City-level GHG Accounting and Planning
One of the biggest challenges facing China’s cities in lowering GHG emissions is the ability to measure their emissions and collect GHG data from the different sectors.
One of ISC’s demonstration projects was in Xiaolan. Local government and citizen champions surfaced early on in the project, and a new low carbon NGO formed with support from the Xiaolan Township Government, the Xiaolan Low Carbon Development Service Center. With strategic capacity building support, stakeholder management, and mentoring, ISC, the Xiaolan Low Carbon Development Service Center (NGO), the town and WRI, GAETI, built a close partnership and developed the first international city-level methodology to source bottom-up data to inventory emissions sources so that carbon reduction action plans can are more strategic(ally targeted). The NGO was also able to create an industrial energy efficiency retrofit service, and partner with schools to promote low carbon lifestyles using ISC’s Family Carbon Credit Calculator.
This approach of cultivating a homegrown NGO to champion low carbon urban development is expected to become a national model of collaboration and building effective partnerships. NGOs will be able to partner successfully with stakeholders, and work directly with fellow citizens, to facilitate environmental problem solving.