2020 C40 Cities - The Case For a Green and Just Recovery


4 The objective of the analysis was to understand the multiple benefits of pursuing a green and just recovery between 2020 and 2030, specifically, the potential to create jobs and improve health in cities while limiting warming to 1.5°C. We undertook the research in response to the COVID-19 stimulus packages being developed and deployed in countries around the world at the moment. Unfortunately, the majority of these stimulus packages have failed or are failing to use this public investment opportunity as a means to achieve long-term economic, and environmental and social targets.1 This Mayoral Task Force research shows, however, that allocating stimulus funding to a Green Recovery that helps cities to reduce their emissions in line with a 1.5°C trajectory is a good use of public funding. It generates many jobs and has a significant impact on emissions, thus improving urban health by significantly improving air quality.

The report showcases how various recovery scenarios affect GHG emissions, jobs and health. A recovery based on the principles of a Global Green New Deal would see COVID-19 stimulus funds channelled to investments in key areas, such as mass transit, walking and cycling infrastructure and clean energy. Such a Green Recovery approach would have transformational economic and health benefits for C40 cities and their supply chains and put the world on track to keep global heating to less than 1.5°C compared with a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario.