GPSC Expert Meeting: Measuring the Impact of Urban Planning Strategies on GHG Emissions


Apr 23-24, 2018


09:00 AM


The World Bank, Washington D.C., USA F Building (2121 Pennsylvania Ave NW), L-103

The Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, or GPSC (, promotes an integrated approach to sustainable urban planning and strategic growth. For example, transit-oriented development (TOD) – which many GPSC cities have included in their project activities – incorporates good examples of integrating land use, urban transport, urban design, and zoning to maximize the economic value of infrastructure investment while achieving low-carbon goals. However, a challenge facing many cities is how the impacts of such integrated urban planning can be measured in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

This meeting of experts will focus on “Measuring the Impact of Urban Planning Strategies on GHG Emissions” and take place in Washington, D.C. on 23–24 April 2018. The gathering will bring together technical experts with urban and GHG practitioners to:

  • Identify relevant existing tools that have been used for measuring GHGs at the city level, with the focus being on urban planning (such as comparing cities’ urban growth forecasts and assessing the expected GHG impact of each scenario and the applicable policy package); and
  • Discuss the pros and cons of the tools and the suitability of their use by GPSC cities.

The conclusions of the Expert Meeting will be valuable to help GPSC select and streamline the most relevant tools so they can be made available for use by participating GPSC cities. 


Draft Agenda

Day 1 – April 23


8.30 – 9:00


I. Opening of the Expert Meeting


Introduction of Meeting Participants (tour de table)

Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Sameh Wahba, Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank

II. Overview: Assessing the Impact of Urban Policies, Growth, and

Integrated Planning Strategies for GHG Emission Reductions


  • Purpose and Background: GPSC’s Promotion of Sustainable Urban Planning Strategies
  • Overview of the Existing Tools
  • Discussion


Coffee Break

III. Tools for Assessing Integrated Urban Planning’s Effect on GHGs

Relevant tools and case studies will be presented. Participants are invited to comment on the pros and cons, and the suitability of the sustainability tools for GPSC purposes.


Measuring the Effect of Integrated Urban Strategies on GHG Emissions

  • Measuring GHG impact on the plans for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) – an approach adopted by seven Chinese GPSC cities for Global Environment Facility (GEF) reporting
  • Case of Low Carbon City – Jinan, China: GHG impact of integrated approach to land use, urban form, mobility and spatial strategy (Jiang Yang, China Sustainable Transport Center)
  • Discussion




Urban Growth Scenario Modeling for GHGs

  • Scenario Modeling for Cities in Jordan
  • Rapid Fire/ Urban Footprint: Scenario Modeling for Chongqing, China, Mexico City and California (Calthorpe Associates)
  • Compact of Mayors Emissions Scenario Model (WRI)
  • Discussion


Coffee Break


Assessing the Impact of Policy Packages and Technology on GHGs

  • Climate Action for Urban Sustainability (CURB, World Bank & C40)/ City Climate Planner: Case studies
  • City Performance Tool (Siemens): Case studies
  • Discussion


Wrap Up of Day 1


 Day 2 – April 24

IV. Accounting and Reporting City GHG Inventories

In this session, experts will share the information on approaches and standards used for accounting, reporting, and tracking GHG inventories at the city level, with a focus on elaborating how they work and the benefits that cities can derive through this process to achieve their GHG emissions reduction target.


  • Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC)
  • GEF GHG Accounting Standard and Approach
  • Assessing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and the Relevance to City Actions for GHG Impact
  • Discussion


Coffee Break


Discussion: Tools for Measuring the Impact of Integrated Urban Sustainable Planning on GHG Emissions


Next Steps and Wrap Up


End of the Expert Meeting

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