The first Shenzhen International Low Carbon City Forum (also known as The Fourth World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities Forum) was held, together with the participation of Tsinghua University’s Shenzhen Graduate School and several local municipal commissions and foundations, this past week, June 16-19,2013, in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese city newly appointed as an International Low Carbon City. The theme of this fourth bi-annual Forum was Low-Carbon Development – Exploring the new model of urbanization.

The forum provided an excellent opportunity for experts to exchange opinions and learn from each other. Experts were well prepared and contributed expert information on low-carbon development and cutting-edge low-carbon technologies, based on their experience in the field. The forum was well received by attendees, receiving excellent feedback from the audience, further proof that the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities plays an integral role in strengthening cooperation between the ecosystem’s various parties and in promoting sustainable development practices worldwide.

The WALCC serves as a stage for those involved in the field of low-carbon exchange to come together and share experiences and developments in their work with a global network as well as an effective platform for cooperation among government, companies and research institutions. The Alliance’s operations are now focused along four thematic areas, urban planning, urban transportation, green building, and renewable resources. The Alliance hosts bi-annual forums in Europe and China, such as the Shenzhen Forum, in addition to a range of other events and service for its members, including workshops and other cooperation activities, every year.

The next WALCC Forum will be held in Malmö, Sweden on 26th – 28th, September, 2013. The Forum will be co-hosted together with Region Skåne, one of the Alliance’s member organizations. This occasion will highlight the following themes, systemic urban innovation, energy efficiency in buildings, green hospitals, smart mobility, green harbors, and waste to energy processes. Please register at our website now if you are interested in attending the Forum.

Read more: Check back next week when we’ll be posting further information on the Forum! 

Read about the speakers featured at the Forum here.

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Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

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