Kuala Lumpur — Cities in emerging markets could attract $29-trillion in climate-related investments like green buildings and electric vehicles over the next decade, the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) said on Thursday. Researchers looked at climate action plans of cities with more than 500,000 people, focusing on six sectors: green buildings, public transport, electric vehicles, waste management, water treatment and renewable energy. "Getting the cities right is absolutely essential for climate," said Alzbeta Klein, the IFC's director for climate business. "They play a role in how climate looks and how it defines for the next generation ahead of us." More than half the global population lives in urban areas, according to the IFC. Cities consume more than two-thirds of the world's energy, and account for more than 70% of all carbon dioxide emissions. Green investments, targets and policies in cities will be crucial if countries are to meet the emissions reduction...

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