On December 5, 2014, the Europe-China Clean Energy Centre (EC2), in cooperation with the Sustainable Energy Center of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, organised a workshop on low-carbon model towns to present the latest achievements of joint projects in China. European and Chinese experts from the cities of Fuyang (Zhejiang Province), Zunyi (Guizhou Province) and Zhenjiang (Jiangsu Province), and from the Yunhu Core Area of the Xuwei New District, are developing low-carbon cities that not only focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also contribute to economic growth and offer healthy and sustainable lifestyles for citizens through a holistic approach.
An assessment of these Chinese demo projects has resulted in recommendations on spatial planning, low-carbon energy planning, low-carbon planning for urban buildings, and green transportation. The ultimate goal of all these efforts is to support the global sustainability goals of the United Nations at local level, while contributing to economic growth and cooperation between Chinese and European experts and institutions.
Alongside these efforts, the REC, in cooperation with Tianjin University, will develop a new e-learning tool for Chinese local government officials and urban city planners that will not only provide capacity building for energy and urban sustainability, but will also allow European experts to learn from their Chinese counterparts.