As part of its ongoing efforts to increase the adoption of its software tools for low-carbon eco-city development in Chinese cities, the China Energy Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory delivered a three-day training workshop on September 13-15 in Jinan City, China.
Fourteen experts from 11 Chinese institutions from provinces across China attended the workshop led by the Group's researchers, Dr. Lixuan Hong and Dr. Jing Ke. Workshop participants were able to use the two low carbon tools developed by the China Energy Group, sponsored by the Energy Foundation China and the U.S. Department of Energy: the Benchmarking and Energy Saving Tool for Low Carbon Cities (BEST Cities) and the Eco and Low-carbon Indicator Tool for Evaluating Cities (ELITE Cities). The BEST Cities tool is a policy selection tool that was designed based on undertaking a quantitative energy and carbon inventory and benchmarking as well as undertaking a qualitative evaluation of a city's competence to act across nine sectors. The ELITE tool can be used to assess the progress of a city in a specific indicator and overall performance across multiple years. According to the workshop participants, both tools will be useful in aiding their work on low carbon development for their cities.
The workshop was organized by Shandong Academy of Sciences' Institute of Science and Technology for Development, with whom the group formed a U.S.-China EcoPartnership in July 2014 to collaborate on a number of activities conducive to eco city and low carbon development in China (Please visit here for information on this partnership). The 11 participating institutions are all providing technical assistance to their local governments in various areas of policy development such as the 13th Five Year Plan, Low Carbon Eco City Pilot Programs, CO2 emission peaking and emission reduction pathways, and Strategies for Combating Climate Change. The participating institutions included: Yunnan Environmental Science Academe, Tianjin Low-Carbon Development Research Center, the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Applied Ecology, the Chinese Academy of Science's Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Shandong University of Finance and Economics, the Climate Center of Guangdong Province, the Climate Center of Shaanxi Province, Jinan University Soft Power Research Centre, the Green Economic Society of Jinan University, Shandong University of Technology, and the Shanghai Carbon Asset Consulting Inc. The participants emerged as future trainers to help further disseminate the tools to more cities in China to achieve a larger impact. Through the trainings, the scientific indicators, and methodologies developed by LBNL can be applied in real world situations and policy recommendations will be incorporated into the cities' future low carbon development planning to allow greater penetration of clean and energy-efficient technologies, and to provide a platform to promote business and trade between the U.S. and China.