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Low Carbon Urban Transitioning in Shenzhen: A Multi-Level Environmental Governance Perspective

  1. Urban Planning, Economics & Management School, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen 518055, China
Version 1 : Received: 27 July 2016 / Approved: 27 July 2016 / Online: 27 July 2016 (05:56:56 CEST)

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Wu, Z.; Tang, J.; Wang, D. Low Carbon Urban Transitioning in Shenzhen: A Multi-Level Environmental Governance Perspective. Sustainability 2016, 8, 720. Wu, Z.; Tang, J.; Wang, D. Low Carbon Urban Transitioning in Shenzhen: A Multi-Level Environmental Governance Perspective. Sustainability 2016, 8, 720.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2016, 8, 720
DOI: 10.3390/su8080720

Abstract

As the world’s second largest economy, China ranks amount the world’s top nations when it comes to carbon emission, and therefore its attitude towards climate change is closely followed by all parties concerned. There have been few researches on the role of environmental governance in low-carbon city transformation process, especially the Chinese one. This paper analyses the role of government environmental regulation played in the low-carbon city transformation process by taking Shenzhen as the research object. One of the world's youngest super cities, it also happens to be the lowest carbon emission intensity city in China. Striving to explore green low-carbon development path for the whole country, Shenzhen provides practical experience for countries to cope with global climate change. However, its efforts to reduce the total carbon emissions failed, but it emphasized the carbon emission intensity, which is consistent with the international commitments made by the central government. China’s policy towards handling climate change relies on hierarchical governance arrangement. The strength of the NGOs in the country is weak and incomparable with the government’s, which has mastered most of the resources and is just a reality in China.

Subject Areas

urban sustainability; environmental governance; energy policy

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