Arup is a firm that values learning. Our partnerships with global organisations enable an exchange of knowledge and ideas and help make a positive difference in society.

Such partnerships reinforce our commitment to sustainability, both in the work we do for our clients and the way we run our business.

Tackling climate change with the C40

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group connects more than 75 of the world’s greatest cities, representing 550+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.

Whilst always important, cities are increasingly so given unprecedented rates of urbanisation and development. Arup works in the built environment all over the world and recognises climate change as a major challenge. We have long admired the work of the C40 in bringing city leaders together to share best practice on climate action.

This is why in June 2015, we announced a major partnership with C40, committing $1 million of consultancy support over three years to help cities take meaningful action against climate change.

Since 2009, Arup has worked with C40 to develop key pieces of strategic research. The Climate Action in Megacities series are comprehensive surveys of C40 member cities designed to analyse the range of concrete actions cities are implementing to tackle climate change. In collaboration with C40, Arup designed and analysed one of the largest datasets developed on city action, such as new public cycle hire schemes and renewable energy initiatives. It showed that C40 cities alone have doubled their actions against climate change in just the last two years.

In 2013, Arup was asked by UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, to assess existing city commitments to climate change. With national commitments still pending, the research showed that some 228 global cities, representing 436 million people, have already set greenhouse gas reduction goals. This work was launched by the Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, at the UN Climate Change Summit in 2014.

The partnership is founded on Arup’s independence and evidence-based approach, alongside C40’s longstanding belief in "measurement for management". It will support a strong research agenda, aggregating and analysing city data to help cities identify opportunities, collaborate and therefore take meaningful climate action faster and more efficiently.

View a short film about our partnership with C40