The neighbourhood scale in a city offers some unique opportunities to accelerate towards net zero. When designing a new neighbourhood or beginning a major district-scale regeneration project, cities can set a clear vision and step up ambition on climate objectives. 

Taking advantage of the balance between scale and agility, neighbourhood projects can pioneer new policy, trial innovative partnership arrangements, consider creative ways to increase citizen participation and test new technologies or products that can support the overarching vision.

Neighbourhoods provide an ideal scale and context for equitable and sustainable recovery and an opportunity to develop replicable, net zero approaches that can be deployed city-wide and beyond. This Guidebook from Arup and C40 provides cities, as well as national governments, private sector developers, residents and communities, with the framework and approaches to develop ambitious net zero and people-centred neighbourhoods that showcase today the future we want to see.

Alongside the Green and Thriving Neighbourhoods guidebook, we have published a holistic neighbourhood-level emissions assessment framework. This allows cities, governments, developers and communities to understand the emissions impact of new developments or smaller scale targeted interventions, enabling them to make decisions that set the project and their neighbourhood on a net zero trajectory.

Download the guidebook and framework