Jincheng is a prefecture-level city in the southeast of the Shanxi province in northern China, with a population of 2.2 million. It is an industrial city in an area where coal mining is an important industry. To address the air quality issues caused by the coal industry, the local government has invested heavily in air quality and related environmental protection activities. Over the last few years, the local government has conducted a series of activities including tree-planting, establishing and maintaining large parks and ecological reserves, shutting down or relocating some of the worst-polluting factories, and the generalized use of coal-bed methane which burns much cleaner than coal. Due to its consistent improvement, Jincheng is now a nationally recognized park city in China.
The World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities warmly welcomes the City of Jincheng as a government member. Together with Jincheng we hope to explore new ways of implementing the transformation towards a world with greener, cleaner, and smarter cities.