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China’s role in tackling global warming and air pollution, one of the world’s largest environmental health risks, is critical. As the largest source of emissions, cities play an outsized role in generating GHG but also in developing and implementing solutions to peak emissions and ultimately bring them to zero.  In order to do so, cities in China and throughout the globe must decouple economic growth and prosperity from carbon and from pollution, thereby realizing sustainable and equitable development.  

The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) convened an English-language webinar with Chinese and international thought leaders to reflect on the urban climate achievements of USAID’s Low Emissions Cities Alliance. In this session, we shared our results in supporting the development of emissions peaking roadmaps across China, and we then explored how these roadmaps offer critical building blocks for realizing China’s 2060 carbon neutrality pledge, including a discussion about the most promising pathways for the cities across the globe to achieve their net-zero climate ambition.

Low Emissions Roadmaps for 2030 and Beyond: The Low Emissions Cities Alliance

January 20, 2021


Steven Zeng
China Country Director, Institute for Sustainable Communities

Zhang Fan
Founder of Hunan Innovative Low Carbon Development Center

Yang Shu
Manager of South China Green R&D Centre at the China Quality Certification Centre, Guangzhou

Richard Baron
Executive Director, 2050 Pathways Platform

Xuedu Lu
Lead Climate Change Specialist, East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank

Yang Xiu
Associate Professor of Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Tsinghua University

Weiwei Lin
Program Director, Low Carbon Cities, Energy Foundation China

Pan Tao
Urban Director, Institute for Sustainable Communities

Angela Hogg
Regional Environment Office Director, USAID/Regional Development Mission for Asia

Kelly Levin
Senior Associate; Director Of Tracking And Strengthening Climate Action, World Resources Institute

Frederic Hans
Climate Policy Analyst, NewClimate Institute


Brent Habig, staff

Brent Habig
Vice President, International Programs, Institute for Sustainable Communities