URCM addresses some of the most fundamental scientific issues related to carbon management:
- How do urbanization and the global carbon cycle interact globally through population, affluence, energy and other biophysical and socioeconomic mechanisms?
- How can we quantify current and past carbon emissions/sinks in cities and regions? What are the future scenarios of decarbonized urban and regional development?
- What configurations of underlying and proximate drivers (geography, socioeconomic factors, historical legacies/trajectories etc.) explain the differences in carbon trajectories of cities?
- What management strategies can influence carbon mitigation in cities?
- What are the trade-offs and synergies of streamlining carbon management in local areas?
- What are the roles of the institutions and carbon governance structures in sound urban and regional carbon management?
Framework of Urban and Regional Carbon Management
Implementation of URCM
- Synthesizing studies to provide a comprehensive and holistic policy relevant picture of urban and regional carbon management
- Facilitating the initiation of pioneering research within the URCM framework where major gaps exist
- Organizing conferences and workshops to build a scientific community for URCM
- Bringing scientific understanding to policy discussions through science-policy dialogue
- Developing partnerships with other scientific and policy communities