LBNL-SDAS Low Carbon Eco-city Development in Shandong Province

Shandong Governor of China and delegation meeting with China Energy Group on an official ceremony celebrating the collaboration between the Shandong Academy of Science (SDAS) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) – Plaque Presentation

Shandong Province is the largest energy consumer and carbon emitter in China. Air pollutants emitted from the province have great impact on neighboring regions, particularly on the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. The Institute of Science and Technology for Development of Shandong, part of the Shandong Academy of Sciences (SDAS), and the China Energy Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) are deploying a comprehensive solutions package of pre-existing low carbon eco-city development tools created by the China Energy Group at LBNL.  

Recently, LBNL and SDAS completed an analysis of Shandong’s energy demand and energy cap utilizing the Green Resources & Energy Analysis Tool (GREAT) developed by LBNL's China Energy Group. This analysis will serve as the scientific basis for energy policies adopted under the 13th Five Year Plan by Shandong's Development and Reform Commission.  The EcoPartnership also recently trained over 100 government officials from Jinan, Shandong on LBNL’s BEST Tool, which provides city officials with strategies they can follow to reduce carbon and methane emissions. SDAS has also built capacity beyond Shandong’s borders by training Anhui Province’s Development and Reform Commission and Architecture University on LBNL’s low-carbon city policy planning tools to help Anhui’s cities create action plans for low carbon development.  For more information on the low-carbon city tools, please visit the LBNL China Energy Group website.

For more information on this EcoPartnership, please visit the links below.

Key Achievements:

In 2015, Sun Wei, Executive Vice Governor of Shandong Province visited LBL and unveiled the Sino-American green partner - the Representative Office of SDAS in Berkeley, indicating the government support for this project.
Borrowing ideas from the success of carbon emission rights of California, both parties jointly participated in the research of the project of Shandong Economic and Information Technology Committee titled “A Research on Shandong Provincial Energy-saving Credits Trading System”, and proposed the preliminary plan for energy-saving credits trading of Shandong Province.
Establish the total coal consumption control model based on the “Research on the Status Quo, Problems and Countermeasures of Coal Control of Shandong Province” and jointly conduct research and discussion on model structure and commissioning.
LBNL assisted in establishing the model of coordinated research, researching coordination methods and making policies for social-economic development and energy & carbon emission of Shandong Province - a think-tank project of SDAS (The Project of Shandong Provincial Social Science and Planning Office), which would offer support to Shandong Province in its coordinated research on energy, environment and carbon emission as well as addressing climate change.
Conduct comprehensive research and comparison jointly in the aspects of coal consumption, wet desulphurization and origin of haze to provide references for further research.


Work Plan: 
Task 1
Develop work plan with Jinan to introduce low carbon eco-city and use of the tools package.
Task 2
Start the training and expand to other cities and provinces; Adote low carbon city indicators and other tools in the local city; Incorporate policy packages into draft city government plans; Develop pilot project with US commercial technologies.
Task 3
Deliver workshops for local provincial government staffs in support of low carbon eco-city plans for Jinan in Shandong; Establishment of working group in Shenzhen.