Two Chinese Cities Join WWF's Low Carbon City Initiative

Two Chinese Cities Join WWF's Low Carbon City Initiative

Shanghai and Baoding have signed up to be the first Chinese cities to explore urban, low carbon development through the WWF's Low Carbon City Initiative.

The first areas the Initiative will go after are energy efficiency in buildings, renewable energy and manufacturing efficiency products. The Initiative's larger scope is to improve overall efficiency in industry, construction and transportation.

WWF, Shanghai Construction and Communication Commission, and Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences will select a variety of public buildings in Shanghai, measure their energy use and provide training for how to bring the amount used down.

A Solar Energy Demonstration City will be built in Baoding by WWF and local organizations. In other cities, WWF will promote energy saving and low carbon policies through campaigns and demonstrations.

The Initiative is aimed at improving China's cities, which are the areas in the county undergoing as well as suffering from the most rapid growth.

"Cities are an important segment of China's economic development but many face the challenges of low energy efficiency and degraded environmental quality," Dr. Li Lin, WWF China's head of conservation strategies, said in a statement.