China Clean Revolution Report III

Low Carbon Development in Cities
Reading time: 7 minutes
6 December 2010

The Climate Group published its first China’s Clean Revolution report in 2008. The report highlighted the emergence of Chinese low carbon entrepreneurs and businesses that were beginning to lead the global market as China began an aggressive push to set itself on a cleaner development path.

At the peak of the global financial crisis in 2009, the publication of China’s Clean Revolution II reported on the continued growth of low carbon industry in China, as the government focused on creating a new domestic market for low carbon technologies.

In 2010, as China gears up to announce its 12th Five-Year Plan (FYP) for its economic development between 2011 and 2015, 'China’s Clean Revolution III: Low Carbon Development in Cities' report explores the vital role of China’s local governments and businesses. The report considers the role cities will need to play in ensuring China’s ambitious targets on the low carbon economy are met during a period of rapid urbanization and industry restructuring.

As the 12th Five-Year Plan takes shape, we examine positive examples of how the private sector and major cities are beginning to collaborate, with the national government’s backing, to pursue economic and industrial transformation on an unprecedented scale. We consider the main drivers of change and opportunities going forward, and recommend actions for success toward the forthcoming five-year plan.

The full report is currently published in Mandarin only. This document summarises some of the main findings of the report for non-Chinese audiences.

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