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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Aiming Low: Wielding New Tools to Help Chinese & U.S. Cities Peak Carbon Emissions

Chinese cities, long plagued by smog from cars and coal, are now laboratories experimenting with low-carbon policies. By 2017, China had 81 city and 6 provincial low-carbon pilots that represent 40% of the country’s carbon emissions. Some cities have emerged as climate action leaders, committing to peak carbon before the national government’s 2030 deadline. On July 19th, CEF is bringing together a panel to discuss tools that could help accelerate low-carbon initiatives and other sustainability actions in Chinese cities. 

Hu Min will introduce China’s Low-carbon and Green Index for Cities (LOGIC). This index, created together with LBNL and Energy Foundation China, will track low-carbon and green development in 115 Chinese cities to inform future green development models. Roger Platt will talk about US-Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities rating system that empowers global cities and communities to assess, verify, and improve urban sustainability performance and quality of life, including low-carbon developments. Finally, a speaker from ACEEE will discuss how their city energy efficiency scorecard has spurred building, utility, and transportation policies to decrease energy use in major U.S. cities.

Speakers

Hu Min
Executive Director, Innovative Green Development Program (iGDP); Director, Low Carbon Economic Growth Program, Energy Foundation China
Roger Platt
Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships; U.S. Green Building Council

Moderator

Lyssa Freese
Research Assistant for the China Environment Forum

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