This book explores the relationship between urban form and greenhouse gas emissions in China, providing new insights for policy, urban planning and management.

Drawing on the results of a four-year multidisciplinary research project, the book examines how factors such as urban households’ access to services and jobs, land use mixes and provision of public transport impact on greenhouse gas emissions. The authors analyse data from a wide range of sources including 4677 sample households from four major Chinese cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Xi’an – with diverse locations, urban spatial structures and population sizes. The book explores residents’ attitudes to reducing GHG emissions and advances knowledge relating to three environmental scales – cross-metropolitan, intra-city and neighbourhood level. It also contributes to debates on low carbon policy by revealing the relevance of urban planning parameters at both the macro and micro levels.

The book will be of interest to scholars in the areas of urban planning, urban management, environmental sustainability and resource utilisation, as well as urban policy makers and planners who are working toward developing low carbon, sustainable cities of the future.

chapter 1|20 pages


Urban form and household carbon emissions
ByHan Sun Sheng, Ray Green, Mark Y. Wang

chapter 2|30 pages

Low carbon policies and programs in China

ByKevin Lo, Mark Y. Wang

chapter 3|25 pages

Low carbon city development in China

ByKevin Lo, Mark Y. Wang, Bo Qin, Sun Sheng Han

chapter 4|25 pages

Urban form and household CO2 emissions

A four-city comparison
BySun Sheng Han

chapter 5|21 pages


ByBo Qin, Bin Qi

chapter 6|25 pages


ByJingnan Huang, Wei Ding, Jieyu Han

chapter 7|20 pages


ByYuanqing Wang, Yuanyuan Liu

chapter 8|19 pages


ByShangguang Yang, Chunlan Wang, Kevin O’Connor, Lin Liu

chapter 9|14 pages

Residents' suggestions for reducing GHG emissions in Xi'an and Wuhan

ByRay Green, Sun Sheng Han

chapter 10|8 pages


Towards low carbon cities
ByHan Sun Sheng, Mark Y. Wang, Ray Green