The program in a nutshell

There are 225 urban agglomerations in Asia with populations of 0.5 to 1 million, and 184 cities with populations of 1 to 5 million. These are expected to increase to 241 and 244 respectively by 2015. This will lead to higher resource use and environmental issues. The authorities and planners need to take initiatives to address resource use efficiency of cities and the greenhouse gas emissions .

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) with support from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) has initiated a two year “Action towards Resource-efficient and Low Carbon Cities in Asia” program with the objective to assist a number of small and medium cities of Asia in their efforts towards low carbon society through improved resource efficiency and promoting environmental sustainability.

At the end of the program, the participating cities are expected:

  • to address resource depletion and greenhouse gas emission issues, promote low carbon activities, and to have the sensitivity to take into consideration the voices of their citizens, including the poor and women;
  • to formulate policies and strategies that favor equitable and socially fair growth, and sustainable production and consumption practices;
  • to acquire knowledge on techniques to introduce low carbon initiatives; and
  • to use the Bilan Carbone TM tool, and implement few initiatives based on the analysis and outputs of Bilan Carbone TM .

To achieve the above goals, the major activities that will be conducted in consultation with stakeholders and partners, include:

  • training city authorities and other stakeholders on Territorial Climate and Energy Plan (TCEP) and “Bilan Carbone TM ” and their applicability to small and medium-size cities in Asia;
  • pilot scale activities in selected Asian cities; and
  • Information dissemination among a wider spectrum of cities.