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China and U.S. cities cooperate to promote the development of climate-smart low-carbon cities

Beijing, June 7, 2016 – Today, local climate leaders from China’s Hunan Province and Qingdao City, as well as their American counterparts, agreed to advance low-carbon cities based on the memorandum of understanding signed by the China-US Climate Leaders Summit. Beijing

According to this cooperation, a new Climate Smart Low-Carbon City (CSLCC) project implemented by the China Sustainable Community Research Institute (ISC) was realized, and Hunan and Qingdao became the first two Chinese government partners of CSLCC.

In response to the increase in urban greenhouse gas emissions, and recognizing that local leaders may initiate climate action, the United States and China have established this new bilateral climate smart / low-carbon city initiative under the United States China Climate Change Joint Agreement. The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is based on the work of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Asian developing countries.

CSLCC is implemented by ISC under the supervision of International City / County Management Association (ICMA) and coordinated with China ’s National Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation Center (NCSC). CSLCC focuses on connecting and supporting local city leaders from China and the United States, who are committed to promoting climate-smart low-carbon development and achieving lasting greenhouse gas emissions reductions in both countries.

ISC and NCSC will select four Chinese provinces and cities, although all implementation will focus on city scale. Consider the city’s interest in low-carbon development, development goals, capabilities, the ability to replicate its work, and the assistance needed by the Commission on Sustainable Development. In Hunan Province, the China Association for Science and Technology will work with the Provincial Development and Reform Commission to formulate a low-carbon development plan for urban agglomerations and support the “Five-Year Action Plan for Low-Carbon Development in Hunan Province (2016-2020).” In Qingdao, the CSLCC team will work with Qingdao to formulate a road map of the city’s peak greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2020.

Two years ago, China announced the goal of gradually reducing greenhouse gases through the “Sino-US Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change” and launched a number of low-carbon city pilot programs.

To support these local climate leaders, after selecting four city partners, the CSLCC project team will work with local practitioners to assess each city’s key goals and capacity needs related to its low-carbon plan. The CLSCC project will provide an international exchange platform that connects local leaders with international counterparts with similar low-carbon agendas and experience. In the next 18 months, the CSLCC project will provide technical assistance and peer-to-peer learning support for greenhouse gas inventory development, low-carbon action plan development, low-carbon transportation system development, and sustainable energy management in accordance with the needs of local climate leaders.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is committed to eradicating extreme poverty and promoting resilient democratic societies. The United States Agency for International Development is an independent government agency that provides economic, development, and humanitarian assistance throughout the world. The United States Agency for International Development has established private sector partnerships to promote domestic sustainability and autonomy, focusing on issues such as sanitation, urban water and sanitation, food security, climate change, early grade reading, and the empowerment of women. Problems in various fields.

About the NCSC
Non-Civil Service Contract is an agency directly affiliated to the National Development and Reform Commission and the focus of national strategic research and international cooperation on climate change. The Non-Civil Service Commission provides policy and technical support for the Chinese government ’s decision-making on climate change and climate-related international negotiations and cooperation.

About ICMA
ICMA, the International City / County Management Association, promotes professional local governments worldwide. The organization’s mission is to build better communities by developing and nurturing professional management, thereby creating excellence in local governance. ICMA has identified leading practices to meet the needs of local governments and professionals serving the global community.

About ISC
As an international non-profit organization, the Sustainable Community Institute (ISC) has 25 years of practical experience, working with local leaders to accelerate climate change and sustainability solutions. The International Learning Center’s courses are designed to promote peer learning and interaction between local leaders who are responsible for making the community more sustainable. ISC has led 103 projects in 30 countries and currently operates in China, India, Bangladesh and the United States.