Near-Zero Carbon Zones in China

Policy Roadmap and Casestudy

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Following the 2015 Paris Agreement, China committed to peak emissions around 2030. Cities are identified as one of the most effective levers to achieve such reduction goal, as it accounts for 60% of CO2 emissions in China. To support cities to peak carbon emissions, central government of China established a national program, which sets a specific call for 50 near-zero carbon zones by 2050. Cities and regions are looking for technical supports to design and implement one near-zero carbon zone that can meet the carbon reduction goal, while supporting the economic growth.

RMI has been working with Ningbo, a leading city in China, to develop a near zero emission zone at a 333km2 scale. The plan enables Ningbo to maintain the carbon emission just below 2017 level, while achieving 4 times growth in GDP, by 2030. Based on the experience with Ningbo, along with examination of other leading near/net zero carbon zones elsewhere globally, we summarized seven things to do to ensure a success of the near zero carbon zone, aiming to support continues emission reduction effort in China, as well as other countries globally.