Session 44: Footprinting and low carbon urban infrastructure development

 

Session Abstract

The concept of 'green growth' has been connected to the 'green economy for sustainable development and poverty reduction', which is the first theme of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). Rapid growth requires intensive urban infrastructure development, but due to the constraints of local government capabilities, the funding of urban infrastructure has become a critical issue. Against this background, this session explored and examined a new funding mechanism with the engagement of many stakeholders including public-private partnerships. Several cities already have invested in initiatives for green cities.

This session highlighted a two-year project, used as guidance on how cities in selected countries can play a key role in the green growth agenda by stimulating growth through smart investment in urban infrastructure, i.e., by building a physical infrastructure, by financial and tax incentives, energy supply, and heightening society's awareness of a sustainable lifestyle. This two-year project funded by APN ranges from institutional analysis, life cycle assessment, and risk analysis to integrated assessment with the study cases of Jakarta, Shanghai and Yokohama.

Furthermore, this session addressed the quantification of urban carbon footprints and their contribution to global, regional and national GHGs. Given the slow progress of international climate policy negotiations, cities and their citizens are playing a pivotal role in the mitigation of climate change. However, approaches to carbon footprinting are facing some methodological and empirical problems: Data availability for both footprinting methods; questions of boundaries (legal boundaries in the case of cities, individual/household boundaries in the case of personal carbon footprints); 'grey' energy in cities, including urban infrastructure related emissions; and, problems of communication and dissemination beyond the level of technical experts. Can public communication of carbon footprints help to put forward the idea of environmental justice, and vice versa, can urban mitigation policies help to reduce social inequalities, thus contributing to an improved social 'climate' of cities?


Keywords: green growth, infrastructure, city, investment, climate change, urban carbon footprints, individual carbon footprints, climate change mitigation, lifestyle, consumption, climate policy

 

Organizers

Joni Jupesta, United Nations University, Yokohama, Japan

 

Presenters

Ping Jiang, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Presentation Title: Economic incentive policies to the development of green buildings in China


Takako Wakiyama, IGES, Hayama, Japan

Presentation Title: Investment risk and return analysis for low carbon city development in Yokohama


Tzu-Ping Lin, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Presentation Title: Energy use and carbon footprint mapping of buildings in urban areas


Tsung-Chen Lee, National Taipei University, Taipei, Taiwan

Presentation Title: Bottom-up urban CO2 emissions: A consistency check with top-down national estimates


Retno Gumilang Dewi, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia

Presentation Title: Low carbon city infrastructure development paths of DKI Jakarta towards 2030

 

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