• The World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities is pleased to welcome its latest corporate member, the Bosum Institute of Management Science. Established in 2006, the Bosum Institute of Management Science is one of China's leading management science education institutions, with over ten branches located in a number of major Chinese cities, the institute has become one of the most influential communities in China's business world.

    Read more about the company on its member page.


  • China’s ambassador to Sweden Chen Yuming and the chairman of the Sweden-China Trade Council (SCTC) signed an agreement to establish the Sino- Swedish Green-Cooperation Platform on November 4th. The Platform will support knowledge sharing and innovation between small- and medium-sized companies in Sweden and China with a particular focus on green and low-carbon industries.

    The platform brings together Sweden’s strong reputation as a fore-runner in the field of green technology with China’s rapidly expanding economy to support China in adhering to its strict carbon-reduction targets without limiting business activity to the detriment of its economy.

    Global Post article 

  • US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jingping announced the formation of an important new emissions reduction deal which has the US pledging to reduce carbon emissions by 26-28% by 2025 while China will aim to cap carbon emissions by 2030 and increase the use of fuel from zero-emission sources to 20% by the same year.

    The agreement was seen as a significant step towards encouraging the formation of a new global climate pact that has, thus far, seemed elusive. China and the US are in line, if somewhat less aggressive, in their aims with those of the European Union which has endorsed a binding 40% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2030.

    Read more about the deal at the Guardian 

  • Wuzhou, located in the Guangxi Zhuang Automonous Region, China, has a population of over 3 million. The city is ideally located near the Zhu River Delta Economic Zone, the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone, and the Xi River Economic Zone. The city’s location allows it to serve as a key conduit between southwest China and Southeast Asia. The history of Wuzhou dates back to two thousand years ago. Over the last couple centuries, Wuzhou has developed into a well-established business hub.

    Today the City of Wuzhou is also engaged in low-carbon development. It has been selected as a National New Energy Demonstration City by the Chinese national government. The World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities welcomes the City of Wuzhou as its latest city member in the development of a sustainable future for Wuzhou.

    For more information on the city, please visit the city’s website.

  • The WALCC's November newsletter includes updates on our members' activities, industry, technology, market, and policy updates as well as a report on last month's green building seminar and details on the upcoming water symposium on December 13th.

    Download the newsletter


  • The World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities is pleased to announce the induction of its newest City member, Jinjiang, a city in Fujian Province, China. As the city aims to balance sustainability with a transformation of its economic structure it is poised to set the standard for cities seeking to acknowledge environmental concerns while also driving its economic development.

    The city’s well-rounded balance of industries and services and the City’s innovative development of a low-carbon economy make the city a strong addition to the Alliance’s global network of cities.

    Read more about Jinjiang at the city’s member page.

  • Background:

    The 7th Low Carbon City Development World Forum was successfully held in Tampere, Finland. Under the theme ”Systemic Transitions Towards Low-Carbon”, the forum addressed, through vibrant discussions, topics such as Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Development (SASUI), smart mobility, revamping urban districts, industrial symbiosis, built environment,  Internet of Things, and green hospitals.

    To create more opportunities for communication and cooperation among the member organizations, the Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University together with the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cites (WALCC) decided to host an event titled “Shenzhen Low-carbon Building Seminar” to continue the dialogue under this specific topic. We have the honor to invite Dr. MAO Daqing, the Senior Vice President of Vanke Group, General Manager of Vanke Beijing, to give a keynote speech on green building topic. Meanwhile, we are glad to announce that Dr. MAO Daqing will become the adjunct research fellow at the Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, and be elected  as a  Board Member of the WALCC. Schneider Electric, KONE, Shenzhen Airport, and the Shenzhen Institute of Building Research will have senior representatives to share their opinions on green building with the seminar participants.


    Event highlights:

    • Great international insights from Vanke, Schneider Electric, KONE, and local indications from Shenzhen airport and the Shenzhen Institute of Building Research
    • Case presentation to illustrate efficient, practical and easy to implement solutions
    • Face-to-face in-depth discussions with opinion leaders
    • Participants concerns will be underlined and discussed



              Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University

              World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities


    Date and Venue:

    8th, November, 2014

    Lecture Hall, CII Building,, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    Seminar Schedule:

    Below is the preliminary schedule.





    13:30 – 13:45

    Opening address

    Prof. KANG Feiyu, Dean, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Chairman, World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities


    Appointment ceremony


    Green building keynote speech from Dr. MAO Daqing


    Presentation by Mr. SUN Jing, Director of Building Energy Efficiency Competence Center at Schneider Electric


    Coffee break


    Presentation from Dr. Simo Makimattila, Manager, KONE Corporation


    Presentation from Mr. YANG Haibin, Vice General Manager of Shenzhen Airport (Group)


    Presentation from Prof. YE Qing, Managing Director of Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co., Ltd


    Q&A Session, hosted by Prof. KANG

    17:50 – 18:00

    Closing remarks, Prof. KANG


    Target groups:

    Researchers, students, and alumni of Tsinghua University

    WALCC members

    Green building industrial practitioners

    Organizations and individuals who are interested in green building topics



    Fill out the registration form. Registration will be confirmed by email.

  • The Systemic Transitions Towards Low-Carbon Forum in Tampere October 7-9, 2014, was the most successful WALCC event ever organized in Europe. Three important factors contributed to the success of this forum: support from the city of Tampere, support from key WALCC corporate members, and a large Chinese delegation organized by Bosum Associatoin.

    The forum was organized by WALCC together with the strong support of the City of Tampere. This support was in further evidence as the City Mayor of Tampere Dr. Anna-Kaisa Itkonen declared in her opening speech that Tampere would be interested in hosting the 2015 WALCC Forum as well.

    The forum featured a series of key-note speeches from leading international low-carbon companies, researchers and city organizations, including those by Ms. Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, City Mayor of Tampere, Mr. Yu, Qingtai, Ambassador, Embassy of the PRC in Finland, Mr. Jukka Alasentie, Vice Mayor of the Region of Pirkanmaa, alongside those by representatives from leading companies such as WALCC members Schneider Electric, Amperex Technologies Limited and Kone, as well as others such as Wärtsilä, Bosum Association, and research organizations such as Aalto University, the University of Tampere, Tsinghua University’s Shenzhen Graduate School, South Korea’s Chonnam National University.

    Alongside the forum’s key-note speeches it also featured five mini-workshops: Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Development (SASUI), Smart mobility, Revamping urban districts, Built environment and Internet of Things, and Green hospitals. These mini-workshops gave forum participants an opportunity to contribute to the discussion following brief presentations from selected experts in the respective areas.

    The forum drew over 100 participants including some 40 participants from China as well as several Chinese speakers.

    For more information on the forum see the full forum agenda and please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

    7th Low Carbon City Development World Forum 1 


  • The Tsinghua University Graduate School at Shenzhen and the University of California at Berkeley have announced the founding of a new research institute in Shenzhen. The institute will be focused on developing solutions to social needs and global challenges in three areas: nanotechnology and nanomedicine, low-carbon and new energy technologies, and data science and the next-generation Internet. The institute is set to open to doctoral students in early 2015 and master’s students in 2016.

    The institute will be staffed by faculty from the two universities as well as recruiting leading researchers in innovative, cutting-edge research projects which give students an opportunity to take part. The institute will support the further integration of the two universities’ activities and provide students with increased opportunities to participate in new research.

    Read more: ECNS article 


  • The World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC) and the Shenzhen Low-Carbon Industry Investment Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the low-carbon district development conference.A new district-focused, innovation and development platform was launched to support low-carbon innovation and technology development on 13th, August, 2015 in Shenzhen. WALCC Chairman Professor Kang Feiyu represented the Alliance at the event, delivering a key note address on the role of low-carbon technologies in city development. Professor Kang’s speech addressed the conference’s central theme, that of spurring innovative, low-carbon and sustainability focused research and development work in urban centers.

    The conference served as the inauguration of a new development and innovation platform founded by the Shenzhen Low-Carbon Industry Investment Chamber of Commerce, represented by its Managing Director Ms. Zhang Ping. The platform was founded in the interest of drawing investors as well as leading companies and experts in the field of low-carbon technology and urban development to collaborate together in multi-party collaborative projects which utilize the Public-Private-People (PPP) partnership model. 

    Home to a number of the country’s leading green and low-carbon industry companies and a highly active venture capital investment market, Shenzhen makes for an excellent center for the future of China’s innovative green industry. In addition to spurring technological research and development and creating systemic, integrated solutions for the low-carbon industry, the development and innovation platform will also aim to support cities in encouraging energy conservation and practicing sustainable urban development. 

    Alongside this announcement, the conference featured a series of keynote addresses delivered by leading experts and professionals in the field as well as a number of and government representatives. Moderated by Professor Huang Haifeng (Assistant Dean, Peking University HSBC Business School and Chairman of Asia, Ecological Development Union International), the conference’s speakers addressed issues related to the development of support infrastructures and service for sustainable, low-carbon urban development, and utilizing PPP partnerships to advance these projects. Speakers included a range of government representatives, including Mr. Yang Tiesheng (Deputy Director General, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China), and Mr. Wang Heqing (District Mayor, Jiangjin District, Chongqing), as well as representatives from leading construction material companies such as Dr. Xiong Yongqiang (Chairman of Jiada Group).



    Low-Carbon Development and Innovation Platform Conference, Shenzhen, China; 13 August, 2015

     Managing Director Ms. Zhang Ping of Shenzhen Low-Carbon Industry Investment Chamber of Commerce

    Mr. YANG Tiesheng, deputy director general, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China

    Mr. Yang Tiesheng, deputy director general, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China 

    Prof. Kang


    Professor Kang Feiyu



  • The World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC) and the Tsinghua University Shenzhen Graduate School hosted a seminar on green building materials and low-carbon technology on August 11th at the Graduate School in Shenzhen, China. The seminar’s range of speakers, including experts, professions, and government representatives in the construction and urban development industries, promoted the integration of low-carbon practices, materials, and technologies in construction, road work, and waste resource efficiency.

    As the seminar’s main partner, the Shenzhen KZD Traffic Construction Materials Company brought a focus on the development of environmentally sustainable traffic infrastructure, exploring the application of new materials and technologies in road work. This material-focused perspective was also represented in a number of other speeches delivered by experts in the fields of municipal design, building materials, the design of urban roads and bridges. KZD’s new asphalt technologies support sustainability in road construction by simplifying the production of asphalt by producing a ready-to-use product which eliminates the need for asphalt mixing and heating equipment or personnel.

     For more on WALCC member Shenzhen KZD please see the company's member page

    KZD Construction Material Seminar July 2015

    Mr. ZHANG Shaogao,



    Prof. Kang Feiyu



    Group photo


    Prof. LIAO Changwen, Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Prof. LIAO Changwen


Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.