Exploring low carbon growth for China's leading cities

21 November 2011

BEIJING: The Climate Group Greater China held a five-day Forum in Kashgar, China, as part of the Low Carbon City Tour, to share the innovative low carbon initiatives and opportunities for growth at city level to government decision-makers, leading policy advisors and nationwide media.

With an unprecedented urban growth rate, cities have become central to China’s energy and resource scarcity and climate challenge, especially since aiming to achieve the national energy intensity and emissions reduction targets set out in China’s 12th Five-Year Plan. The challenges and enormous opportunities this critical low carbon growth for Chinese cities and businesses was the focus for the Kashgar Forum.

Key workshop speakers included Yu Ma, Director of Foreign, Investment of Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, MOFCOMHuirong Zhao, Research fellow, Russia/Eastern Europe/Central Asia Institute, Chinese Academy of Social SciencesDexiang LI, PhD tutor and Dean, School of Architecture, Tsinghua UniversityJim Walker, Co-founder, Director of Programmes and Strategy, The Climate GroupHongchun Zhou, Director of Department of Social Development, State Council Development Research CenterHanxi Fan, CEO, Kashgar Development & Investment Holdings Co. Ltd and Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group.

Among the many workshop themes, business and government leaders discussed regional economic development, low carbon transformation in China, international practises, low carbon city building and China's relationship with Central Asian countries. 

Kashgar was nominated by the State Council as a Special Economic Zone at the end of September, when The Climate Group was brought on board to be a strategic advisor for the city’s sustainable development strategy, so much attention was given to Kashgar Government's recent low carbon initiatives.

On top of the workshops, municipal Government arranged exclusive site visits for the delegation, including a solar PV power station that is under construction and a residential renovation program, as examples of low carbon development.

During the Forum, Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group, also hosted the first public media face-to-face Roundtable for the Party Secretary, which was attended by scores of mainstream Chinese media. 

Changhua Wu said: “The Government delegation witnessed the all-embracing open-mindedness of Kashgar’s sustainability theme, which has made them think about their own Clean Revolution opportunities. This trip integrated capacity building, communication and deep dive together, and we hope to generate more collaborative events like this in the future. We will now spend time with partners to review the deliverables for Kashgar under our China Redesign program and discuss the wider plan for 2012.”

Next week, our Beijing office will officially launch the China’s Clean Revolution flagship report (IV): Financing China’s Low Carbon Growth, of which the Executive Summary has already been released. A media roundtable for a deeper media discussion will follow.

News: Progress report on China's 12th Five Year Plan in low carbon cities

Reports: Financing China's Clean Revolution report preview and China City Low Carbon Tour

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