50 Climate Solutions from Cities in the People’s Republic of China

Publication | November 2018

This publication showcases 50 innovative case studies from cities in the People’s Republic of China that are mitigating against and adapting to climate change.

  • US$22.00 (paperback)

Solutions being implemented in these cities are proving that reducing carbon dioxide emissions and protecting the environment need not sacrifice economic prosperity. This publication is an initiative of the Asian Development Bank to support efforts of the People’s Republic of China to address climate change and showcase innovations in low-carbon city development. The sharing of these examples could inspire other cities and drive further innovation.


  • Introduction: City Projects for Climate Action in the PRC
  • Energy
    • Qinhuangdao, Hebei: Passive Buildings Deliver Decarbonization and Improve Living Standards
    • Wuzhong, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region: Solar Micro Grids Provide Green Energy and Fight Poverty
    • Hanchuan, Hubei: Combining Solar Power and Organic Farming
    • Qingdao, Shandong: District Heating and Cooling Powered by Air, Ground, and Waste
    • Qingdao, Shandong: Rooftop Solar Energy Cuts Costs and Carbon
    • Shijiazhuang, Hebei: Maximizing Energy Recovery at Wastewater Treatment Facility
    • Datong, Shanxi: Panda Power: Turning the Sun into Fun
    • Guangzhou, Guangdong: Public Sector Leading the Charge with Energy Improvements
    • Chongqing: River Water Keeping Chongqing Ice Cool
    • Guangzhou, Guangdong: E-Commerce Era Brings Green Growth Opportunities
    • Beijing: Innovative Technology Brings Near Zero Energy Building
    • Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region: Winds of Change for District Heating
    • Hengshui, Hebei: Win-Win Scheme Turns Pig Waste into Power
  • Land Use and Resilience
    • Daxing'anling, Heilongjiang: Reforestation Captures Carbon and Boosts the Economy
    • Beijing: Saplings Sequester Carbon and Attract Tourists
    • Changde, Hunan: Green Infrastructure to Improve Climate Resiliency
    • Shanghai: Redevelopment Incorporates Sustainable Design
    • Jiaozhou, Qingdao, Shandong: Sponge Infrastructure Improves Resilience and Water Security
    • Ningbo, Zhejiang: Holistic Approach to Water for Climate Adaptation
    • Xining, Qinghai: Linking Green Spaces for Cyclists
    • Wuhan, Hubei: World’s Largest Beach Park Serves as Flood Defense
    • Shanghai: Innovative Low-Carbon Business Development
  • Waste
    • Wuhai, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region: Smart Route Planning Tool Cuts Emissions
    • Chengdu, Sichuan, Responsible Recycling of Kitchen Waste Cuts Emissions
    • Wuhan, Hubei: Green Haven Rises from the Ashes of Old Landfill Site
    • Ningbo, Zhejiang: Changing Attitudes with Improved Waste Management
    • Weihai, Shandong: Turning Waste into Walls
    • Shanghai: Extracting Energy from Sludge Cuts Coal and Pollution
  • Climate Action
    • Wuhan, Hubei: Empowering the Next Generation for Climate Action
    • Qingdao, Shandong: Growing Gross Domestic Product While Reducing Emissions
    • Shanghai: Ambitious and 100% Compliant Emissions Trading Scheme
    • Guangzhou, Guangdong: Youth Network Engages and Inspires Tomorrow’s Climate Leaders
    • Suzhou, Jiangsu: Economic Incentives to Reduce Consumption and Go Green
    • Shenzhen, Guangdong: Decoupling Emissions and Growth with Market-Based Tools
    • Zhongshan, Guangdong: Low-Carbon Collective Inspires and Educates
    • Beijing: Growing Up - Efficient, Vertical Farming
    • Hefei, Anhui: Planning for the Future with Smart Data and Financing
    • Nanping, Fujian: Low-Carbon Passport Improves Ecotourism
    • Beijing: Residential Communities Creating Change from the Ground Up
    • Hangzhou, Zhejiang: Gamifying Green Lifestyles for 3% of the World
    • Wuhan, Hubei: Citizens at the Heart of a Low-Carbon Future
  • Mobility
    • Beijing: Carpooling Tackles Congestion and Emissions
    • Taiyuan, Shanxi: Electric Taxis Replace Traditional Fleet
    • Huai'an, Jiangsu: Supercapacitor Technology Leading the Charge for Public Transport
    • Beijing: Speedy and Comfortable Commute with Shared Bus Service
    • Wuhan, Hubei: Cycling Scheme Incentivizes Carbon Reductions
    • Shanghai: Buses Go Truly Zero Emission with Solar Power
    • Yichang, Hubei: Bus Rapid Transit Unlocks Urban Mobility
    • Foshan, Guangdong: Zero-Emission Hydrogen Bus Fleet
    • Chongqing: Cleaner Mobility through Car Sharing
  • Methodology: Sourcing Climate Solutions in Chinese Cities

Additional Details

  • Climate change
  • Sustainable transport and urban development
  • Promoting climate resilient development
  • Managing land use and forests
  • Energy
  • Clean energy
  • Transport
  • Transport/Vehicle emissions
  • Urban transport
  • Urban development
  • Waste management
  • Water
  • Urban Water
  • Wastewater
  • China, People's Republic of
  • 76
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TCS189613-2
  • 978-92-9261-372-3 (print)
  • 978-92-9261-373-0 (electronic)

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