North-East Asia Low Carbon City Platform (NEA-LCCP)

Due to the significant greenhouse gas emissions in the subregion and its linkages and contribution to overall sustainability, NEASPEC held consultations on low carbon city activities in 2013 which emphasized the need for further collaboration. The twentieth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-20) acknowledged the NEA-LCCP as an open platform for organizations to jointly mobilize their efforts in adopting and advancing low carbon city (LCC) development through four areas of activities: (i) information sharing and communications, (ii) technical assistance, (iii) analytical studies, and (iv) capacity building.

Objectives

Numerous global and regional networks in Asia consist primarily of municipal governments or academia. In order to add value to these existing networks, launching a platform for organizations working on LCC approaches, policies, and programmes will:

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Bring together existing and new information and knowledge on LCC approaches and policies Synergize the works of specialized organizations Collectively support municipal authorities in moving towards LCC

Peer Review and Comparative Analysis

North-East Asia has initiated policies and plans for LCC development at both national and city levels. The subregion has a wealth of experiences to offer and has great demand to learn from each other. NEASPEC proposes two activities – peer review at the city-level and comparative study at the national-level – that aim to strengthen knowledge, capacity and networking of experts, and agencies and cities in North-East Asia

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The twentieth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-20) had a series of consultations with experts in order to further elaborate the approaches and activities of the Platform, and reviewed the latest LCC development in the subregion and activities undertaken by other organizations.

Relevant Meetings
Twentieth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)
1-2 February 2016, Tokyo, Japan
North-East Asia Low Carbon Cities Platform (NEA-LCCP) Expert Group Workshop (EGW)
1-2 September 2016, Seoul City Hallg
21st Senior Officials Meeting
16-17 March 2017, Seoul, Republic of Korea
North-East Asia Low Carbon City Platform Peer Review and Comparative Study Workshop
Beijing, 16th June 2017

Relevant Documents
SOM 20: Low Carbon Cities SOM 20 Annex: North East Asia Low Carbon Cities Platform SOM 21: Low Carbon Cities SOM 21 Annex: Summary of Expert Group Workshop

In 2013, NEASPEC held consultations on low carbon city activities which emphasized the need for further collaboration and the empowerment of local governments, peer-to-peer support as well as experience-sharing. Subsequently, the SOM-19 in 2014 endorsed the launching of the North-East Asia Low Carbon City Platform (NEA-LCCP) as a platform for organizations working on low carbon cities.

Relevant Meetings
International Symposium on “Realizing Low Carbon Cities in North-East Asia"
5-6 December 2013, Beijing, China
Nineteenth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of NEASPEC
22-23 September 2014, Moscow, Russian Federation
International Conference on National Urban Policy: Towards Smarter and Greener Cities
14-15 December 2015, Incheon, Republic of Korea

Relevant Documents
Working Paper: North-East Asian Cities: Moving Towards Low Carbon, Green Cities Summary Report: International Symposium on “Realizing Low Carbon Cities in North-East Asia” SOM 19: Eco-efficiency Partnership with a focus on Low Carbon City

Early meetings and conferences on LCC focused on developing technical measures and policy instruments and strategies for developing low-carbon, green cities in North-East Asia. These efforts aimed to build a partnership among North-East Asian cities for developing and implementing eco-efficiency approach at the local level.

Relevant Meetings
Meeting of the Asia-Korea Carbon Footprint Partnership Program
13-14 October 2011, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Suwon Conference on Low Carbon, Green Cities in North-East Asia
17-18 October 2011, Suwon, Republic of Korea

Relevant Documents
Summary Report: Suwon Conference on Low Carbon, Green Cities in North-East Asia

 

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Cities are home to half of humanity and East and North East Asia (ENEA) share of urban population is expected to exceed 70% by the next decade due to continuous rapid urbanization. However, because of the concentration of population and energy consumption, cities are also where more progress can be made through better urban planning and greater citizen participation.

East and North-East Asia consist of 6 countries with total population of 1.6 billion and contributed almost one-third of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2013, including four of the world’s top ten emitters: China (1st), Russia (4th), Japan (5th) and ROK (12th). The subregion’s high energy and carbon intensity economies require immediate actions in reducing energy consumption, where radical changes in urban development have a critical role.

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Source: CAIT Climate Data Exporer by Word Resources Institute

Responding to calls for stepping up action on LCC development, the 2014 SOM-19 endorsed the launch of the North-East Asia Low Carbon City Platform (NEA-LCCP) as a platform for organizations working on low carbon cities.

Harnessing national experiences through networks, reviews, and capacity building

 

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