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Carbon Accounting: Forestry, Supply Chain and the Connection to the Sustainable Development Goals

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Cities are vastly complex systems with inputs and outputs which impact beyond the city boundary. Consensus on carbon accounting approaches at the city-level is lacking& and analytic frameworks to systematically link carbon mitigation with the Sustainable Development Goals are limited. A new accounting approach anchored upon key physical provisioning systems can help to address these knowledge gaps and facilitate urban transitions. More than 500 cities worldwide have established low-carbon and net-zero carbon goals& and many are advancing climate adaptation& health and social equity& consistent with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However& there is little consensus on how to measure urban carbon emissions to achieve decarbonization. Furthermore& we lack analytic frameworks to systematically link urban carbon mitigation with other SDGs. There is an urgent need for higher quality usage-activity data for resource consumption to allow city leaders to make informed assessments of urban metabolic flows. This workshop provides a way forward on both fronts& wherein we: (1) map the different greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting approaches to specific aspects of urban decarbonization policy; and (2) highlight advances in measurement and analytics& rooted in urban infrastructure transitions& to link carbon mitigation with multiple SDGs. Key Reference: Ramaswami& A.& Tong& K.& Canadell& J.G. et al. Carbon analytics for net-zero emissions sustainable cities. Nat Sustain 4& 460–463 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-021-00715-5