Ambitious City Promises: Commitments for low-carbon urban development in Southeast Asian large cities
As of: March 2021
Several Southeast Asian countries have long experienced rapid economic growth and urbanisation – and large, fast-growing cities contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. The project supports selected cities in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam in developing local climate change mitigation plans, which are characterised by specific goals, holistic strategies and the involvement of various stakeholders. Implementation is being carried out in cooperation with the government of the Seoul metropolitan region, which published an unprecedented reduction plan in 2015 – the ‘Seoul Promise’. Low-emission development paths for cities (‘City Promises’) are developed in the project cities and their implementation is also supported. Each regional government develops locally adapted climate change mitigation targets and action plans, which are tailored to the individual framework conditions and priorities. In this way, the project also contributes to the implementation of the partner countries’ NDCs .
State of implementation/results
- The project cities were selected and are Jakarta, Hanoi, and Pasig City.
- The satellite cities which will benefit from the resources and capacity building opportunities were also selected and are Tangerang, Bekasi, Soc Son, Son Tay, Paranaque, and Marikina.
- In 2018 a Cities & Regions Talanoa Dialogue was conducted in each partner country.
- In 2019 the first project results were presented at the Seoul Mayor Forum on Climate Change.
- A series of expert meetings was conducted in Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam, where the priority urban sectors for the project cities were identified.
- The priority sector for Hanoi is air quality while the priorities for Jakarta and Pasig City are energy efficiency and conservation.
- In September 2020 there were ten public consultations in all project cities conducted to engage with citizens and to present the local climate action plans.
- The project is currently promoted by nine social media campaigns through which at least 200.000 people have been reached so far.