This contribution will provide the necessary resources to translate national climate ambitions into local action in urban areas.
Cities are responsible for 75 percent of the planet's carbon dioxide emissions, with more than half of the world's population living in cities, she said, stressing that by financing local solutions in cities, USAID is working to reduce the costs and consequences of climate impacts while protecting development gains.
The new U.S. initiatives will focus on supporting programs and partnerships that enable local governments to anticipate climate risks and target urban issues such as air pollution in Bishkek, in the Kyrgyz Republic, and building resilience to rising temperatures and water scarcity in Rajkot, India, and in other cities, such as Hermosillo and Merida, Mexico, and Bombumbilla, South Africa.
She explained that the focus will be on decarbonizing the electric vehicle transport sector and public transport, converting buildings to net zero emissions through energy efficiency measures and clean energy sources, accelerating innovative adaptation solutions, and expanding climate finance options for local governments.
This funding expands and complements USAID's ongoing work to empower local governments and vulnerable communities to achieve a resilient, low-carbon future.