Articles by Alex Demosthenes

About Alex Demosthenes

Alex Demosthenes is a Project Finance Analyst at a top tier bank and was previously a Climate Change Analyst and advisory consultant at the World Bank Group. He is interested in the role that finance plays in mitigating impacts of climate change. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree from Elon University in International Studies and Spanish and a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Economics and Policy.

Emissions Reduction in Cities: A Guide to Getting Started

Cities present the greatest opportunity in the fight for low carbon development that promotes sustainability. Around the world we see the growth of “megacities” with developing world countries experiencing some of the greatest urbanization rates. The UN Population Fund estimates that more than half of the world’s population lives in cities today, and the number of urban dwellers is expected to continue to grow. NASA estimates that cities produce 70% of all fossil fuel CO2 emissions.

This post examines three steps that cities can follow to achieve emissions reductions.

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