In 2016, ULI and NCE, the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, are embarking on a major programme of research entitled Supporting Smart Urban Growth: Successful Investing in Density. The objective of the programme is to analyse, communicate and build an improved understanding among real estate organisations and city leaders of the impact of investment in compact, connected urban development on investment returns for real estate investors, costs per resident for the public sector, and carbon emissions.
These 10 actions were identified as part of our 2015 report "Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate."
New research from the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low emission transport, building efficiency, and waste management in cities could generate $17 trillion in current value savings by 2050. These low-carbon investments could also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a whopping 3.7 Gt CO2e by 2030, more than the annual emissions of India.