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Partnerships for improved sustainability: A case study method applied to partnerships in the transport industry

National governments are the signatories to international sustainability agreements such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), New Urban Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement. However, they cannot single-handedly realise these goals; this can only be achieved through cooperation among all relevant actors, including local and regional governments, businesses and civil society.

Local governments control less than 20% of their carbon emission-producing assets. If cities want to achieve their sustainability goals, they too have to look towards other public, private and civic actors for support.

This report investigates how initiatives for improved sustainability within the transport industry are delivered through various types of collaborative relationships. It finds that by engaging in collaboration across sectors, we are able to implement novel initiatives that improve efficiency, competitiveness and help reduce CO2 emissions as well as water, air and soil pollution.

This case study was written by Dr. Luise Noring and Julie Jo Nygaard and is a co-publication of Scandria®2Act, ICLEI, City Facilitators and Copenhagen Business School.