Cities and climate change: OECD report on enabling policy frameworks

On 17 September 2014, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a report entitled “Cities and Climate Change - National governments enabling local action”. The report explores how enabling policy frameworks at the national level can support critical urban action to combat climate change. It notes the important role which cities have to play in terms of addressing climate change challenges.  In order to ensure that initiatives at city level have sufficient resources and potential, supporting national and regional policies and incentives are required.  The report also notes that investing in low-carbon climate resilient urban infrastructure can provide numerous local benefits.  In order for this to be achieved, both public and private financing will need to be made available.  Concrete has much to offer in terms of urban development. As a key construction material, it enables safe, affordable and resilient housing and infrastructure.  Not only are concrete buildings and infrastructure durable, concrete buildings can provide substantial energy savings during their lifetime thanks to the high level of thermal mass of concrete.  
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