10 Principles for Low Carbon Urbanization

ARTICLE | Dec 11, 2015

ICMA partnered with the China Urban Sustainability Coalition and ICMA's China Center, along with 20 other organizations, to develop the resource 10 Key Principles of Low Carbon Urbanization, which was released to coincide with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) last week. 

The report serves as a guide for sound practices in planning and development and concludes that:

  • Raising land use efficiency is the key to achieving low carbon urban form.
  • Non-motorized transport (walking and biking) must be integrated into public transportion network.
  • Measures such as mixed land use, raising the operational efficiency and service level of public transport, and strengthening parking demand management can reduce motor vehicle use, thereby reducing urban carbon emissions.
  • When developing low-carbon industry and commerce, cities should not only pay attention to the upgrading of technological equipment, but also emphasize the process management of energy and resource utilization efficiency.
  • Cities should focus on public participation, low carbon community development, and multi-stakeholder governance.

Additional climate change resources can be found in the sustainability topic area on the ICMA Knowledge Network.


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