Low Carbon Development for Cities: Methods and Measures

Publication Type

Book Chapter

Editor

Abstract

Cities consume more than 60% of global energy and that share is rising with the rapid rate of urbanization. With cities playing a crucial role in sustainable energy and climate systems, this article examines emerging efforts by cities around the world to shift to a development pattern with less energy and less carbon. We review metrics that define a low carbon city and present key steps in low carbon development. We examine city-level inventory methods and target setting. Much of the article is devoted to examples of policy measures that cities are pursuing to save energy and carbon, from net-zero buildings and 20-min neighborhoods to distributed and renewable urban energy supply.

Book Title

Handbook of Clean Energy Systems

Volume

6

Year of Publication

2015

ISBN Number

9781118388587

Series Volume

Sustainability of Energy Systems

Pagination

1-23

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

City

Chichester, UK