Energy Foundation

For The China Sustainable Cities Initiative

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    12 Months
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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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Grants to this Grantee
for industry decarbonization roadmap and communications  
This grant will help Energy Foundation strengthen its industry-related work in China, including improving its strategic communication components, as it continues to support decarbonization in China’s petrochemical and nonferrous metal sectors. (Substrategy: China National Policy)
for general operating support  
This grant supports the Energy Foundation’s work to achieve greenhouse gas emissions neutrality, world-class air quality standards, energy access, and green growth in China. (Substrategy: Philanthropic Capacity)
for zero-emission road freight program  
Energy Foundation’s Transportation Program will use this grant to advance zero-emission trucks. EF will support grantees in China to evaluate the performance of zero-emission trucks in inter-city operations in order to inform regulations that aim to electrify China’s trucks. This work is aligned with the Hewlett Foundation’s zero-emission road freight strategy. (Substrategy: Electrification)

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