The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)’s Climate Change Department together hosted a low carbon city workshop with US-China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP)’s Energy Efficient Building and Design Working Group (EEBDWG).
During the May 30th roundtable meeting at NDRC headquarters, NDRC officials from Department of Climate Change’s Division of National Policy and Compliance, National Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation Center, Energy Sustainability Center, Energy Research Institute, exchanged in frank discussions with EEBD WG members on how China can achieve its low carbon city objectives.
China has set as a national goal to reduce the intensity of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP in 2020 by 40 to 45 percent compared with the level of 2005. To achieve this, the State Council designated NDRC to promote low carbon provinces and cities. Since 2010, NDRC’s climate change department has designated forty-two provinces and cities to adopt low carbon practices in environmentally sustainable urban planning, industry development, transportation systems, building management and lifestyle.
The purpose of the NDRC workshop with ECP is to support the low carbon demonstration city development through an exchange of experiences and ideas and discussions about low carbon opportunities and challenges. ECP members AECOM and ICF shared with the NDRC officials Chinese and international strategies on how China can create low carbon cities through environmental sustainable urban planning, industry development, transportation systems, and building management. NDRC officials shared the current policies mechanisms that the Chinese government seeks to adopt to promote low carbon city development. The roundtable outcome was the identification of areas for public-private collaboration, such as the sharing of the best practices to the leaders of the designated low carbon cities.
More than 30 attendees participated in the workshop, including EEBD WG co-chair UTC, and members Caterpillar, Intel, Honeywell, as well as representatives from the US government, Chinese local governments and property developers.