Cities play a unique and crucial role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Making public transport more attractive and accessible, and sharing expertise among cities are two key ways to making urban areas more sustainable and liveable, say city leaders and experts.
Richard Palmer, sustainability director at Parsons Brinckerhoff, says sustainability advocates in Australia have failed to shift the entire industry despite voluntary certification and statutory initiatives.
Jessica Cheam –
The city-state has outlined its strategy for both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change, but wider support from the business community and the public is needed to help meet its climate target.
Matt Coetzee –
It takes more than technology to make a city smart, says Aurecon New Zealand and Australia advisory leader Matt Coetzee. A smart city must solve relevant problems and make the liveability of residents its central purpose.
Gino Van Begin –
The New Urban Agenda must reinforce three key city assets, says ICLEI secretary general Gino Van Begin: Ambitious leaders, skilled staff, and strong community and stakeholder engagement.