The China Sustainable Cities Initiative (CSCI) is a project of the Energy Foundation. The overarching goal of the China Sustainable Cities Initiative is to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution in new and existing Chinese cities by working in three components: urban development and design, urban transportation systems, and energy efficient - green buildings. CSCI conducts pilot projects to spark the design and adoption of effective national policy while building technical capacity. This is the last and final year (year V) of the current grant to CSCI. Some of the main expected results this year from CSCI by component are: Urban planning: - The cities of Jiangsu and Chongqing adopt urban planning regulations incorporate with the eight principals at provincial level. - The Ministry of Housing and Rural and Urban Development adopt technical guideline for non motorized transport development across the country. - 6 additional pilot cities start to implement sustainable urban design, following the 8 principles developed through Kunming pilot project in 2011. Urban Transportation: - The Ministry of Transport publishes 12th Five Year Plan for public transit development with target of mode share and Bus Rapid Transit development. - The cities of Jinan and Chongqing demonstrate policy feasibility and techniques for public transit system optimization as the national "Transit Metropolis" demonstration program. - One or two mega--cities gain policy momentum to implement congestion pricing. Green Buildings: - The Ministry of Housing and Rural and Urban Development and local building authorities continue to gain GB experience via voluntary GB label program State Council approves the national green building action plan Mandatory green building in six districts. - The State Council approves the national green building action plan. - Six additional districts adopt mandatory green building. The Initiative’s main anticipated impact from the three components is to avoid emissions by 1000 million tones of carbon dioxide, 10 thousand tones of particulate matter, and 1.8 million tones of sulfur dioxide in 2030.
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for the China Sustainable Cities Initiative
A project of the Energy Foundation, the China Sustainable Cities Initiative has as its goal to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution in new and existing Chinese cities by improving urban planning and urban transportation. It conducts pilot projects to spark the design and adoption of effective national policy while building technical capacity to implement its policies locally. Renewed funding for the sixth year of this Initiative should produce these results: In urban planning: The pilot project areas of Chenggong in Kunming and Yuelai in Chongqing begin construction of development projects that follow low-carbon eco-city planning principles. Also, the Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Development adopts a national guideline for nonmotorized transportation systems planning and design.In urban transportation: The Ministry of Transportation adopts its 12th Five-Year Plan for public transit and identifies national pilot cities under its Transit Metropolis program. All pilot cities will be required to finish development of local regulations and action plans to promote public transit.
for implementation of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the climate change law in California
The Energy Foundation is a leading organization in climate and energy grantmaking in the United States and China, and a long-term grantee. The goal of this grant is to support the Energy Foundation’s U.S. transportation program to strengthen its resources for defending the implementation of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard in California. The standard, which requires reducing 10 percent the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020, was originally approved in 2007 and is currently facing legal and political challenges.
for general operating support
The Energy Foundation is an important re-grantor helping to accomplish Hewlett Foundation goals to reduce global warming emissions from the transportation and electricity sectors in the United States and China. This grant would support the Energy Foundation’s work in the U.S. to advance policies that spur innovation and open markets for clean energy technology. The grant will enable the Energy Foundation to develop strategies, make grants, and monitor and evaluate progress in priority geographies and policy arenas. The Energy Foundation supports a broad array of stakeholders to ensure that clean energy progress is substantial and sustainable, including technical and policy experts, as well as influential leaders and constituencies working to build support for a new energy economy.