Since 2010, a total of eighty-one cities and six provinces have been designated as low-carbon pilots in China. Five years later, the Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities was established at the US-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit, bringing together 15 low-carbon pilots committed to achieving a carbon peak by or before 2020. These low-carbon pilots have produced a large amount of data and will continue to be important laboratories for China’s low-carbon actions at the subnational level. iGDP evaluates the low-carbon performance of China’s cities, tracks and maintains a database of low-carbon case studies, and performs research on China’s peaking and net-zero efforts at the subnational level. We organize workshops and training programs on low-carbon city planning and have partnered with the World Bank, GIZ, World Wildlife Fund, C40, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and UNESCAP’s North East Asia Low Carbon City Platform on a variety of projects.
Publications and Events
Comparative Study on Low Carbon City Development in China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea
This joint paper by iGDP, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and Korea Environment Institute (KEI) analyses and compares the low carbon city policies and practices of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, with the goal of identifying sector-specific and
city-specific good practices that may be instructive to researchers and
policymakers in the wider NEA region. It examines key national-level carbon
mitigation policies and sector-specific actions, reviews both top-down and
bottom-up low carbon city policy-design and implementation mechanisms and
describes fifteen case studies on greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions.
The study is part of UNESCAP‘s North-East Asia Low Carbon City Platform (NEA-LCCP) programme
under the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation
(NEASPEC) and will be used in NEA-LCCP information-sharing activities and to
promote regional cooperation on low carbon development and climate action.
Beyond 2°C - The Long-Term Emission Reduction Actions of Global Cities in Response to Climate Change
This report reviews and summarizes the actions taken by non-Chinese cities to achieve medium- and long-term emission reduction targets or “zero-carbon” emissions, with a specific focus on climate change-related target setting, plan development, and policy measures. It focuses on policies and actions that have significant reference-value for China’s cities with regard to long-term actions, and serves as a practical reference for policymakers and researchers interested in medium- and long-term deep emission reductions in cities around the world.
LOGIC: Low-carbon & Green Index for Cities
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.
China’s Low Carbon Cities: Carbon Peak Pledges and Progress on Green Transition
Low Carbon Cities
This factsheet provides an overview of the policies and other actions that China’s low carbon pilot cities have taken to date.
China’s Low Carbon Cities' Participation in Other Pilot Programs
Wuhan's Green Transformation Path
This Chinese language infographic provides an overview of the key sectoral low carbon policies in the city of Wuhan.
Wuhan's Green and Low Carbon Development Milestones
This Chinese language infographic highlights the milestones in Wuhan’s low carbon policymaking.
Wuhan Low Carbon Development Strategy and Policy Practices Background Report
An Integrated Strategy to Assist China's Cities in Achieving an Early Carbon Emissions Peak
Recommedations on Principles and Objective-Setting for Low-Carbon Pilots
Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities Action Fact Sheet
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.
Low Carbon Cities in China National Policies and City Action Factsheet