14 min

Vol 02 . The Peaking of Suzhou City’s Carbon Emission and the Low-carbon Pathway Toward 2050 REEI Energy and Climate Podcast

    • Politics

Hello! Welcome to REEI’s new episode of the Energy and Climate Podcast. In this episode, we bring you our commentary on the report : Optimisation of Suzhou’s Carbon Emissions Peak Roadmap and A Long-term Vision for 2050 that was jointly written by the World Resources Institute (WRI) China and the School of Environment at Nanjing University.
A brief introduction to Suzhou City: Suzhou is located near Shanghai, in the Yangtze River Delta, and famous for its classical Chinese gardens. The city lies between Shanghai and Lake Tai, which is the third largest freshwater lake in China.  Suzhou’s GDP in 2019 reached nearly two trillion Chinese Yuan, ranking sixth among all Chinese cities. Before its industrial transformation, the manufacturing sector had long been the major contributor to Suzhou’s GDP. Now, however, the major contributor to Suzhou’s GDP is the tertiary industry.

In the podcast we will discuss:
1). Will Suzhou’s industrial transformation have an impact on the city’s carbon emissions? Positive or negative? (01:51-02:09)
2). Why is Suzhou reducing its carbon emissions? Why does Suzhou want to peak its carbon emissions? (02:25-03:56)
3). An overview of the report by the WRI and Nanjing University (04:00-04:57)
4). What are the ‘2020 scenario’ and the ‘2050 vision’? What is the optimised approach for achieving the 2050 vision? (05:00-07:22)
5). The difference in carbon emissions between the scenarios in 2020 and 2050. (07:25-08:23)
6). What are the conclusions and the policy recommendations of the report? (08:35-10:20)
7). What are the limitations of the report? (10:30-11:20)
8). The performance of other cities that are of a similar-sized population, economy and similar industrial structure to Suzhou in reducing carbon emissions. What can they learn from Suzhou’s situation to reduce their own carbon emissions? (11:30-13:35)


We've been in contact with the authors with a few questions that hopes to be answered in our next episode, including: what’s the impact of COVID-19 on Suzhou’s carbon emissions? What would the role of carbon pricing be when Suzhou is decarbonizing? What is the relationship between Suzhou’s economic growth and carbon emission decoupling?. Please stay tuned. 

Hello! Welcome to REEI’s new episode of the Energy and Climate Podcast. In this episode, we bring you our commentary on the report : Optimisation of Suzhou’s Carbon Emissions Peak Roadmap and A Long-term Vision for 2050 that was jointly written by the World Resources Institute (WRI) China and the School of Environment at Nanjing University.
A brief introduction to Suzhou City: Suzhou is located near Shanghai, in the Yangtze River Delta, and famous for its classical Chinese gardens. The city lies between Shanghai and Lake Tai, which is the third largest freshwater lake in China.  Suzhou’s GDP in 2019 reached nearly two trillion Chinese Yuan, ranking sixth among all Chinese cities. Before its industrial transformation, the manufacturing sector had long been the major contributor to Suzhou’s GDP. Now, however, the major contributor to Suzhou’s GDP is the tertiary industry.

In the podcast we will discuss:
1). Will Suzhou’s industrial transformation have an impact on the city’s carbon emissions? Positive or negative? (01:51-02:09)
2). Why is Suzhou reducing its carbon emissions? Why does Suzhou want to peak its carbon emissions? (02:25-03:56)
3). An overview of the report by the WRI and Nanjing University (04:00-04:57)
4). What are the ‘2020 scenario’ and the ‘2050 vision’? What is the optimised approach for achieving the 2050 vision? (05:00-07:22)
5). The difference in carbon emissions between the scenarios in 2020 and 2050. (07:25-08:23)
6). What are the conclusions and the policy recommendations of the report? (08:35-10:20)
7). What are the limitations of the report? (10:30-11:20)
8). The performance of other cities that are of a similar-sized population, economy and similar industrial structure to Suzhou in reducing carbon emissions. What can they learn from Suzhou’s situation to reduce their own carbon emissions? (11:30-13:35)


We've been in contact with the authors with a few questions that hopes to be answered in our next episode, including: what’s the impact of COVID-19 on Suzhou’s carbon emissions? What would the role of carbon pricing be when Suzhou is decarbonizing? What is the relationship between Suzhou’s economic growth and carbon emission decoupling?. Please stay tuned. 

14 min