The Low Carbon City Development World Forum, now marking its 4th gathering, has quickly established itself as a major international development platform for sustainability issues. This summer, the Forum will join forces with the Development and Reform Commission of Shenzhen Municipality to connecting low-carbon professionals from all over the world to strengthen commitment to driving new research and demonstration projects regarding low-carbon solutions. Furthermore, this event also serves as The 1st Shenzhen Low Carbon Summit.

Shenzhen, as one of the first Special Economic Zones in China, has not only been transformed from a village into a megacity, with a population of over 10 million, but has also firmly established itself as a leading eco-city worldwide. Join us in Shenzhen to engage in a highly dynamic discussion on the development of a low-carbon future, one of the most important topics of our time, and explore the secrets to Shenzhen’s sustainable development, a Chinese model of best practice.

Forum Highlights

  • Catalyze business opportunities for international players in China
  • Access to key policy makers in China and discover their insights on creating a low-carbon future
  • Meet financiers keen to invest in cutting-edge low-carbon solutions
  • Mingle with hundreds of renowned business figures, thought leaders and decision makers
  • Full day site visit hosted by the City of Shenzhen which is actively recruiting international partnerships in low-carbon solutions

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. The Forum features five tracks of low-carbon development: Urban Planning, Urban Transportation, Green Building, and Renewable Resources and Smart City.


Forum Agenda

Main venue: Shenzhen International Low-Carbon Town Convention & Exhibition, Pingdi, Longang District, Shenzhen, China.

June 16th, 2013 


Reception and registration


Welcome dinner


June 17th, 2013 


Opening address


Keynote Speeches


Keynote speeches from high-level government officials speaking on China’s low-carbon landscape and how technologies can help Chinese cities to balance economic growth with environmental sustainability.  Speakers include the Head of the National Development and Reform Commission’s Department of Climate Change for, the Vice Director of the Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission, the head of the WALCC, and various foreign dignitaries. 




Successful Low-Carbon Solutions Showcases


Pioneer low-carbon cities together with their partners share their recipes for successful sustainable practices in reality. Cities and commercial partners demonstrate how creative solutions through technology, policy finance and infrastructure bring together the elements of low-carbon solutions.




June 18th, 2013


Key note session; forming a joint agenda


Three parallel  seminars:


Track A. City Planning, focus on urbanization, Eco-city planning and renovation

Track B. Green Building, focus on the green building, energy conservation and development of real estate for senior citizens

Track C. Renewable Resources, focus on renewable energy, material usage, smart power generation, and smart grids




Key note session; forming a joint agenda


Three parallel seminars:


Track C. (continued from morning). Renewable Resources, focus on renewable energy, material usage, smart power generation, and smart grids

Track D. Urban Transportation. focus on new energy vehicle  (including powertrain battery) and smart transportation

Track E. Smart City, focus on the impact of internet, information and communication technologies on building smart city


Concluding discussions



June 19th, 2013 


Shenzhen Low-Carbon Innovation Tour


All participants are invited to join the Shenzhen Low-Carbon Innovation Tour organized by the City of Shenzhen The tour will allow you to discover why Shenzhen is the world’s leading low-carbon city and take you around the city’s most fascinating and interesting areas and featured companies.


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 year 2013, we are pleased to invite your organization to participate in the Low-Carbon City Development World Forum.

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