Sustainable Cities

Since 2010, when China started launching its low-carbon pilot projects, three batches totaling 81 cities and 6 provinces have become low-carbon pilots. The Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities (APPC) was established at the US-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit in 2015, and was welcomed by a lot of cities and provinces, whom all released their own timetable for peaking CO2 emissions. In 2017, low-carbon pilots in China altogether represented 34% of the population, 56% of the GDP and 40% of carbon emissions. These pilots have given city administrators and others rich experience to further pursue low-carbon growth. It is iGDP’s mission to systematically combine these experiences  — to compare the different results of policies and measures and to use different perspectives to understand the process of low-carbon transformation. We will supplement these with case studies to offer specific suggestions to cities aiming to go low-carbon.

Publications and Events

LOGIC: Low-carbon & Green Index for Cities

2018-09-13

Report

Low Carbon Cities

LOGIC provides a system to track progress, a database to evaluate performance, and an analytical tool to help cities identify improved solutions for low carbon and clean energy development, and early carbon peaking.

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China’s Low Carbon Cities: Carbon Peak Pledges and Progress on Green Transition

2018-06-27

Factsheet

Low Carbon Cities

Using a table format, this factsheet provides an overview of the policies and other actions that China’s low carbon pilot cities have taken to date.   

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China’s Low Carbon Cities' Participation in Other Pilot Programs

2018-06-27

Factsheet

Using a table format, this fact sheet provides an overview of additional pilot programs in which China’s low carbon city pilot cities participate.   

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Wuhan's Green Transformation Path

2018-06-22

Infographic

This Chinese language infographic provides an overview of the key sectoral low carbon policies in the city of Wuhan. 

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Wuhan's Green and Low Carbon Development Milestones

2018-06-22

Infographic

This Chinese language infographic highlights the milestones in Wuhan’s low carbon policymaking. 

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Wuhan Low Carbon Development Strategy and Policy Practices Background Report

2018-06-22

Report

This background report details the low carbon policy efforts of the city of Wuhan. 

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An Integrated Strategy to Assist China's Cities in Achieving an Early Carbon Emissions Peak

2018-01-08

Working Paper

This paper offers a set of enhanced policies and practices to help China’s cities transition toward a deep de-carbonization development path, sustaining economic growth with lower emissions, better air quality, and more livable communities.

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Recommedations on Principles and Objective-Setting for Low-Carbon Pilots

2017-09-06

Working Paper

This paper offers a set of recommendations to China’s policymakers on how to think about and set objectives in low-carbon pilots. 

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Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities Action Fact Sheet

2016-07-15

Working Paper

This factsheet provides key information about China’s Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities – a collection of cities that is striving to achieve peak carbon emissions earlier than the national target year.  

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Low Carbon Cities in China National Policies and City Action Factsheet

2015-09-01 

Factsheet

This factsheet provides an analytical review of the actions taken in 10 of the 42 pilots in China’s first batch of low low carbon pilots.

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