Environment and Sustainable Development

       The environment and sustainable development related researches focused on climate change policies, energy and carbon emission reduction, green economy. UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD) provides platform to establish close collaboration with UNEP. 


       Climate change and low carbon research


       Global climate change is one of the key challenges. As the largest energy consumption and carbon emission country, China is now seeking a low carbon development path for a more sustainable future of China and the whole world. Most of our studies focused on Shanghai because it is a pioneer in China in industrialization and transition. Based on the researches on carbon accounting and emission reduction policies, we have released a series of reports and books, such as: Carbon Emission Reduction in Shanghai: Responding to Climate Change Mitigation, Research on Low Carbon Planning of Shanghai Hongqiao Business District, Research on Carbon Accounting in Chongming Eco-Island; 2050 Energy Related Carbon Emissions in Shanghai.




       Despite continuing worldwide efforts on sustainable development, we are facing concurrent crises. Green Economy, put forward by UNEP in 2008, was recognized as “an important tool for achieving sustainable development” in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012. We have translated the UNEP report Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication, and the Chinese report has been released during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Since 2011, we have supported UNEP to conduct international evaluation of Chongming Eco-Island Construction and the report was released by UNEP in March 2014. Chongming was then studied as a typical case study of green economy with the support of Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality. Based on the theoretical researches and case studies, we cooperated with other nine international and domestic institutions and jointly compiled Green Economy: Theory, Methods and Cases from the United Nations’ Perspective to promote the green economy education. We have actively contributed to the IESD organized Planning for Greener Cities Workshop, which is aimed at south-south cooperation and global green economy transition. Prof. Fengting Li was honored with the UN prize “Special Contribution to South-South cooperation” due to his contribution to the China-Africa cooperation.