Major Chinese cities join Paris Agreement low emissions drive

Major Chinese cities join Paris Agreement low emissions drive

Nanjing, Chengdu, and Qingdao have become the first Chinese cities to join a coalition of over 70 C40 cities from across the globe committed to the bold climate action needed to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Energy consumed by buildings account for 25% of China’s national GHG emissions. C40 is supporting four Chinese cities on policies to decarbonise their building sector through the C40 China Buildings Programme. Already 63% of China’s building stock lies in cities, and this is predicted to reach 80% by 2050, whilst between 2001 and 2016 the equivalent of 53 times New York’s floor space was built as processes of rapid urbanisation continue to add 2 billion square metres of floor space annually.

Building capacity

The C40 Member cities in China are, Beijing, Chengdu, Dalian, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan, and Zhenjiang.At a C40 Forum a Climate Action Planning China Programme was launched to support the ambitions of C40 Chinese member cities. This Programme will build capacity in Chinese cities to develop integrated and inclusive climate action plans that address the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to the impacts of climate change, and deliver wider social, environmental and economic benefits. The technical assistance programme was kicked off with a Climate Action Planning Regional Academy for C40 Chinese cities to share a common framework and best practices for climate action planning. C40’s Climate Action Planning China Programme is made possible through the generous support of the UK and Danish Governments.

Nanjing ‘vertical forest’

Focus on green and low-carbon development.

“Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing mankind and cities will play an important role in tackling it,” commented Qingbao Niu, Deputy Mayor of Chengdu. “Cities and citizens around the world are under threat of climate change. We have to take actions now and we need a good plan for good actions. The City of Chengdu has always attached great importance to climate change. By joining the C40 Climate Action Planning China Programme we will continue to focus on green and low-carbon development.”

Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor of Oslo, said: “Oslo was proud to be one of the first cities in the world with a climate action plan delivering the ambition of the Paris Agreement, and we congratulate Chinese cities on this step. I invite Chinese officials to visit Oslo for further co-operation as they develop their plan.”

“Chinese cities are showing the world that modern urban planning means climate action planning,” added Mark Watts, C40 Cities, Executive Director. “China already leads the way on solar energy generation and electric public transport deployment, and I’m confident this will continue in new areas like ultra-efficient buildings. Actions like these bring citizens cleaner air, new economic opportunities and a safer future.”

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April 3, 2019
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