the 8 Urban LEDS Model Cities - Download
Brochure introducing the 8 model cities that have been selected for the Urban-LEDS project.
Published: November 2013

Urban-LEDS Project Update 2015 - Download
Published: December 2015

Urban-LEDS Project Update 2014 - Download
Published: December 2014

Urban-LEDS Interim Evaluation Synthesis Report - Download
The present report assesses the progress towards positive results and the preparedness of the programme structure to accomplish that purpose.
Published: September 2015

Guidance and tools

Measuring, Reporting, Verification (MRV) of Urban Low Emission Development
ICLEI's GreenClimateCities Handbook for Local Governments
English version
Portuguese version
Bahasa version

Solutions Gateway Sourcebook
Low Carbon Solutions for Urban Development Challenges: an easy-to-use guidance for local governments
English version
Portuguese version
Bahasa version

The Paris Climate Package
A Basic Guide for Local and Subnational Governments
Published: May 2016

carbonn® Climate Registry (cCR) 5-Year Report
This Five Year Overview Report of the carbonn® Climate Registry (cCR) provides a synopsis of reporting trends by local and subnational governments around the world that have been reporting their climate commitments, performance (greenhouse gas inventories) and actions between November 2010 and November 2015.
Published: December 2015

Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning (version 1.0)
The Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning reviews typical steps in the city-level climate action planning process in light of a proposed set of globally applicable principles.
Published by: UN-Habitat
Published in: 2015

District Energy in Cities
Unlocking the Potential of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Full Executive Summary available here.

Fact Sheet: Pool of Experts
In the Urban-LEDS project implemented by ICLEI and UN-Habitat, a Pool of Experts is created as a global network of multi-disciplinary experts who can provide Local Governments with necessary support and expertise when developing urban Low Carbon Development Strategies (Urban LEDS).

Fact Sheet: Solutions Gateway
Solutions Gateway is an online resource platform for Local Governments where they are able to find possible Low Emissions Development (LED) Solutions for their cities.
Visit the Solutions Gateway website here

Vertically Integrated Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions
Cities and sub-national governments have key competences and influence in sectors with high greenhouse gas emissions such as transport, buildings, waste management, energy generation and energy use. In many cases, however, the planning, implementation and reporting of climate mitigation measures are not effectively integrated between national and sub-national levels. Based on initial experiences with vertically integrated Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (V-NAMAs), this folder presents policy recommendations, case studies, and tools aimed at strengthening the involvement of sub-national governments in mitigation actions.

Building Energy Efficiency V-NAMA in South Africa
Energy efficiency in buildings is an area where local governments can have a key influence and is one of the eight priority areas identified in South Africa's national Climate Change Response Strategy. Since 2012, the GIZ has supported partners in the South African government to develop "Vertically Integrated National Appropriate Mitigation Actions" (V-NAMA) focusing on energy efficiency in public buildings.

Waste Management V-NAMA in Indonesia
Waste management is a sector where local governments have key competencies and is one of five priority areas identified in Indonesia's National Action Plan for reducing greenhouse gas Emissions (RAN-GRK). Since 2012, GIZ has been supporting partners in Indonesia to develop "Vertically Integrated National Appropriate Mitigation Actions" (V-NAMA) focussing on municipal solid waste management (MSWM).

Policy and Implementation Recommendations
Sub-national governments have an increasingly important role to play in actions which contribute to the implementation of national government climate change strategies and commitments. Integrating efforts across multiple levels of government effectively (“vertical integration“) can be challenging depending on the context but the rewards in terms of improved efficiency and impact can be great. Drawing on recent research and practitioner insights, a range of recommendations are presented here to enhance the design and implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) through improving vertical integration.

The Role of Local Governments in Low Emission Development


Urban-LEDS Newsletter #8 - Final Newsletter
Published: March 2016

Urban-LEDS Newsletter #7
Published: March 2016

Urban-LEDS Newsletter #6
Published: January 2016

Urban-LEDS Newsletter #5
Published: October 2015

Urban-LEDS Newsletter #4
Published: July 2015

Urban-LEDS Newsletter #3
Published: February 2015

Urban-LEDS Newsletter #2
Published: March 2014

Urban-LEDS Newsletter #1
Published: November 2013


Compact of Mayors: the World´s Largest Coalition on Local Climate Action and Towards Sustainable Development Goals/ HABITAT III
An introduction to the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR)
From Vision to Action Plan: Raising the Global Level of Ambition through National and Local Climate Action
Launch of the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) - a COP20 Side Event Coverage by IISD
Introducing the GCC Methodology (Portuguese)
Introducing the GCC methodology (English)
Introducing Urban LEDS (Portuguese)
Introducing Urban LEDS (English)

Videos from the Urban-LEDS cities
ICLEI Africa - Urban Low Emission Development
Come Discover KwaDukuza Municipality!
Doornkop Community, South Africa: Showcasing Sustainable Solutions

Urban-LEDS cities present their Transformative Actions Program (TAP) Projects
Recife TAP Project (1) Mayor Geraldo Julio of Recife, Brazil speaks about Recife's
Recife TAP Project (2) Alberto Feitosa, Sanitation Secretary of Recife speaks about the Mapping Project of Informal Settlements in Recife City 
Águeda Muniz, Municipal Secretary of Urban Development and Environment in Fortaleza, explains how the afforestation plan will benefit the city
Commissioner Vijay Nehra of Rajkot, India speaks on citizen action to advance local sustainability initiatives
Mayor Gustavo Fruet of Curitiba presents the city's the Sustainable Village project

Low emissions development in cities worldwide
City of Malmö, Sweden: Implementing Green Solutions in Augustenborg - this video illustrates the Sustainable Storm Water Management Package available in the Solutions Gateway.
City of Tshwane, South Africa: recent city initiatives, barriers, opportunities and next steps after COP21 by a city that has a clear political interest in exploring the 100% renewable energy pathway.

Case studies

Curitiba, Brazil
A model for Transit Oriented Development

Bogor, Indonesia
Embedding a low emissions approach into the municipal 5-year development plan

Balikpapan, Indonesia
Moving from analysis to action through low-emissions development planning

Fortaleza, Brazil
Integrating greenhouse gas inventories as a decision making tool for informed action

Recife, Brazil
Enhancing the participatory process when building a municipal climate change agenda

Sorocaba, Brazil
IntegraBike: Peddling towards sustainable urban development
Download (English) (Portuguese)

KwaDukuza and Steve Tshwete Local Municipalities, South Africa
Comprehensive approaches to local low emission development: from engagement to planning to action

Rajkot, India
Decentralized waste water treatment system for open streams

Steve Tshwete, South Africa
Doornkop Community Solar Solutions

Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Certification standards for fighting climate change: the "Sustainable BH" Seal
Download (English) (Portugese)

Rajkot, India
Enhancing 'Livability' through Urban Low Emission Development

Medellín, Colombia
A new approach to solid waste management in Medellín: matching problems with solutions

Curitiba, Brazil
Curitiba Ecoelétrico: moving towards intelligent electric urban mobility

Lima, Peru
Moving towards an integrated model for efficient water management in Lima

Barcelona, Spain
Using solar energy - supporting community energy self sufficiency

Copenhagen, Denmark
The Nørrebrogade Project: revitalizing a major road corridor for enhanced public transport and urban life

Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa
Embedded energy generation experience in a South African metropolitan municipality

Shimla, India
Addressing future climate change by building institutional capacity


Solutions Gateway and Pool of Experts Webinar
Webinar held on 22nd of March, 2016, at the ICLEI World Secretariat
Ana Marques, Senior Officer, Low Carbon Cities carbonn® Center - Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting,
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Agathe Cavicchioli, Junior Officer, Low Carbon Cities, ICLEI
Chang Deng-Beck, Project Officer, Low Carbon Cities, ICLEI
Guest Speakers:
Session1: Lighea Speziale, Scientific and Technical Officer, Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants
Session2: Gabriela Otero, Coordinator, Technical Department, ABRELPE
Video Session 1
Video Session 2

Green bonds for Cities in the South webinar
Webinar held on October 29th, 2015, at the ICLEI World Secretariat
Chang Deng-Beck, Project Officer, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Padraig Oliver, Climate Policy Institute
Viola Lutz, South Pole Group / Carbon City Lab

SE4ALL Webinar series
Brought to you by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), under the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative.
Combining Building Efficiency and District Energy for More Sustainable Cities: A SE4ALL Webinar
Webinar Agenda and Presentations:
1. Welcome and Introduction of SE4ALL Energy Efficiency Accelerators
- Maryke van Staden, Low Carbon Cities Program Manager, ICLEI World Secretariat
- Lily Riahi, Advisor on Sustainable Energy in Cities, Energy, Climate and Technology Branch, UNEP
2. The building efficiency and district energy relationship and opportunities for action in cities: Building Energy Accelerator and District Energy in Cities
- Ingo Wagner Ingo Wagner, Policy and Project Officer, Euroheat and Power
3. Warsaw’s building efficiency and district energy activities
- Leszek Drogosz, Director of Infrastructure Department, City of Warsaw, Poland
- Marcin Wróblewski, Infrastructure Department, City of Warsaw, Poland
4. Dubai’s building efficiency and district energy activities
- Samer Khoudeir, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Empower

Full System Accounting of Energy Efficiency in Buildings: A SE4ALL Webinar
Webinar held on November 3rd, 2015 at the ICLEI World Secretariat
Maryke van Staden, Low Carbon Cities Program Manager and Director of the carbonn Center
- Lily Riahi, Advisor on Sustainable Energy in Cities, UNEP
- Shannon Lawrence, Director of Global Initiatives, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
- Eva Hoos, Policy Officer, DG Energy, European Commission
- Sean Pander, Green Building Manager, City of Vancouver
- Astrid Madsen, Sustainability Programme Advisor, City of Rotterdam

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