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2023 | Book

Decarbonization of Cities in Asia

A Polycentric Approach to Policy, Business and Technology

Authors: Vincent S. Cheng, Guo-Jun Li

Publisher: Springer Nature Singapore


About this book

This book provides best practices for decarbonizing cities in East Asia, in which buildings are the major contributor to carbon emissions. Beyond the global commitment through the Paris Agreement to make collective efforts on climate action and accelerated policies, investment and development at the country and city level to combat climate change are occurring at an unprecedented rate. Rapid urbanization and increasing energy demand for large and dense Asian cities require smart and sustainable strategies to balance development with decarbonization. A poly-centric approach is needed, where a combination of policy-, market- and technology-driven changes can aid the transition towards development of carbon neutral cities. With practical examples in the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, green financing, climate action roadmap and policy, deployment of renewable energy, and low- to zero-carbon buildings, readers can find the motivation, considerations and implementation pathways to facilitate the transition into the new normal. It is the hope of the authors to encourage readers to see successful pathways in transitioning into a carbon-free industry and overcoming the effects of climate extremes.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Since the nineteenth century, anthropological carbon emissions have been on the rise due to industrialization and intense economic development. While nature can regulate these emissions to a certain degree, human development has outpaced Earth’s natural capabilities, leading to a steep rise in atmospheric carbon over the past century.
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Chapter 2. Roadmap of Decarbonization
The Paris Agreement came into effect in 2016, with its central goal being to strengthen the global response to climate change by pursuing efforts to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 °C by the end of twenty-first century.
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Chapter 3. Policy on Carbon Reduction
In recent years, we have witnessed the largest global collaboration regarding combating global warming. Through NDCs under the UNFCCC, many countries have made commitments towards emissions reduction and taken the necessary steps to address the problems of climate change using established decarbonization roadmaps.
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Chapter 4. Market Solutions
In the past decade, the world has seen some successes in curtailing the rise of carbon emissions, driven by policies on decarbonization and technological advancement.
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Chapter 5. Technological Solutions
As one of the pillars of decarbonization, technology plays an important role in reaching the ultimate goal of achieving net-zero carbon by 2050.
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Chapter 6. New Normal
2020 saw an abrupt drop in carbon emissions worldwide, which was due to the disruption to our normal economic activities caused by COVID-19. Various lockdowns forced business and daily life to stand still for months. Misfortunes aside, the reduced economic activities accompanied by reduced carbon emissions resulted in a positive sign in terms of combatting climate change.
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Chapter 7. Conclusion
The pandemic was a warning to the world about the ruthlessness of climate change on mankind—the catastrophes that can happen to us are beyond our imagination. If there is one lesson that we need to learn, it is to change our mindset. Our planet has a “designed” carrying capacity, and we simply cannot exploit endlessly and expect the Earth to recover on its own. The climate change that we are experiencing is anthropogenic—a result of continuous CO2 emissions since the industrial revolution that will soon exceed the carrying capacity of Earth. This chronic process has taken two centuries to build up, and everyone shares the same responsibility to fix it.
Vincent S. Cheng, Guo-Jun Li
Decarbonization of Cities in Asia
Vincent S. Cheng
Guo-Jun Li
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