Climate change mitigation in Chinese megacities: A measures-based analysis of opportunities in the residential sector

He, Qi, Jiang, Xujia, Gouldson, Andy, Sudmant, Andrew, Guan, Dabo, Colenbrander, Sarah, Xue, Tao, Zheng, Bo and Zhang, Qiang (2016) Climate change mitigation in Chinese megacities: A measures-based analysis of opportunities in the residential sector. Applied Energy, 184. 769–778. ISSN 0306-2619

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China’s commitment to the UNFCCC to peak its emissions by 2030, or sooner, signaled a long anticipated shift in China’s model of development with far reaching consequences. Cities in China, and particularly the residential sector in cities, will be charged with making significant reductions in emissions growth even as rates of urbanization continue to climb. Focusing on Beijing and Shanghai, this paper carries out a measures-based economic analysis of low carbon investment opportunities in the residential sector. Results find significant opportunity: between 2015 and 2030, BAU levels of CO2 emissions could be reduced by 10.2% in Beijing and 6.8% in Shanghai with the adoption of economically attractive low carbon measures. While these headline results underline the case for low carbon investment in the residential sectors of these megacities in China, a closer analysis provides insights for understanding the economics of decarbonisation in cities more generally.

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Additional Information: Published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence
Uncontrolled Keywords: megacities,climate change,energy,carbon,residential buildings,measures-based analysis,sdg 11 - sustainable cities and communities,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/sustainable_cities_and_communities
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Water Security Research Centre
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Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:22
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 01:25
DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.07.112


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