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International Symposium on Urban Energy and Carbon Management: Challenges for Science and Policy and International Workshop on Urban Energy and Carbon Modeling

Urban Energy and Climate Modeling Forum formed

The Global Carbon Project (GCP), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) jointly organized International Symposium on “Urban Energy and Carbon Management: Challenges for Science and Policy” on February 4, 2008 and International Workshop on “Urban Energy and Carbon Modeling” on February 5-6, 2008 at AIT Center. The symposium aimed to clarify scientific and policy issues surrounding urban energy and carbon management and to create a better linkage between science and policy. The symposium was attended by more than 45 prominent researchers from 12 countries representing key institutions from USA, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia including people from policy communities such as UNEP, UNESCAP and International Council for Local Environmental Initiative (ICLEI).

The workshop on February 5-6 discussed methodological approaches, data availability issues, energy & carbon modeling techniques and presented the urban energy and carbon modeling of 14 key cities including 12 leading world mega-cities. The workshop was attended by 35 experts from prominent research and academic institutions from 12 countries working on urban energy and carbon. The events decided to establish Urban Energy and Climate Modeling Forum, and further discussed concrete research collaboration opportunities, ways to bridge data gaps and to make publications in established international journals to enhance the state of knowledge in the area of urban energy and carbon management.


Shobhakar Dhakal, Global Carbon Project