The Climate Group supports green tech drive for China's cities

22 January 2009

The Climate Group has published a new report outlining China's growing efforts to curb urban carbon emissions to support the launch of a new low carbon development initiative with 20 of China's cities, including Guiyang and Dezhou.

The report - China's Low Carbon Leadership in Cities - identifies four key leadership tools for any urban low carbon development strategy including: policy incentives, technology innovation, financing mechanisms and international co-operation.

The report highlights eight case studies of Chinese cities which are deploying low carbon technologies such as LED lighting, solar power, electronic vehicles and other technologies to reduce green house gas emissions.

Changhua Wu, The Climate Group's China Director, says: "Over the past 30 years China's growth has created an economic miracle, especially in cities. But this rapid urbanization has brought problems, such as pollution and energy shortages, which make our cities particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. A fundamental transformation must take place to ensure China's urban development model has a low carbon future."

The Climate Group's new city program aims to recruit, motivate, and engage 20 Chinese cities in a five-year campaign to transform and accelerate the local market for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. So far, The Climate Group has signed Memorandum of Understandings with Guiyang City in southwest China and Dezhou City in east China.

Despite the global economic downturn, China's early progress towards becoming a global hub for low carbon investment, technology and growth looks set to continue. The Climate Group's China's Clean Revolution report launched last year shows that China's combination of cost advantages, a clear policy framework, a dynamic and entrepreneurial business environment and abundant abatement opportunities, is proving that developing nations have as much, if not more, to gain from investment in low carbon solutions creating green-collar jobs, social benefits and economic growth.

"It is time to scale up low carbon technologies and drive a fundamental transition in China's urban development model," said Changhua Wu.

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