Creating Low Carbon Cities

  • Shobhakar Dhakal
  • Matthias Ruth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Shobhakar Dhakal, Matthias Ruth
    Pages 1-4
  3. Paul Fleming
    Pages 5-13
  4. Matthias Ruth, Sanchari Ghosh, Sahar Mirzaee, Nancy S. Lee
    Pages 15-28
  5. Federico Caprotti
    Pages 51-62
  6. Lucia Alexandra Popartan, Francesc Morata
    Pages 63-74
  7. Edwin H. W. Chan, Sheila Conejos, Michael Wang
    Pages 75-88
  8. John A. Mathews, Mei-Chih Hu, Hao Tan
    Pages 89-98
  9. Stephanie B. Ohshita, Nan Zhou
    Pages 99-111
  10. Eugene Mohareb, Daniel Hoornweg
    Pages 113-127
  11. Viresh Patel
    Pages 145-155
  12. Abel Chavez, Joshua Sperling
    Pages 157-168
  13. Jennifer Lenhart, Joan Fitzgerald
    Pages 187-199
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 201-205

About this book


This book addresses key topics in the current deliberations and debates on low carbon cities that are underway globally. Contributions by experts from around the world focus on the key factors required for creating low carbon cities. These include appropriate infrastructure, ensuring co-benefits of climate actions, making best use of knowledge and information, proper accounting of emissions, and social factors such as behavioral change. Readers will gain a better understanding of these drivers and explore potential transformation pathways for cities.

Particular emphasis is given to the current situation of energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the urban level, stressing the complexity of measuring GHG emissions from cities. Chapters also shed new light on the long-term transformation pathways towards low carbon. This book discusses key challenges and opportunities in all these domains to aid in creating low carbon cities, making it of value to policy makers, researchers in academia and consultants working on climate change and energy issues.

“The low carbon cities agenda is of bold ambition and demands rapid societal transformation. This book provides invaluable information and analysis on how the goals of this agenda can be achieved and what will be the significant obstacles in the way. The content in the book goes below the surface to reveal on-the-ground economic, engineering and equity issues that are at the heart of the Paris Climate Agreement and the ensuing policy debates. In this way, Creating Low Carbon Cities serves as a critical scholarly benchmark and as a toolkit for further action."

William Solecki, Professor, Institute for Sustainable Cities, City University of New York

"Creating Low Carbon Cities provides a refreshingly critical approach to low-carbon urban development, what has been achieved so far and the challenges ahead. It will be an important data-driven resource for local leaders, sustainability practitioners and urban planners.”

Ms. Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability


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Editors and affiliations

  • Shobhakar Dhakal
    • 1
  • Matthias Ruth
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Environment, Resources and Development, and Department of Energy, Environment and Climate ChangeAsian Institute of TechnologyPathumthaniThailand
  2. 2.School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA

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