New Data-Driven Climate Action Planning Tool from the World Bank
October 5, 2016
The World Bank and partners have designed CURB, a free data-driven climate action planning tool to help cities more easily identify and prioritize cost-effective, efficient ways to reduce carbon emissions and improve urban livelihoods.
During Climate Week NYC in September 2016, the World Bank, together with C40 Cities, the Compact of Mayors, and other partners, launched a new planning tool called “CURB: Climate Action for Urban Sustainability,”.
“CURB provides tailored analyses that can help city officials more easily identify, prioritize, and plan cost-effective and efficient ways to reduce carbon emissions,” said Stephen Hammer, Manager of Climate Policy at the World Bank, who led CURB’s development.
The CURB tool relies on city-specific data to estimate the cost, feasibility, and impact of a range of climate actions under different scenarios. Using CURB, city officials can:
- Explore an array of climate-smart options—from more efficient transport systems to retrofitted buildings;
- Define what goals are realistic;
- Simulate technology and policy changes to assess the best course of action; and
- Analyze project financials to determine cost-savings and returns on investment.