22 November 2019
The 16th World Conference on Low Carbon Cities and Low Carbon City Development Forum (WALCC16) held in Lishui City, China
On July 27-28, the WALCC16 Forum was held to great success in Lishui City, Zhejiang Province. The Forum took “low-carbon cities and high-quality green development” as its core theme. It aimed to integrate global low-carbon development resources and to explore effective means of achieving ecological development. The Forum shared advanced policies and technologies with the attendees and discussed mutually beneficial benefits of green development and industrial economy. Management, finance, and other areas of innovative development experience provided intellectual support for low-carbon industries and the construction of low-carbon cities around the region.
The Forum brought together experts and scholars from domestic and foreign industries such as smart cities, new energy, innovation drivers, and environmental health. Kong Ying, Professor of the Department of Social Science and Management at Tsinghua University and chairman of the World Alliance Low Carbon Cities, He Yanbing, associate professor of the Department of Energy and Environment, and Li Shizhong, Professor of the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology of Tsinghua University attended the meeting. In addition, the conference also invited guests, including Zhou Rixing, Deputy Secretary-General of the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province; Wu Xiaodong, Deputy Secretary of the Lishui Municipal Committee and Mayor; Professor Ni Weidou of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Tsinghua University; Chen Qingquan, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Professor of Hong Kong University; Professor Huang Haifeng of Peking University; and Andrei Zadrigo, Special Adviser of the Municipality of Milan, Italy, attended the opening ceremony and delivered keynote speeches.
In the opening speech, Professor Kong Ying stated that in the face of global climate change, low-carbon development around the United Nations’ sustainable development goals has become a global consensus. Developing a low-carbon economy is the best entry point to promote the coordinated development of related science and technology, industry, and the environment. This put the focus on the cities as the main subject and planning on reduction of carbon emissions while keeping economic development. As an important vessel of economy and livelihood, cities will continue to be the key focus of green and low-carbon development for all parties working together.
On the main forum, Professor Kang Feiyu, Honorary Chairman of the World Alliance Low Carbon Cities participated via video connection and said that low-carbon development in the future should encourage low-carbon technological innovation, and pay attention to the transformation of ecological product values. With this approach, we can ensure industrial recycling of resource recycling and establish quality green ecological system in the target city. Chen Qingquan provided a detailed overview of the various urban models that promote the parallel development of low-carbon and the economy, including the main characteristics of low-carbon cities, innovation-driven development pathways, revolutionary urban transportation modes, and the sustainable development of the new energy vehicle industry. Ni Weidou said that reducing carbon emissions has become a major constraint on the efficient use of energy and especially the development of coal power; in the face of this pressure to reduce emissions, coupled generation of coal and biomass and conversion of power are the most feasible and reliable development direction of electricity decarbonization. Zhao Gaidong combed the development of China’s green finance and the policies and practices of Shenzhen green finance. Li Shizhong pointed out the technical bottlenecks in the future development of biofuels and electric vehicles. He Yanbing introduced the key development path of research on lithium battery energy storage materials.
At the conference, the “Lishui Declaration” was officially released, and relevant leaders and guests from the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities, the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province, and the People’s Government of Lishui City jointly launched the declaration. Low-carbon supporters from all over the world jointly read the Lishui Declaration, promising to adhere to green ecological development, advocate green and healthy living, move towards a low-carbon smart city, and contribute to global sustainable development.
In the meeting, Xu Guangwen, Deputy Mayor of Lishui Municipal People’s Government, declared the Lishui Ambient Air Quality and Health Index (AQHI), showing the possibility of an interactive relationship between various environmental, economic, and well-being development factors. Lishui Environmental Protection Bureau, Tsinghua Star, and Tsinghua Dongguan Innovation Center also organized the first low-carbon economy innovation and entrepreneurship contest. Lishui City Secretary General Liu Haiming and Tsinghua Star General Manager Shen Quanhong delivered opening speeches.
The World Alliance Low Carbon Cities is an international environmental protection organization initiated by the Shenzhen Graduate School of Tsinghua University in 2011. With the mission of “promoting low-carbon urban development and innovating a better life in the future”, it provides intellectual support, technical support, and capital support for urban development. As of 2018, the Alliance has successfully held Forums in Shenzhen, Beijing, Sanya, Helsinki, Finland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Toronto, Canada, and many other places, with a total of more than 4,000 experts, scholars, companies, and government representatives participating.
The next China Forum will be held in May 2020 in a host city yet to be named.