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International Forum on Low Carbon Development for Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program Cities

04 December 2018 to 06 December 2018
Beijing
People’s Republic of China

Rapid urbanization has been accompanied by increasing demand for energy and natural resources, and consequently disproportionate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cities. Witnessing unprecedented variability in weather conditions, anticipating climate change induced threat, and recognizing the urgency to act, a historic agreement was made at the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties in Paris in December 2015. As part of the commitment to the Paris Agreement, 177 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (including many CAREC countries) submitted their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) that committed to reducing carbon emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change, while advancing their respective development programs aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. 

An International Forum to promote Low Carbon City (LCC) development was held in Beijing, PRC on 4-6 December 2018. The Forum facilitated the exchange of knowledge and experiences based on the ongoing pilot city experiences and international best practices. The Forum tackled cross-sectoral approaches, integrated planning, and emerging issues such as transforming old industrial towns into modern, livable, low carbon cities, as well as, a range of innovative tools for climate-smart development. The Forum engaged multiple stakeholders including civil society, policy-makers, and the private sector to promote substantive cooperation in LCC development. Approximately 150 participants from various CAREC and PRC cities were invited to participate in the Forum and site visits to low carbon pilot projects in the Beijing metropolitan area.

The Forum was co-organized by the following ADB partners: 

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
04 Dec 2018 Opening Plenary Welcome Remarks
ADB is committed to supporting low carbon city development efforts consistent with the global climate goals. Cities play crucial role in...
M. Teresa Kho
04 Dec 2018 Opening Plenary Keynote Speech Alex Perera
04 Dec 2018 Opening Plenary Keynote Speech
Discover why cities are important in solving climate change challenge and in the global climate policy arena.
Manfred Fischedick
04 Dec 2018 Book Launching Ceremony Book Launch: 50 Climate Solutions from Cities in the People's Republic of China
This new publication, 50 Climate Solutions from Cities in the People's Republic of China, shares some best practices from cities taking...
M. Teresa Kho
04 Dec 2018 Call for the 2nd Climate Solutions from CAREC Program Cities Call for Solutions
Call for sustainable urban solutions within the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program (CAREC) region.
Jack Robinson
04 Dec 2018 Session 1: From Dirt to Smart, Transforming Cities through Low Carbon Development Low Carbon Urban Transformation in the Ruhr Region
Ruhr area as the energy and industry heart of Germany plays a major role for achieving GHG mitigation targets. Learn why the Ruhr area matter...
Manfred Fischedick
04 Dec 2018 Session 1: From Dirt to Smart, Transforming Cities through Low Carbon Development Will People First City Design Make Chinese Cities Thrive Again?
Ever wondered how urban cities thrive? This presentation shares the characteristics commonly found in 50 successful urban areas in the United...
Daizong Liu
04 Dec 2018 Session 1: From Dirt to Smart, Transforming Cities through Low Carbon Development Yokohama's Unique Urban Development and City to City Collaboration
This presentation tackles a case of transformation from an industrial port city to a smart and green innovative city: Yokohama and its ...
Toru Hashimoto
04 Dec 2018 Session 1: From Dirt to Smart, Transforming Cities through Low Carbon Development Actively Participate in Global Climate Mitigation - Pragmatically Promote Urban Climate Adaptation Yuanguo Li
04 Dec 2018 Session 2: Fast Development/New Districts Practice and Exploration of Sino-German Eco-city Cooperation in China Jiangning Sun
04 Dec 2018 Session 2: Fast Development/New Districts Report on the Implementation of the World Bank's Low Carbon City Project in Shanghai
Learn more about Shanghai Changning district's urban renewal and low carbon development.
Mao Qin
04 Dec 2018 Session 2: Fast Development/New Districts Avoiding the Generation of Disaster Risks in Cities
Climate change magnifies disaster risk and will increase expected future losses. Learn how to mitigate potential disaster risks in cities...
Steven Goldfinch
04 Dec 2018 Session 2: Fast Development/New Districts Livable Districts and Low Carbon Lifestyles - Examples from the Nordics
Copenhagen-based consultancy focused on sustainability, Nordic Sustainability shares some lessons other countries can learn from the Nordics...
Sven Beyersdorff, Brita Staal
04 Dec 2018 Session 3: Panel Discussion on Low Carbon Urbanization Redefining Public Transport
What kind of city do we want? A sprawling city with a lot of highways or a compact city with places accessible by walking or public transport...
Om Prakash Agarwal
04 Dec 2018 Session 3: Panel Discussion on Low Carbon Urbanization An Experiment for Urban Energy Autonomy in Seoul: The One 'Less Nuclear Power Plant Policy'
Seoul alone consumed 10.3% of the total national energy output while producing 2.95%. To reverse this trend, Seoul implemented the experiment...
Taedong Lee, Tony Jun
04 Dec 2018 Session 3: Panel Discussion on Low Carbon Urbanization Low Carbon Transport Measures for Fast Emerging Cities: Lessons Learned from Seoul and Manila
This presentation shares the ow-carbon transport experiences in the Philippines and the Republic of Korea.
Gyeng Cheul Kim
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
05 Dec 2018 Plenary 2: Roundtable on Low Carbon Cities - Mayors and MDB's Perspectives Challenges and Opportunities During Shenyang Low-Carbon Development
Shenyang is opening up to the whole world towards solution of GHG problem, green development, and creating a better tomorrow.
Bi Lei
05 Dec 2018 Session 4: From Data to Action: Innovative Tools for Climate Smart Development Evidence-Based City Climate Action Planning for Global 1.5 Degrees C Goal
Learn more about WRI Global Protocol for Community-scale GHG Emission Inventories (GPC), an evidence-based climate action planning.
Wee Kean Fong
05 Dec 2018 Session 4: From Data to Action: Innovative Tools for Climate Smart Development ClearPath for Online GHG Platform
Learn more about ClearPath, the leading online software platform for completing greenhouse gas inventories, forecasts, climate action...
Michael Steinhoff
05 Dec 2018 Session 4: From Data to Action: Innovative Tools for Climate Smart Development Adaptation Support Tool
Know more about the collaborative design process in promoting resilient cities.
Reinder Brolsma
05 Dec 2018 Session 4: From Data to Action: Innovative Tools for Climate Smart Development Circle: The Clockwork That Makes Modern Society Tick
Learn more about CIrcle, a tool for critical infrastructure failure in case of disaster that helps with prevention, responses and early integrated...
Tjitte Nauta
05 Dec 2018 Session 4: From Data to Action: Innovative Tools for Climate Smart Development Enabling Data for Cities
Low carbon pilot city mapping tool provides basis for integrated planning and tracking of low carbon city implementation.
Bruce Taper
05 Dec 2018 Session 4: From Data to Action: Innovative Tools for Climate Smart Development Using Smart Card and GPS for Transit Policy-Making in Ulaanbaatar
This presentation discusses how smart card and GPS can be used for transit policy-making in developing cities. It also shares a case study...
Lulu Xue
05 Dec 2018 Session 5: Engaging private investors in low carbon approaches Business Perspectives on Green Procurement
ICLEI, the leading global network of 1,500+ cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future, shares its work on public...
Philipp Tepper
05 Dec 2018 Session 5: Engaging private investors in low carbon approaches Challenges in Implementing Green Procurement in the People's Republic of China
ICLEI's work on public procurement and challenges of green public procurement in the People's Republic of China.
Haiping Yu
05 Dec 2018 Session 5: Engaging private investors in low carbon approaches Green Affordable Housing and Resilient Urban Renewable Project
The cooperation between ADB and Affordable Housing Fund leads to an infrastructure provision in Ulaanbaatar ger area.
Enkhtumen Tumentsogt
05 Dec 2018 Session 5: Engaging private investors in low carbon approaches Rainwater Harvesting
This presentation shares a business case of sponge cities featuring rainwater harvesting and integrated and smart management of rainwater sources...
Tzeng Y. T.
05 Dec 2018 Session 5: Engaging private investors in low carbon approaches 'Green Brain' Enhances Low Carbon City Development Weiwei Kuo
05 Dec 2018 Concluding Session CZT City Emission Peaking Roadmap and Action Plan: The Case of Xiangtan
This presentation shares details on CZT pilot city activities.
Steven Zeng, Xu Yong
05 Dec 2018 Concluding Session Low Carbon City Development in Ulaanbaatar: Reducing GHG Emissions and Improving Air Quality
This presentation shares details on Ulaanbaatar pilot city activities.
Zolzaya Enkhtur, Dorjgotov Otgonbaatar

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