8 policies U.S. cities can follow to help cut emissions
The feasibility of a Green New Deal—a massive mobilization to decarbonize the economy—has gone from a progressive dream to one of the most commented upon topics in American politics in a few months time.
There’s a hunger for action around the environment, and with federal policies frozen or in regression under the current presidential administration, much of the action in the U.S. around combatting climate change has fallen to local and city leaders.
From pledging to stay in the Paris climate accords to adopting renewable power, U.S. cities have seen a flurry of activity and innovation, pushing new programs and initiatives. But as the need for emissions cuts and resiliency plans become more clear in the wake of increased billion-dollar disasters, flooding, and wildfires, the desire for big ideas only grows.
Luckily, there are plenty of examples of great policy around the globe. Curbed spoke with experts from the Natural Resources Defense Council, C40 Cities, Global 100%RE, Sierra Club, and the Rocky Mountain Institute to get their take on city climate policies that were progressive, practical, and, most importantly, working. Here are the ideas U.S. cities could copy.
London: An Ultra Low Emissions Zone to clean the air
Last Monday, London launched a scheme to reduce emissions in the city center. Known as the Ultra Low Emission Zone, or ULEZ, the initiative charges a flat fee of £12.50 (a little over $16) for vehicles coming into the city center that don’t meet specific emissions standards. Money generated from these fines gets funneled directly into bus, bike, and other mass transit improvements, part of Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to make 80 percent of London’s trips car-free by 2040. As C40 Cities reports, nearly 10,000 Londoners die prematurely each year as a direct consequence of air pollution, this may seem a small price to pay.
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