What are climate action co-benefits?

February 7, 2019
Jaime Clifton

What are climate action co-benefits? In a nut shell, they’re benefits that come from climate action strategies that go beyond tackling  climate change. For example, creating compact, walkable cities can reduce the number of cars on the road, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions. But they can also lead to healthier communities as walkable cities encourage people to travel by foot or bicycle.

And while climate action strategies with associated co-benefits appear as “win-win” situations, it’s important to know that some strategies present challenges or trade-offs. Using data on climate action efforts underway in Canadian communities, we did a study mapping the relationships between strategies, benefits and trade-offs.Through these maps, we can see ways that communities can deliberately optimize the benefits from certain plans and strategies while also recognizing the challenges.

Download our open-source journal article, "Climate Action Co-benefits and Integrated Community Planning", published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses.

Visit our website to download our climate action models.