John J. Berger, Amsterdam Mobilizes for a Clean, Prosperous, Sustainable Future, The Solutions Journal, Volume 8, Issue 2, March 2017, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/amsterdam-mobilizes-clean-prosperous-sustainable-future/) Abstract: Finding ways to reduce cities' greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) is vital to global efforts to mitigate climate change. Cities account for around 70 percent of global GHGs and a large growing fraction of the world's population will live in cities by 2050. The process of shrinking cities' carbon footprints may at first seem pretty straightforward: conduct studies to assess the sources and quantities of emissions along with options for reducing them. Then set targets, create policies, apply, and step back as emissions fall. But Amsterdam's experience as a frontrunner in the global race to reduce urban GHGs reveals just how much more complex these multifaceted challenges can be. An Ambitious Green Agenda The city's plans to reduce its emissions are ambitious. In Amsterdam: A Different Energy: 2040 Energy Strategy (2010),1 the city announced a goal of cutting its GHG emissions by 75 percent by 2040, compared with 1990 levels, and eventually phasing out fossil fuels. If it … Topics: Energy; Governance; Sustainability; Transportation; Urbanization