The Plan Metropolitano de Desarrollo y Ordenamiento Territorial 2012-2025 (2012-2025 Metropolitan Land Planning and Management Plan), approved in February 2015, calls for the reduction of Quito’s carbon footprint and corresponding compensation as a central component of the city’s climate change policy, a groundbreaking step for the city and likely a first in the region.
The carbon footprint takes into account the total greenhouse gas emissions from the industrial, residential, transportation, and solid waste sectors, and is a much stronger communication tool than individual greenhouse gas emissions numbers. It also allows for improved coordination among carbon footprint reduction and compensation initiatives in the private, public, and civil society sectors, thus creating a model for other cross-sector initiatives for mitigating climate change.
An advisory committee was assembled with representatives from civil society organizations, businesses, and government agencies. The committee provides technical and strategic support to the Municipal Government of of Quito (through its Environmental Office) and serves as a diverse space for dialogue and collaboration to build a more sustainable Quito.
Since the start of this initative, Fundación Avina has provided strategic advising, contextual intelligence, and financial support for efforts to build dialogue and collaboration between the city government and the private sector, as well as for the meetings of the advisory committee. Additionally, it serves as a representative from civil society on the committee.
Contact: Carolina Zambrano, Country Director