Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

A project of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network

In partnership with INC and C40

Press Releases

3 July 2017:  CNCA Seeks Program Manager
This position will provide crucial support to the CNCA Director in the day-to-day management of the Alliance and implementation of key Alliance strategies and programs.

1 March 2017:  CNCA Innovation Fund Releases 2017 RFP
The CNCA Innovation Fund invests in high-potential, city-led projects that develop, test, implement and amplify deep urban de-carbonization strategies and practices. Letters of interest are due on 13 April 2017.

1 January 2017:  CNCA Releases 2016 Year End Review
This document provides an overview of CNCA's activities and key accomplishments in 2016 including adding three new member cities, the second round of projects awarded under the CNCA Innovation Fund, and facilitated greater discussion and collaboration among CNCA members.  

1 January 2017:  CNCA Releases Innovation Fund 2016 Annual Report
The CNCA Innovation Fund to date has has invested $1.7 million in 17 early stage innovation projects, including efforts to foster the next wave of carbon neutral cities leaders.

15 December 2016:  CNCA Mayors Sign Joint Letter to U.S. Mayors
Mayors from leading CNCA cities -- Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm, Sydney, and Vancouver -- issued a joint letter to their counterparts in U.S. cities to express their support and solidarity in their work to aggressively fight climate change and improve the health and well-being of U.S. communities and local economies, in light of the recent federal election.  They write that America’s leading cities are now even more essential to accelerating climate action in the United States.

9 November 2016: CNCA Innovation Fund Awards Its Second Round of Funding
The CNCA Innovation Fund - which invests in high-potential, city-led projects that develop, test, implement and amplify deep urban de-carbonization strategies and practices - issued its second round of funding, selecting eight collaborative projects totaling $879,240 USD.

6 April 2016: Finalists Named for CNCA Innovation Fund Round 2
The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) Innovation Fund Selection Committee has invited 9 member teams to submit full proposals for the Round 2 RFP.  These proposals have requested nearly $975,000 USD in total funding.  The RFP will invest in high-potential, city-led projects to develop, test, implement, and amplify deep urban decarbonization strategies and practices. 

21 January 2016: Call for Round 2 CNCA Innovation Fund Proposals - LOIs Due 3 March
The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) Innovation Fund invests in high-potential, city-led projects that develop, test, implement, and amplify deep urban decarbonization strategies and practices. This Request for Letters of Intent to Propose (LOIs) is the first step in the process through which the CNCA Innovation Fund Selection Committee will approve commissioned projects.

7 December 2015: Governors and Mayors Commit to Deep Emission Reductions in Drive to Forge a Global Agreement on Climate
In a high-profile drive to get national leaders to come together on a meaningful agreement addressing climate change this week, nine of the world’s carbon-reduction champion states, provinces and cities joined together today, redoubling their commitments to limit greenhouse gas emissions to 2 tons per capita, or 80-95% below a 1990 benchmark by 2050.

29 July 2015: Announcing First Round of Projects to be Supported by the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Innovation Fund
The CNCA Innovation Fund - which invests in high-potential, city-led projects that develop, test, implement and amplify deep urban de-carbonization strategies and practices - issued its first round of funding. Eight collaborative projects totaling $702,500 USD were funded, ranging from deep de-carbonization of the electricity, thermal, transport and waste sectors, to cross-cutting strategies such as financing and engaging "hard-to-reach" stakeholders.

20 July 2015: Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Mayors to Meet with Pope Francis About Ending Climate Change
Eleven CNCA mayors and senior officials participated in the historic meeting between Pope Francis and global mayors on July 21-22 to discuss the linkages between climate change, poverty and modern slavery, and the leadership cities are showing in addressing these challenging issues. It was the largest mayoral gathering ever at the Vatican.

27 March 2015: Leading Mayors Launch International Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance
Mayors of 17 international cities across nine nations today launched the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, a collaboration of global cities committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050 or sooner—the most ambitious GHG emission reduction targets undertaken by any cities across the globe. 

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The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance aims to address what it will take for leading international cities to achieve these deep emissions reductions and how they can work together to meet their respective goals more efficiently and effectively.

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Banner image courtesy of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, from the July 2015 CNCA mayoral meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.


The Alliance is staffed by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) 

in partnership with the Innovation Network for Communities (INC) and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)