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What is Urban and Regional Carbon Management?


Climate Compatible Urban Development: Towards developing assessment framework for cities: A GCP and partners workshop organized in March 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more on the issues under discussion.

"Water-Energy-Carbon Nexus in Cities: Drivers, footprints, and implications": The GCP workshop organized in collaboration with NIES is took place in Tokyo on 1-2 March 2012. Find out more.

Carbon Management Journal has a new Special Issue: Entitled Pathways toward Low-Carbon Cities: a US–China Focus the special issue has been published in August 2011.

"Carbon Governance in Asia: Bridging Scales and Disciplines" Media Communication: Based on the international workshop with the same title (visit workshop website), an article co-authored by Shobhakar Dhakal (GCP), Ruben Zondervan (ESG) and Jose Antonio Puppim de Oliveira (UNU) was published in the Our World 2.0 web magazine. The piece is calling for a minimum governance structure to manage carbon emissions and for Asia to take a lead role in creating sustainability solutions.

GCP, IIASA, PIK and NIES International Workshop in Viena: GCP together with its collaborators has organized an international workshop on the topic "Urban Energy and Carbon Modeling in a Rapidly Urbanizing World" during March 10 - 11, 2011.

Media coverage of GCP Carbon Budget for 2009: Global Carbon Project annual release of the Carbon Budget is being covered by the media. Find related articles (Google News). Read more on the Carbon Budget for 2009.

10 Years of Activity Brochure: The Global Carbon Project has completed a brochure detailing its research achievements over the past ten years entitled "10 Years of Advancing Knowledge on the Global Carbon Cycle and its Management". See and download the brochure here.

"Carbon Governance in Asia" Workshop Updates: The capacity building workshop "Carbon Governance in Asia: Bridging Scales and Disciplines" has taken place between 1-3 of November 2010 in Yokohama. A summary and messages from the workshop have been drafted. Read the document or visit workshop website.
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GCP (2010). Ten Years of Advancing Knowledge on the Global Carbon Cycle and its Management. Authors: Lavinia Poruschi, Shobhakar Dhakal and Josep Canadell. Tsukuba: Global Carbon Project

Dhakal, Shobhakar (2010). GHG emissions from urbanization and opportunities for urban carbon mitigation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, article in press. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2010.05.007. Elsevier

Dhakal, Shobhakar and Ram M. Shrestha eds. (2010) Carbon Emissions and Carbon Management in Cities. Energy Policy Journal Special Section, Volume 38, Issue 9, Pages 4753-5296 (September 2010).

Srinivasan, Ancha, Eric Zusman, and Shobhakar Dhakal eds. (2010) Low Carbon Transport in Asia: Strategies for Optimizing Co-benefits, London: Earthscan.

Li, Li, Changhong Chen, Shichen Xie, Cheng Huang, Zhen Cheng, Hongli Wang, Haiying Huang, Jun Lu, and Shobhakar Dhakal (2009) Energy demand and carbon emissions under different development scenarios for Shanghai, China. Energy Policy, Volume 38, Issue 9, September 2010, Pages 4797-4807.

Christopher, Kennedy, Anu Ramaswami, Sebastian Carney, and Shobhakar Dhakal (2009) Greenhouse Gas Emission Baselines for Global Cities and Metropolitan Regions, World Bank Commissioned paper for the Urban Research Symposium on Cities and Climate Change, Marseille, 28-30 June 2009.

Dhakal, Shobhakar (2009) Urban energy use and carbon emissions from cities in China and policy implications, Energy Policy, Vol. 37, Issue 11, Nov 2009, 4208-4219

Dhakal, Shobhakar, Leticia Guimaraes, Stephen Hammer, Stephen Kenihan, Lily Parshall, Matthias Ruth, Niels Shulz, and Wayne Wescott (2008) Energy use in cities. In World Energy Outlook 2008:179-193. Paris: International Energy Agency. Download full Outlook.

Dhakal, Shobhakar (2008) Creating an Urban Movement for Sustainable Living, Global Asia, Vol. 3, No. 3, 16-20


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The Global Carbon Project launched the Urban and Regional Carbon Management (URCM) Initiative in 2005. URCM is a place-based and policy-relevant scientific initiative aimed to support carbon management and sustainable urban development. The first international conference of URCM entitled First International Conference on Carbon Management at Urban and Regional Levels was held from 4-8 September 2006 in Mexico City. The conference has given GCP the mandate to coordinate and develop this important area.

GCP is one of the joint projects of the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).


March 12-13, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand
GCP in association with its partners is co-organizing the workshop on "Climate Compatible Urban Development: Towards developing assessment framework for cities". The workshop addresses among other questions what are the potential quantitative and qualitative sets of indicators that allow assessment of (a) climate compatible urban development or (b) the climate compatible urban development pathways over time? Read more in the workshop agenda.

March 1-2, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan:
GCP together with NIES is organizing the workshop entitled "Water-Energy-Carbon Nexus in Cities: Drivers, footprints, and implications". The aims of the event are to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the water-energy-carbon nexus in cities and to facilitate interactions amongst key scholars and build a network with emphasis on Asian cities

March 10-11, 2011 in Vienna, Austria:
GCP together with IIASA, PIK and NIES has organized an international workshop on the topic "Urban Energy and Carbon Modeling in a Rapidly Urbanizing World"

November 29, 2010 in Tsukuba, Japan:
GCP Seminar where Prof. Sudhakar Yedla of Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research (IGIDR) of Mumbai will gave a talk entitled: "Urban Energy and Carbon Intensity in India and Its Determinants – A Household Level Analysis".

November 7-9, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan:
GCP is supporting ISIE Asia-Pacific Meeting and ISIE MFA-ConAccount Meeting (7-9 November 2010, Tokyo) and organizing three sessions on urban metabolism, one each day of the conference, see program at (http://www.isieapmfa.info/page/program. html), in order to assist the research community in addressing the urban metabolism and carbon management linkages.

November 1-3, 2010 in Yokohama, Japan:
Early career researchers from the Asia-Pacific had the opportunity to participate in a capacity building workshop entitled "Carbon Governance in Asia: Bridging Scales and Disciplines". The event was co-organized by GCP's URCM initiative, Earth System Governance and UNU-IAS.

June 4, 2010 in Tsukuba, Japan:
GCP URCM Seminar with two guest speakers: Dr. Diptiranjan Mahaptra and Prof. Ram Manohar Shrestha

November 26, 2009 in Tsukuba, Japan:
GCP Seminar where Prof. Arnulf Grubler, of IIASA and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, gave a talk entitled: The Global Energy Assessment: Energy and Urbanization and Implications for Integrated Assessment.

November 16, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan:
International Symposium: Cities and Carbon Management: Towards Enhancing Science-Policy Linkages

February 17-18, 2009 in Nagoya, Japan:
International Workshop: Towards Low Carbon Cities: Understanding and Analyzing Urban Energy and Carbon

February 16, 2009 in Nagoya, Japan:
International Symposium: Realizing Low Carbon Cities: Bridging Science and Policy

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Last Update: 13 March 2013

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