Low-Carbon Development in Small and Medium-Sized Cities in the People’s Republic of China: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: June 2013
Type: Papers and Briefs
Series: ADB Briefs
ISBN: 978-92-9254-216-0 (print), 978-92-9254-217-7 (web)
ISSN: 2071-7202 (print), 2218-2675 (web)
Author: Ishii, Satoshi; Muzones, Maricor


This policy brief reveals the challenges and opportunities for small and medium-sized cities in the People’s Republic of China to pursue low-carbon development in urban management and key urban sectors.

Key Points

  • Rates of urbanization and new small and medium-sized cities rise at an unprecedented pace in rapidly growing countries like the People’s Republic of China.
  • Given the limitations in financial and human resources, and opportunities for growth, low-carbon development in small and medium-sized cities is much more complex than in megacities owing to the expectations and unique challenges small and medium-sized cities face.
  • Small and medium-sized cities are endowed with opportunities that will help foster an enabling environment for low-carbon development in parallel with socioeconomic growth.