Investigators from McGill University Target Urban Economics
2012 APR 20 - (VerticalNews.com) -- According to the authors of recent research published in the Journal of Urban Economics, "More than 600 local governments in the US are developing climate action plans that lay out specific measures to reduce emissions from municipal operations, households and firms. To date, however, it is unclear whether these plans are being implemented or have any causal effects on emissions."
"Using data from California, I provide the first quantitative analysis of the impacts of climate plans. I find that cities with climate plans have had far greater success in implementing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than their counterparts without such plans. For example, they have more green buildings, spend more on pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and have implemented more programs to divert waste from methane-generating landfills. I find little evidence, however, that climate plans play any causal role in this success. Rather, citizens' environmental preferences appear to be a more important driver of both the adoption of climate plans and the pursuit of specific emission reduction measures," wrote A. Millard-Ball and colleagues, McGill University.
The researchers concluded: "Thus, climate plans are largely codifying outcomes that would have been achieved in any case."
Millard-Ball and colleagues published their study in the Journal of Urban Economics (Do city climate plans reduce emissions? Journal of Urban Economics, 2012;71(3):289-311).
For additional information, contact A. Millard-Ball, McGill University, McGill Sch Environm, Montreal, PQ H3A 2K6, Canada.
The publisher's contact information for the Journal of Urban Economics is: Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science, 525 B St, Ste 1900, San Diego, CA 92101-4495, USA.
Keywords: City:Montreal, State:Quebec, Country:Canada, Region:North and Central America
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