The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) – National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) Low-Carbon Champions Alliance EcoPartnership successfully completed the Climate-Smart, Low-Carbon Cities (CSLCC) project.
Since December 2015, the project engaged four participating Chinese jurisdictions: Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan (CZT) City Cluster, Hunan; Chenggong District, Kunming, Yunnan; Qingdao, Shandong; and Zhongshan, Guangdong to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; increase adoption and implementation of low-carbon policies, strategies, and activities; and strengthen the technical capacity of local institutions to access, plan, and advance low-carbon urban development.
The project anticipates avoidance of almost 28 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) by 2030 as participating cities implement the low-carbon initiatives they developed during this 21-month project. Low-carbon initiatives range from household solar heating systems and industrial clean production to renewable electricity generation and distributed natural gas power.
The project also led to the proposal and adoption of two city-level policies. One is Qingdao’s GHG Inventory Management System, which was officially adopted by the Qingdao Development and Reform Commission (DRC), setting the stage for carbon-intensity targets pegged to government performance evaluations. The other is the “Climate Action Plan of Hunan/CZT Cluster” to lead Changsha City, one of China's 23 Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities, to achieve its national commitment for early peaking by 2020.
The CSLCC project also mobilized a total of US $790,000 from the public and private sectors in China. Government partners in the four jurisdictions contributed to 54% of the total funding mobilized. This included cost-share for technical assistance and training as well as sponsoring research-based activities which helped to develop toolkits, improve methodologies, and establish GHG inventories, thereby laying the foundation for drafting data-based action plans and policies. The remaining 46% of funding was mobilized via a collaboration between a private firm and a community non-government organization (NGO) to facilitate clean production by using renewable energy such as solar photovoltaic (PV). This contributed to long-term GHG emissions reduction of approximately 400 million tons of CO2e per year in the immediate Xiaolan community.
The project also facilitated the engagement of eleven institutions that participated actively in the project and reported capacity improvement to address clean energy issues. The interest extended throughout multiple levels of government, from the management office of an individual residential community up to the provincial level responsible for all macroeconomic policy-setting for the province.
Finally, the project successfully trained 468 government officials, technicians, community leaders, NGO staff, and managers from the Chinese private sector on low-carbon development topics ranging from climate data management and innovative clean energy technology to green finance. The female participation ratio in CSLCC training and technical assistance events was about 40%, demonstrating the success of CSLCC’s concerted efforts to incorporate gender considerations into the project.