Discussion Paper

No. 2018-70 | September 28, 2018
(Submitted as Global Solutions Paper)


This paper argues in favor of a new urban model that harnesses the power that cities have to curb global warming. Such a model tackles fundamental management challenges in the energy, building and transport sectors to promote the growth of diverse and compact cities. Such a model is essential for meeting complex challenges in cities, such as promoting a cohesive social life and a competitive economic base while simultaneously preserving agricultural and natural systems crucial to soil, energy, and material resources. With most of the population living in urban areas, the G20 should recognize the key role that cities play in addressing global challenges such as climate change. Improved measures taken by cities should be an indispensable solution. The G20 Development Working Group, Climate Sustainability Working Group, and Energy Transitions Working Group should incorporate an urban approach to discussions related to climate change.

JEL Classification:

O18, O19, O2, O44, Q01, Q50, Q51, Q54, Q56, Q58, R00


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Gabriel Lanfranchi, Ana Carolina Herrero, Salvador Rueda Palenzuela, Inés Camilloni, and Steffen Bauer (2018). The new urban paradigm. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2018-70, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2018-70

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