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Net Zero Carbon Cities

The City Sprint process is a series of guided workshops engaging business, government, and civil society leaders – from energy, transport and built environment sectors – to catalyze decarbonization initiatives through energy efficiency, clean electrification and resource circularity.

The outcome of the workshop series is a shortlist of relevant policies and business models, which reduce emissions and maximize System Value, such as economic development, job creation, resilience, and improved human health through better air and water quality.

City Sprints are intended to help to jumpstart local net zero planning and action by creating a coalition of local public and private sector stakeholders to implement projects together.

The City Sprint process and the Toolbox of Solutions are designed to be used in tandem to accelerate action.

The City Sprint methodology was developed by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Accenture. City Sprint workshops may be led by delivery partners using this methodology and accompanying guidance manual.


WATCH | Abridged LIVE City Sprint demo at COP26

Developed by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Accenture, with involvement from stakeholders around the world.


WATCH | Net Zero Carbon City Sprints, City of San Diego

The City of San Diego chose to focus on decarbonizing the existing building stock to achieve Net Zero by 2035.

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