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
China Country Director, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Founder of Hunan Innovative Low Carbon Development Center
Manager of South China Green R&D Centre at the China Quality Certification Centre, Guangzhou
Executive Director, 2050 Pathways Platform
Lead Climate Change Specialist, East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank
Associate Professor of Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Tsinghua University
Program Director, Low Carbon Cities, Energy Foundation China
Urban Director, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Regional Environment Office Director, USAID/Regional Development Mission for Asia
Senior Associate; Director Of Tracking And Strengthening Climate Action, World Resources Institute
Climate Policy Analyst, NewClimate Institute
Vice President, International Programs, Institute for Sustainable Communities