Rio de Janeiro Low-Carbon City Development Program


Rio de Janeiro residents are helping reduce emissions in several ways, including using the city's bicycle program.

Mariana Kaipper Ceratti / World Bank

The Rio de Janeiro Low Carbon City Development Program (LCCDP) is a systems-approach to low carbon development, including a framework and set of comprehensive requirements to help the city to plan, implement, monitor, and account for low carbon investments and climate change mitigation actions across all sectors in the city over time.

The Rio LCCDP, the specifics of which are captured in the Rio LCCDP Program Document (pdf, file size 5MB), was launched in June 2012 at the Rio+20 conference with the presentation of its compliance with the new LCCDP Assessment Protocol, including the achievement of multiple International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditations. The ISO-certification makes the Program a prototype for a business model that can be replicated in cities around the world.

LCCDP Guidebook

The LCCDP Guidebook (pdf, file size 2MB) was developed by the World Bank and DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability to provide guidance to cities and urban practitioners to designing and implementing an LCCDP that complies with the LCCDP Assessment Protocol. The main content of the Guidebook is presented in four sections that correspond to the stages of LCCDP development: Initiation, Planning, Execution, and Assessment/ Evaluation. This draft of the Guidebook is for consultation.

We invite comments, observations, and feedback to help improve subsequent versions of the Guidebook, as well as to further link its content to case studies, tools, initiatives and programs offered by organizations and practitioners in the urban development space.

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Rio LCCDP Issue Note

The Rio LCCDP Issue Note (pdf), part of the Directions in Urban Development series, describes the context underlying the development of the Program in Rio and the key components of such an ISO-certified program including roles and responsibilities, planning and evaluation, and the program process.