Delivering National Climate Action Through Decarbonized Cities

By Gabriel Lanfranchi, Kate Kooka, Olivier Richard, and Malcolm Shield


This policy brief summarizes the current challenges facing national governments as they undertake decarbonization policies in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The brief emphasizes three policy themes, including the role of urban climate actions, financing transitions toward decarbonization, and comprehensive metropolitan governance mechanisms. We also present nine policy proposals and consider the implementation of recent policies in Paris.