The Alliance’s founding members have, through extensive discussions with renowned experts in the field of low-carbon research, identified four core, thematic issues in low-carbon city development which will constitute the thematic focus areas of its research activities. These four areas are:
- Urban planning
- Urban transport
- Green building
- Renewable resources (particularly energy)
Those conducting the research in the focus areas will determine the final research agendas for their respective areas. Information exchange and knowledge dissemination will be organized individually in each focus area in response to the contributing organizations’ requirements.
The focus areas are the core knowledge exchange platforms for members engaged in operational issues relating to low-carbon development. The Alliance offers its support by coordinating joint research grant applications, or actively communicating issues which are considered important by the focus area representatives.
Focus areas will also support concrete business activities and piloting initiatives among companies and research organizations associated with the focus area. The Alliance can offer support through, for example, actively engaging in pre-project activities to form shared agendas between actors that have expressed a preliminary interest in a potential collaboration.