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Climate Smart Low Carbon Cities

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Climate-Smart Low-Carbon Cities (CSLCC) project provided four Chinese cities access to the skills, tools and support needed to implement plans for large-scale GHG reductions. The 18-month project was implemented by the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) under the oversight of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), with support from the China National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC).


  • Supported four leading Chinese cities to advance low carbon initiatives, reduce GHG emissions and offer plans to peak them in advance of China’s national commitment.
  • Strengthened local leaders’ ability to implement practical, proven low carbon development activities, including GHG inventory management systems and early peaking roadmaps.
  • Advanced practical, China-specific tools that enable public and private sector actors to take action to reduce GHG emissions, such as WRI’s Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool for Chinese cities and LBNL’s Green Resources and Energy Analysis Tool (GREAT).
  • Accelerated U.S.-China collaboration on low-carbon urban development through work with strategic partner NCSC and city exchange
Metric tons of CO2 reduced by 2030


Sub-national Low Carbon Initiatives Created4
Formal Climate Policies Adopted2
Projected reduction of CO2 by 203027.7 million metric tons of CO2
Direct Funds Leveraged$800,000
Projected Investment in Carbon Reduction$40 Billion

Program Materials