Delivering a low-carbon community in China: Technology vs. strategy?

Xiaoling Zhang, Qiping Shen, Jingjun Feng, Yuzhe Wu

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Delivering low-carbon communities requires an understanding of community practices and technologies, strategies and constraints associated with and accessed by communities. However, little research to date has investigated the application of green technologies as well as green strategies in achieving low-carbon communities. This paper first reviewed low-carbon technologies and strategies in the previous literatures and then examines how these technologies and strategies are addressed in two ongoing low-carbon communities. By comparing the differences of adopting various low-carbon technologies and strategies in the two cases, it is found that green strategies are not as valued as green technologies in the current stage of low-carbon communities in China. The ten One Planet Living principles are not fully considered and comprehensively implemented, and there is also lack of a clear and harmonious inter-sector working mechanism within and between energy, transport, waste management and water management sectors. Recommendations are proposed to provide a vehicle for a more effective and efficient use of green technologies as well as green strategies to reduce carbon emissions in low-carbon communities. Research findings in the study may therefore provide valuable references to guide low-carbon community development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-137
Number of pages8
JournalHabitat International
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Green strategy
  • Green technology
  • Low-carbon community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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