• The World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities will host, together with the City of Shenzhen, its 8th biannual forum at the Leo King Environmental Park in Longgang, Shenzhen, China from June 17thto 19th, 2015. The forum will seek to provide fresh perspectives on issues relating to sustainable development, addressing the role which cities and private companies play in realizing a low-carbon future. The forum’s themes will explore these issues through the Alliance’s core themes in addressing the role which technology, China’s Internet Plus strategy, city planning, renewable resources, and the future of urban transportation play in supporting this development.

    Through a series of panel discussions, workshops, and presentations from leading researchers, government officials, and business leaders, the forum will foster an exchange of opinions on shared topics between Chinese and Western cities, promote business opportunities, transfer of technology, and support the development of joint research projects, with a particular focus on developing green hospitals and integrating renewable resources.

    The wealth of expertise and experience on hand at the forum will also serve as a basis for the development of toolboxes to be used for the development of low-carbon ecosystems.

    The discussions will focus on the following themes

    • The relationship between cities and environment;
    • Low-carbon energy and resources;
    • Smart city development: from conceptualization to realization;
    • Low-carbon smart traffic outlook;
    • Innovation 2.0 - "Internet Plus" Strategy

    Through a series of presentations, panel discussions, and workshops, we expect to produce the following results:

    • provide fresh perspectives on sustainable development in China;
    • exchange opinions on shared topics between Chinese and Western cities;
    • promote business opportunities, technology transfer activities, and research projects, particularly for green hospitals and renewable resources;
    • build up content (cases, methodologies, etc.,) for toolboxes to be used for the development of low-carbon ecosystems.

    Since 2011, our Forums have welcomed more than 1000 participants from all over the world. We joined forces with the City of Shenzhen two years ago to highlight the increasing information exchange activity conducted between China and Europe. This advance has enabled us to connect big picture thinking with support from the project level. This year we plan to make the forums more effective and beneficial for all the participants.

    Download the forum agenda here.

    For more information regarding the forum, please feel free to contact us.


  • The World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities, together with Tsinghua University and Kyoto University will host a symposium on water treatment technologies and practices in Shenzhen, China tomorrow, Saturday the 13th of December, 2014. The symposium will feature presentations from a wide variety of visiting experts active in the research, development, and commercialization of related technologies and solutions. 

    Among the presenters is Shenzhen Yuekunlun Environment, a valued WALCC member, who will lead a discussion on deep environment treatment and secondary pollution control technology. Opening the symposium will be the chairman of the WALCC's board Professor Kang Feiyu, Dean of Tsinghua University's Graduate School at Shenzhen. The Alliance's vice-chairman Johan Wallin of Synocus, will also attend the symposium. 

    In addition to these valued participants and speakers, the Alliance is also pleased to welcome the the following participants who received a special invitation from the Alliance: Prof. Kap Seung YANG, School of Polymer Science and Engineering, Chonnam National University; Xu, H., Vice-General Manager, China Everbright International Limited; Wang, L., Vice President, Kangda International; Chen, L., Chairman, Litree Corp.; Pan, K., Qingke Zijin Environment Technology; and Prof. Wang, P., Hunan Xilin Environment Material.

    For a full schedule and further information on the symposium please see the event page.

  • The 9th Low Carbon City Development World Forum will be held in October 2015 in Tampere, Finland.

    Download a PDF copy ofthe latest agenda here

    For details on discounted hotel rates, please see below the forum agenda.

    This autumn's forum is titled Capabilities for Sustainable Urban Innovation and will feature two days of presentations and plenary discussion sessions followed by a third day of site visits organized by the City of Tampere. These visits offer participants an opportunity to see first-hand the interesting development underway in the region. 

    The forum will focus on core themes, addressing them from the perspective of innovation capabilities:

    • Systemic solutions for renewable energy
    • Mobility as a service vs. automotive industry
    • Ageing as a catalyst for social innovations
    • Health as platform for urban development

    The forum will also provide an international perspective on developing regional cooperation in innovation activity, offering perspectives from Finland, China, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Ireland.

    For information on this autumn's forum follow this event page and follow us on Twitter @walccorg


    Forum Highlights

    The Low-Carbon City Development World Forum was initiated by the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC). The Alliance is a non-profit, international association, aimed at improving the international development of low-carbon cities and facilitating communication and cooperation. The three main objectives of the WALCC are: to serve as a learning platform for members, initiate and orchestrate international research projects for low-carbon development, and be a globally active promoter of low-carbon initiatives. 

    • Catalyze business opportunities for international players in Finland and internationally
    • Provide an opportunity for exchanging ideas and networking with key people such as policy makers and business leaders
    • Reflections from world class experts on the conference topics
    • Network with renowned business figures, thought leaders, and decision makers
    • Visits to some of Tampere's leading low-carbon development related sites

    Forum Agenda: Capabilities for Sustainable Urban Innovation

    Venue: Valtatie 30, Tampere

    October 7, 2015 


    Opening address


    • Ms. Hannele Pokka, Permanent Secretary of the Finnish Ministry of the Environment

    • Ms. CHEN Wen, Political Counselor, Embassy of the PRC in Finland


    Cities as business partners

    • Mr. Pauli Välimäki, Director, City of Tampere
    • Mr. Pekka Sundman, Director, City of Turku
    • Mr. Jonas Kamleh, Head of Unit, City of Malmö

    Panel discussion




    The Climate Change collaboration initiative between UC Berkeley and Tsinghua University

    Professor KANG Feiyu, Dean, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Chairman, WALCC


    Cities as innovation nurturers; learning from progressive cities

    Dr. Johan Wallin, managing partner, Synocus Group, Vice-Chairman, WALCC




    Quality, efficiency, and innovation: The case of Finnish Social and Health Sector;

    Dr. Mikael Forss, Director, Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland


    Parallel sessions; mini-workshops

    • Health as platform for urban development, Chairperson: Professor Sven-Olof Isacsson, Lund University
    • Mobility as a service vs. automotive industry, Chairperson: Mr. Robert Galyen, CTO, CATL
    15.30 - 16.00


    16.00 - 16.30

    People flow as innovation enabler

    Ms. Hanna Uusitalo, Environmental director, KONE 

    16:30 - 17:00

    Aging and nursing home challenges in China

    Dr. YANG Yansui, Professor, Tsinghua University


    World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities; annual general meeting


    Reception, hosted by the City of Tampere, Raatihuone


    October 8, 2015 


    Cities as orchestrators of innovation and dynamic value constellations

    Dr. Mikael Paltschik, Associate Professor, Hanken School of Economics


    Parallel sessions; mini-workshops

    • Ageing as a catalyst for social innovations, Chairperson: Professor Olli Kangas, The Social Insurance Agency (KELA)
    • Systemic solutions for renewable energy, Chairperson: Research Professor Jari Kaivooja, University of Turku

    Health implications of environmental and social resources for preadolescents in China

    Dr. LI Wanxin, Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong




    National – regional innovation collaboration

    • The Finnish perspective, Mr. Jari Konttinen, Director, The Confederation of Finnish Industries
    • The Chinese perspective, Professor KONG Ying, Director, Division of Social Science & Management, Tsinghua University
    • The Dutch perspective, Professor Marjolein Caniëls, Open University of the Netherlands

    Panel discussion




    Plenary discussion related to panel discussion


    Concluding remarks

    KANG Feiyu & Johan Wallin


    October 9, 2015 


    Visit to various sites organized by the City of Tampere

    • Fastems, leading provider of flexible manufacturing systems and robot cells to the metal cutting industries to automate the manufacturing and finishing processes
    • Mediapolis, an international campus that concentrates on content production and information & communications technology connected to the Tampere unit of the Finnish national broadcasting company YLE
    • FinnMedi, a company providing services related to business development and clinical research in the Life Sciences sector



    Forum attendees in need of accommodation during the forum (October 6-9) are eligible for a discounted rate at the Original Sokos Hotel Ilves (Hatanpäänvaltatie 1, 33100 Tampere). A limited number of superior, single and double rooms are available at the rate of €160 / night (single) or €180 / night (double). This rate includes a complimentary breakfast and use of the hotel’s sauna facilities.

    To gain this rate mention booking code WALCC when booking. All reservations must be made before September 15th.

    Phone: 020 1234631 Website

    Download a PDF copy ofthe latest agenda here.


    The Low-Carbon City Development World Forum is the main platform for encouraging partnership and an ecosystem-approach in sustainable development. By bringing together leading experts from a variety of industries, localities, and backgrounds, all sharing a strong interest in driving the development of low-carbon cities, the Forum helps to realize the full potential of this vast international network of cities, companies and research institutes. As we face unprecedented opportunities and challenges in the coming year, we are pleased to invite your organization to participate in the Low-Carbon City Development World Forum.

  • 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.

  • Download our May newsletter for the latest information on the upcoming Eighth World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities Development World Forum in Shenzhen June 17-19. 

    For more information on the upcoming Shenzhen forum, including a full agenda, see the updated event page!


  • The December newsletter includes reports on the December 13th water symposium held in Shenzhen, China organized by the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities together with Tsinghua University and the University of Kyoto as well as details regarding WALCC vice-chairman Johan Wallin's visit to Bosum Association during his trip to China.


    Download the newsletter!

  • 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


  • Building on the success of Helsinki’s minibus shuttle service Kutsuplus, first introduced a little over a year ago and drawing ever larger numbers of users, the city now plans to overhaul its transportation plan to go even further in creating the foundation for a truly car-free city. Led by the vision of an ambitious young transportation engineer, Sonja Heikkilä, the city is undertaking a pilot in the Vallilla area which uses smart phone technologies to integrate the city’s public transportation infrastructure with other transport options and services to create an on-demand, single-payment system.

    This plan has drawn attention from the international community, with publications ranging from England’s The Guardianto business-focused publications such as Business Insider and Bloomberg View as well as the technology press ZDNet.

    ZDNet article

    The Guardian article

    Business Insider article

    Bloomberg View article

  • Schneider Electric’s Executive Vice-President of Global Operations Julio Rodriguez announced, on July 22, 2014, plans to establish a Center of Excellence focused on smart cities solutions in Barcelona, Spain. The Center, Schneider Electric’s first focused solely on smart solutions for cities, will serve as the center of the company’s knowledge on solutions for smart cities, gathering the experience, the results and the successful Smart City solutions established worldwide. The work of the Center of Excellence will guide and support cities on their way towards a new paradigm in efficiency management, habitability, and sustainability thanks to the implementation of smart solutions and the development of new business models.

    Source: Schneider Electric press release 

  • 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.

  • Hosted in cooperation with Tsinghua University and Kyoto University, the symposium is focused on the challenges associated with water issues in Asia and the latest technologies and best practices to tackle these challenges. It features a full day of presentations and poster sessions as well as networking opportunities throughout the day.

    The symposium is an opportunity for academics and industry members to exchange the latest innovation technologies and promote technology transfer and cooperation globally and to network with professionals and academics in the water field.

    Tsinghua University and Kyoto University, as top universities in their respective countries, have established solid cooperation in promoting Japan-China cooperation in research and education for environmental technologies, through the platform of the Kyoto Univ.-Tsinghua Univ. Cooperative Research and Education Center for Environmental Technology


    Dec. 13 (Sat.) 8:30~16:00


    Multi-function hall, C building, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, The University Town, Nanshan, Shenzhen


    Kyoto Univ.-Tsinghua Univ. Cooperative Research and Education Center for Environmental Technology


    Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University

    Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University

    Council of Kyoto Univ.-Tsinghua Univ. Cooperative Research and Education Center for Environmental Technology

    Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) CREST Program

    World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC)




    Opening Ceremony

    Chair:Prof. Guan, Y., Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    Welcome address

    Prof. Kang Feiyu

    Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    Opening address

    Prof. Fujii, S.,

    Dean of Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University


    Opening address

    Mr. Yao, M.,

    Secretary-general of Council of Kyoto Univ.-Tsinghua Univ. Cooperative Research and Education Center for Environmental Technology

    International Cooperation session

    Chair:Prof. Guan, Y., Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    Toward 10th anniversary of Kyoto University-Tsinghua University Cooperative Research and Education Center for Environmental Technology

    Prof. Tanaka, H., Kyoto University


    International Cooperation of Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University

    Prof. Xia, G, Vice-Dean Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    Status Update on Kyoto University International Cooperation

    Prof. Fujii, S.,

     Kyoto University

    Research session

    Chair:Prof. Zhang, X., Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    21st Century Urban Water Environment Construction and Water Recycling Technology Development and Evaluation

    Prof. Tanaka, H.,  Kyoto University


    Shenzhen Low Impact Development Research and Practice

    Prof. Guan, Y., Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    Study on Carbon dioxide Emissions of Reclaimed Water Supply

    Dr. Shigemura, H.,

    National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management


    Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nano-particles on graphene/carbon composite nano-fiber under visible light

    Prof. Kap Seung YANG

    School of Polymer Science and Engineering

    Chonnam National University


    Memorial photo session



    Poster session

    Oral-Poster hybrid session I

    Chair:Prof. Tanaka, H.,  Kyoto University


    Emission control of nitrous oxide and beneficial use of ash derived from cattle manure combustion

    Prof. Takaoka, M., Kyoto University


    Everbright International’s water treatment and resource utilization

    Xu, H., Vice-General Manager, China Everbright International Limited


    Anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge with high solids concentration

    Prof. Li, H., Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    Sustainable water business model development and practice

    Wang, L., Vice President, Kangda International


    Modelling of high risk water reuse system of urban underground aquifers

    Prof. Echigo, S., Kyoto University


    Future of water and membrane

    Chen, L., Chairman, Litree Corp.

    Oral-Poster hybrid session II

    Chair:Prof. Takaoka, M., Kyoto University


    A short, new water technology treatment process

    Pan, K., Qingke Zijin Environment Technology


    Water treatment, sewage treatment and industrial wastewater treatment technology introduction

    Zhang, L., Maezawakasei Industries


    DBA new polymer materials used in electroplating wastewater containing heavy metals and resource use

    Prof. Wang, P., Hunan Xilin Environment Material


    Environmental Technology from Swing Corporation

    Fang, L., Swing Corporation


    Discussion of the deep environment treatment and secondary pollution control technology

    Zhou, L., Shenzhen Yuekunlun Environment


    Development of New Water Treatment Technology using Inorganic Membrane and Ozonation

    Yamazaki, A., METAWATER Co., Ltd

    Student report session

    Chair:Tao, Y., Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    The research on urban waterlogging prevention based on the drainage pipe network model

    Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    Charactierising heavy metal desorption from road-deposited sediment under acid rain scenario

    Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    The lysis effect of β-Cyclocitral on Microcystis aeruginosa

    Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    Investigation of treatment property and sludge characteristics in municipal wastewater treatment plant in Shenzhen, China

    Kyoto University


    Analysis of heavy metals in roof dust in mixed urban catchment

    Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    Study on sewage sludge rheological behavior

    Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    Tertiary denitrification of the secondary effluent in wastewater treatment plant by using denitrification filter

    Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    PPCPs removal mechanisms by Ceramic membrane / TiO2 / UV

    Kyoto University


    Removal mechanism and toxicity changes of benzisothiazolone biocide by ozonation

    Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University



    Special session

    Chair:Mizuno, T., Kyoto University


    Internship in China, 2014

    Kyoto University


    'View' --The Visit to Japan

    Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University


    Poster session


  • As cities try to spur the innovativeness of their areas, those within city organizations must look not only to themselves but to each other as well as those around them. Can we improve our own operations? Who should we collaborate with? How should the collaboration be structured to ensure that the ‘right’ issues are addressed? How can we, efficiently, identify everyone’s interests and handle them constructively? Co-creation partnerships can therefore be considered as forms of social innovation, which can help to fuel those goals we consider important; such as low-carbon transportation solutions.

    The two-year, TEKES-funded Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI) program aims to contribute to this goal through the efforts of researchers from Aalto University’s Department of Real Estate, Planning, and Geoinformatics and University of Tampere’s Politics of nature and the environment research group (PONTE), in co-operation with the cities of Espoo and Tampere, and together with the selected sub-contractor Synocus. The program is led by Professor Raine Mäntysalo who has a strong interest in the development of the 4P model (Public – Private – People –Partnership), a model which requires understanding the interests of various parties as well as the tensions between these parties. This theme will be assessed through the development of a number of urban areas, including Otaniemi and Keilaniemi in Espoo and, in Tampere, research will focus on the urban densification project underway in the Tammela region and the development of collaboration between the various parties involved.

    Synocus responsibilities in the research program include: conducting international benchmarking studies comparing and contrasting the efforts of city regions in Sweden and China that are also faced with the same challenges. This benchmarking will highlight interesting examples and precedents of the regional and local support structures developed for driving sustainability and low-carbon innovation in urban planning which can benefit Finnish cities. Points of comparison in Finland include the ‘Innovation Garden’; an area consisting of Otaniemi, Tapiola, and Keilaniemi, providing support for the area’s development, guiding the form of co-operation, and the evolution of the area’s branding. Similarly, the SASUI program will support Tampere’s activities as the head of the Smart Cities section of the national Innovative Cities (INKA) program. The INKA program’s goal is to foster novel forms of co-operation between private sector companies and public sector organizations in developing new, commercially viable innovations and expertise for the global market.

    The SASUI program is connected to the international World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC). The WALCC is a non-profit organization aimed at supporting the development of low-carbon cities. The alliance supports its members’ efforts to adopt low-carbon technologies by providing them with information on the industry’s latest developments and by arranging networking events. The SASUI program provides the WALCC with a source of information regarding the latest developments to support the research and development goals of its members, further collaborative initiatives spurred by the program, as well as providing updates of the program’s progress.

    The SASUI program will be represented at the 7th annual Low Carbon Development World Forum organized by the WALCC. The forum will be held at the Tampere Hall in Tampere, Finland, from October 7-9.

    Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation program details

    Duration: 2014-2015

    Budget: €620,000 (including funding from outside sources as well as the funding provided by participating universities; TEKES funding accounts for €372,000)

    Websites: http://walcc.org/index.php/programs/sasui



    Participating parties: Aalto University, University of Tampere, City of Espoo, City of Tampere, Synocus

    Program manager: Prof. Raine Mäntysalo

    Program contact persons: Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé (Aalto University), Helena Leino (University of Tampere), and Johan Wallin (Synocus)

  • On 20th, Dec, 2014, the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities will join together with Bosum Association to promote health and a low-carbon lifestyle in Shenzhen, China. The venue will be the Shenzhen Bay Sports Park beginning at 9:00. The estimated length of the  5.1 KM.

    PARTICIPANTS: Bosum Association suppliers, students, and their families, Bosum providers clubs, Bosum Association district town Alumni Association.

    To register, please contact Ms. Yahui Li (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +86 13751010248). The registration deadline is 10th, Dec, 2014.

    For more information please visit the Chinese page.


  • 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



  • Tsinghua University’s Graduate School at Shenzhen and the World Alliance for Low-Carbon Cities organized a low-carbon building seminar in Shenzhen, China on November 8, 2014. The seminar was very successful in bringing together a number of corporate and public sector participants active in low-carbon industries.

    Topics of discussion at the seminar included building materials, construction process, and carbon emissions in construction as well as the great potential for carbon reduction in urban development. Presentations addressed a variety of topics under the theme of green, sustainable construction. Dr. MAO Daqing, Senior Vice President of Vanke Group, spoke about applying green and low-carbon practices to real estate development. Dr. Mao spoke about how Vanke’s commitment to exploring technology and policy innovations helps the company to improve the lives of their customers through the investing in improving the quality of construction and resource efficiency, as well as establishing community waste management and environmental education programs. Alongside these developments Vanke is also involved in the development of the planned Beijing Green Building Park.

    Mr. WU Xin of Schneider Electric’s Eco-Building Business Unit gave a detailed report about the dramatic rise in return on investment (10- 20%) in the company’s green buildings, based on resource efficiency and customers’ positive experiences. Mr. Wu introduced a variety of green building activities which had helped the company develop their green building properties, particularly focused on employing energy efficiency solutions.

    Mr. YANG Lihua, National Key Account General Manager in Schneider Electric’s Retail Business Unit, and Mr. Jason Chen, Key Account Manager at Schneider Electric’s Retail Business Unit, traveled from Beijing and Guangzhou respectively, especially to attend the seminar. Schneider Electric’s participation at the seminar brought a valuable perspective on improving productivity when adopting energy-efficient green solutions.

    Dr. Emma Falck and Mr. CHEN Bin, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Kone’s Product Strategy & Marketing Division, presented energy-conservation technologies commonly used in green building elevator and escalator fields, and their application in successful cases, including the Kingdom Tower presently under construction in Saudi Arabia which is set to become the world's tallest building, and in MonoSpace elevators and energy-efficient designs.

    Mr. YANG Haibin, Vice General Manager of the Shenzhen Airport (Group) Co., Ltd, shared experiences from the Shenzhen Green Airport, including practical application of T3, photovoltaic energy conservation, and rainwater recycling technologies as well as other very energy-efficient, green strategies.

    Prof. YE Qing, Managing Director of Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co., Ltd, presented a green building design strategy developed for the new urbanization context, and participants shared examples of efficient, practical, and feasible low-carbon buildings in use in Shenzhen.

    In addition to these presentations, participants and speakers engaged in lively discussion throughout the seminar, providing an opportunity to explore areas of interest more thoroughly with the experts present.

    In his concluding remarks, Chairman of WALCC, Prof. KANG shared his aspirations for this seminar to, not only increase awareness regarding building energy consumption, low-carbon buildings, and green buildings, but also to promote cooperation and joint development of low-carbon buildings.


    Guests attending the forum included the vice-president of the China Research Centre of Landscape Architectural design and Planning and former vice director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the PRC Miss ZHENG Shuling, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen Graduate School Dean and Professor KANG Feiyu, the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities Chairman who gave the opening address at the forum. Dr. MAO Daqing, Senior Vice President of Vanke Group, Mr. Wu Xin of the Eco-Building Business Unit at Schneider Electric, Asia Pacific regional president of new equipment Dr. Emma Falck at KONE, the Vice General Manager of the Shenzhen Airport (Group) Co., Ltd. Mr. Yang Haibin, and Prof. YE Qing, Managing Director of Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co., Ltd. who delivered a key-note speech. Furthermore, participants also included members of the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities, Tsinghua Alumni Association, members of the Shenzhen Bosum Association, graduate students and faculty, a total of about 140 people attended the forum.


    Upcoming World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities Events

    • Shenzhen Water Symposium (December 13, 2014 in Shenzhen, China)
    • Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation(SASUI) Workshop (late January 2015 in Finland)
    • Renewable Resources and Energy Seminar (March 2015 in Xiamen, China)
    • International Forum on Low Carbon City Eighth Low Carbon City Development World Forum (June 2015 in Shenzhen)
    • Ninth Low Carbon City Development World Forum (October 2015 in Tampere, Finland)

    See photos from the forum here.

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    Register here for the Shenzhen Low-Carbon Building Seminar

    Building on the successful results of the recent Low-Carbon City Development World Forum held in Tampere, the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities and Tsinghua University's Graduate School at Shenzhen will host a low-carbon building themed seminar in Shenzhen, China on November 8th, 2014 from 13:00 - 18:00. The Shenzhen Low-carbon Building Seminar will create more opportunities for communication and cooperation among the member organizations in the interest of furthering the dialogue initiated at the Alliance's Tampere forum. 

    The seminar will feature speeches from representatives of WALCC Diamond member organizations Vanke Group and Kone in addition to other WALCC member organizations such as Schneider Electric. 

    News of an upcoming water treatment themed event will be announced here in the near future.

    For further details on the seminar and the list of featured speakers, see the event page and register for the event now!

  • On March 31st, the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities gathered together a group of experts, from both private and public sectors, with interests in the development of the cities of the future. Inspired by the publication of a report for the recently completed city development research project Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI), the Alliance gathered together these experts to engage in a far reaching discussion regarding the implications of the project’s findings and the development of new forms partnership in demanding urban development situations.

    Participants at the workshop included city or regional representatives like Markku Markkula, a member of Espoo’s City Council and President of the European Committee of Regions; and Leena Vuotovesi, CEO of the municipality of Ii’s industry strategy and development organization Micropolis; and private companies, such as Janne Öfversten of WALCC member organization Kone.

    The SASUI project’s findings, as presented by one of the SASUI project’s contributing researchers, Simo Syrman (Aalto University), led into presentations from Antti Paulanne, head of Schneider Electric’s healthcare segment, and Kari Mikkelä, of urban innovation support agency Urban Mill, who addressed different perspectives on the support major corporations and cities can support the development of new innovations, services, and companies.

    The Alliance’s Vice-chairman Johan Wallin (Synocus Group) closed the afternoon with an acute assessment of the various ways in which the Alliance supports the complex ecosystems which bring together the expertise and experience of various private sector organizations in collaboratively advancing the goals of cities’ as they address the challenges posed by transforming to sustainable cities of the future.

    You can read the SASUI project’s report online at Aalto University’s website.

     SASUI discussion afternoon at Urban Mill, March 31st, 2016

  • 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.