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Carbon analytics for net-zero emissions sustainable cities

Consensus on carbon accounting approaches at city-level is lacking and analytic frameworks to systematically link carbon mitigation with the Sustainable Development Goals are limited. A new accounting approach anchored upon key physical provisioning systems can help to address these knowledge gaps and facilitate urban transitions.

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Fig. 1: Key advances required in urban carbon analysis.


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This Comment originated from a science-policy workshop held in June 2019, hosted by the Global Carbon Project and the US National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported Sustainable Healthy Cities Network (NSF no. 1444745).

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Ramaswami, A., Tong, K., Canadell, J.G. et al. Carbon analytics for net-zero emissions sustainable cities. Nat Sustain 4, 460–463 (2021).

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