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Record number 536281
Title The limits of voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings for staying under 1.5 °C
Author(s) Heijden, Jeroen Van der
Source Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 30 (2018). - ISSN 1877-3435 - p. 59 - 66.
Department(s) Environmental Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018

Voluntary urban climate programs challenge firms and citizens to reduce resource consumption and carbon emissions at city level but without the force of law. High hopes are expressed about their capacity to accelerate a transition towards low-carbon building and city (re)development. This article explores, maps, and interrogates a global trend of voluntary urban climate programs, with a specific focus on action-networks, performance recognition programs, and eco-financing for low-carbon building initiatives. It finds that, thus far and within the boundaries of the literature reviewed, voluntary programs for building initiatives have not contributed to resource consumption and carbon emissions reductions at a level that will help achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement (i.e., staying under 1.5 °C). It concludes with approaches that will help to make better use of these programs.

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