Municipality of Cuenca
Ecuador

Population: 400000
Area of jurisdiction: 70.59 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

International “Climate-Change Mitigation and Carbon Market Mechanisms” Seminar
The Environmental Management Commission—together with SWISSCONTACT—realized a seminar for more than 120 participants representing the general population, the productive sector, national and local governments, professional associations, and university students. Carbon market mechanisms were explained at the seminar alongside economic and environmental opportunities afforded by the implementation of climate-change mitigation measures. Start year  
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
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Streetcar and Integrated Transportation System Project
80% of the city’s 475-vehicle bus fleet enters the city’s historic downtown at an average speed of 7-10 km/hr, where a number of bus lines share the same routes and generate large amounts of noise, visual and air pollution. The streetcar, working as the spine of an integrated transportation system, will avoid emitting 11,000 metric tons of CO2 annually, will extend 21.4 km and will move 106,000 passengers daily at an average speed of 22 km/h. Start year 2010
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Energy Efficiency in Cuenca’s Artisanal Brick Industry
There are some 500 artisanal brickworks in Cuenca, the fifth largest GHG generating industry, producing 66,700 metric tons of CO2 annually (2009 statistics), and the second largest generator of direct pollutants after transportation. Working in tandem with SWISSCONTACT and via simple actions like using fans or bricks’ proper placement in kilns, the greenhouse gas emission from every firing has been reduced by 30%. Start year 2010
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Cuenca Landfill Biogas Harvest
The Pichacay landfill, administered by the municipal company known as EMAC EP, 21 kms outside Cuenca, receives 350 metric tons of solid wastes daily. The biogas that is currently burned off there will be exploited to generate electricity. The project—currently in its final design stages—will begin operations in 2013 and in its first phase will prevent the emission of some 75,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere annually. Start year 2012
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Adaptation actions

Water Resources Regulation Possibilities and Alternative Design Analysis to Benefit Multiple Uses in Major Cuenca River Sub-Basins
Due to growing water demand for general use, water scarcity events in recent decades and possible climate-change effects, a study was realized with regard to the possibility of integrated surface water regulation at the Tomebamba River hydrographic sub-basin, a Cuenca River tributary. The installation of small reservoirs will significantly reduce water-scarcity risks in the city of Cuenca. Start year 2010
Sector Water Resources
Type Regulatory
Status In progress
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Potable Water-Source Conservation via Strategic Land Acquisitions
In the past year, the city telecommunications, potable water and sewers company, ETAPA EP, has acquired 4458 hectares of land that are added to 10,471 hectares already reserved for conservation. The lands are located at the city’s water sources and at largely plateau, high-Andean ecosystems that are highly vulnerable to eventual climate-change effects as well as any human activity. Start year 2011
Sector Water Resources
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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