6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Aiming Low: Wielding New Low-Carbon Tools to Help Chinese and U.S. Cities Peak Carbon

Chinese cities, long plagued by smog from cars and coal, are now laboratories experimenting with low-carbon policies to reach new energy solutions. By 2017, China had 81 city and 6 provincial low-carbon pilots that represent 56% of China’s GDP and 40% of the country’s carbon emissions. Several of these cities have emerged as climate action leaders, committing to peak carbon before the national government’s 2030 deadline.Even so, challenges remain for cities to measure their low-carbon progress. On July 19th, CEF is bringing together a panel to discuss tools that could help guide urban low-carbon initiatives and other sustainability actions. 

Hu Min from the Beijing-based energy policy incubator Innovative Green Development Program (iGDP) will introduce the recently launched China’s Low-carbon and Green Index for Cities (LOGIC). This index, created together with LBNL and Energy Foundation China, will track low-carbon and green development in 115 Chinese cities to inform future green development models. Roger Platt will talk about US-Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities rating system that empowers global cities and communities to assess, verify, and improve urban sustainability performance and quality of life, including low-carbon developments. A speaker from ACEEE will discuss how their city energy efficiency scorecard has spurred building, utility, and transportation policies to decrease energy use in major U.S. cities. 




  • Hu Min

    Nonresident Senior Fellow - Brookings-Tsinghua Center
  • Roger Platt

    Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth, U.S. Green Building Council