Associate Professor Stephanie Ohshita Co-Authors Chapter on Low Carbon Cities
Associate Professor Stephanie Ohshita co-authored a book chapter titled “Low Carbon Development for Cities: Methods and Measures.” This chapter will appear in the volume ‘Sustainability of Energy Systems’ in the Handbook of Clean Energy Systems.
Here is the information about the publication:
Ohshita, S.B., N. Zhou, L. Price, D. Fridley, N. Zheng Kanna, LX. Hong, HY. Lu, C. Fino-Chen, G. He. (2014, accepted, in press). “Low Carbon Development for Cities: Methods and Measures.” Chapter in Vol. 6 ‘Sustainability of Energy Systems’ in the Handbook of Clean Energy Systems. Wiley.
Cities consume more than 60 percent of global energy, and that share is rising with the rapid rate of urbanization. With cities playing a crucial role in sustainable energy and climate systems, this chapter examines emerging efforts by cities around the world to shift to a development pattern with less energy and less carbon. We review metrics that define a low carbon city and present key steps in low carbon development. We examine city-level inventory methods and target setting. Much of the chapter is devoted to examples of policy measures that cities are pursuing to save energy and carbon, from net-zero buildings and 20-minute neighborhoods, to distributed and renewable urban energy supply.