Consumption emissions: the new frontier for climate action by cities



7 December, 2018


Cities have so far focused on reducing their sector-based emissions, such as from fuel combustion and waste treatment, but emissions are also generated in the consumption of all the goods and services that people living in cities use, including emissions from mining, manufacturing, distribution and retail. By focusing on these ‘consumption-based’ emissions, this infographic argues that cities could double their carbon cutting potential.

Our full evidence report shows that similarities in city consumption patterns also provides scope for collaboration on other high emitting sectors, such as car manufacturing, rice production, electronics, shipping and aviation.


Caterina Brandmayr
Dustin Benton



Explore our work

We use cookies, just to track visits to our website, we store no personal details.

Accept Cookies

What are cookies?