Low-Carbon Cities China
Chinese cities take the lead on climate change
The LCCC programme focuses on cities where 70% of Chinese people will live and consume 83% of China’s energy by 2030. The growth rate of China’s cities has been exceptional, increasing incomes and successfully reducing poverty, but contributing up to 70-80% of CO2 emissions in China.
A city-based approach
The low-carbon city approach is an instrument that steers and monitors key municipal climate-change policies in order to review climate change related actions systematically. It allows municipalities to identify strengths, weaknesses and potentials for improvement, and above all, implement more targeted and efficient climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.
A Low Carbon Index System allows municipalities to apply a consistent and action-oriented management system within the municipality. The index is based on the Swiss “Energiestadt” methodology and the European Energy Award.
Low-carbon action plans
Several key municipalities are already developing their low-carbon approaches: in Yinchuan, Ninxia Autonomous Region, Meishan in Sichuan Province, Dongcheng, central district in Beijing, Kunming, in Yunnan, Baoding in Hebei, Yangling in Shaanxi and Lushun in Dalian. The cities have formed lead groups on climate change headed by the mayors, have created “low-carbon offices” and are taking concrete steps towards reducing their carbon emissions.
Energy saving in public buildings, promotion of smart low-carbon mobility, demonstration of renewable energies, energy management systems for companies and a tree-planting campaign for awareness-raising are some of the targeted actions implemented by these municipalities.
The LCCC programme also provides a knowledge- and information- sharing platform. It is designed to allow all participating cities to share information and promote low-carbon approaches, best practices and tools.
The project in brief
Country / Region
Up to 10 Chinese municipalities
Chinese governmental and academic institutions
Centres for energy efficiency
China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants
European Energy Award
China’s rate of urbanization is among the highest worldwide. Its cities produced up to 80% of greenhouse gases.
The programme supports cities in the shift towards a low-carbon development path through the rational use of energy, the increased use of renewable energies, the promotion of green building and sustainable transport.
At least 30 million people
01.06.2009 – 31.03.2013
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