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

When

Apr 23-24, 2018

Time

09:00 AM

Where

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

The Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, or GPSC (www.thegpsc.org), 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. 

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Agenda

Day 1 – April 23

 

8.30 – 9:00

Registration

I. Opening of the Expert Meeting

9:00 – 9:15

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

9:15 – 10:45

Purpose and Background: GPSC’s Promotion of Sustainable Urban Planning Strategies

  • Ms. Xueman Wang, GPSC Program Coordinator and Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank

Overview of the Existing Tools

  • Ms. Anu Ramaswami, Professor and Charles M. Denny, Jr., Chair of Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Director, Sustainable Healthy Cities Network

Discussion

10:45 – 11:15

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.

11:15 – 12:30

Measuring the Effect of Integrated Urban Strategies on GHG Emissions

Moderator: Mr. Shagun Mehrotra, Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank

1. CityDNA: Measuring Urban Form/ Street Space and the Effect on Emissions in China

  • Mr. Jiang Yang, Program Director, China Sustainable Transport Center

2. Measuring TOD’s Impact on Emissions: An Approach Adopted by Seven Chinese GPSC Cities for Global Environment Facility (GEF) Reporting

  • Ms. Yan Li, Infrastructure Economist, World Bank

Discussion

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 15:30

Urban Growth Scenario Modeling for GHGs

Moderator:  Mr. Marlon Boarnet, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Discussant: Ms. Yuan Xiao, Urban Development Specialist, World Bank

1. Rapid Fire/ Urban Footprint: Scenario Modeling for Chongqing, China, Mexico City and California (Calthorpe Associates)

  • Ms. Erika Lew, Project Manager, Calthorpe Analytics

2. Urban Growth Scenario Modeling for Cities in Jordan

  • Mr. Ricardo Ochoa Sosa, Director of Urban Studies, CAPSUS (webex)

3. Discussion

15:30 – 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:30

Other Analytical and Modeling Tools for GHGs

Moderator:  Mr. Marlon Boarnet, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

1. City Performance Tool (CyPT): Case Studies

  • Ms. Noorie Rajvanshi, Cities Center of Competence, Urban Development, Siemens Healthineers

2. Climate Action for Urban Sustainability (CURB)

  • Ms. Silpa Kaza, Urban Development Specialist, World Bank (webex)

3. Mapping Analytical and Modeling Tools for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Implementation

  •  Mr. Suphachol Suphachalasai, Environmental Economist, World Bank

4. Discussion

17:30

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 and for development projects, with a focus on elaborating how they work and the benefits that cities can derive through this process to achieve their GHG emissions reduction targets.

9:00 – 11:00

Assessing the Impact of Technology, Data, and Policy Packages on GHGs

Moderator: Ms. Anu Ramaswami, Professor and Charles M. Denny, Jr., Chair of Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Director, Sustainable Healthy Cities Network

1. Carbonn Climate Registry and ClearPath Integration for GHG Inventories Reporting and Development/ City Climate Planner

  • Mr. Cesar Carreño Chasin, Senior Project Officer, Low Carbon Cities, ICLEI

2. Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning

  • Mr. Robert Kehew, Leader, Climate Change Planning Unit, Urban Planning and Design Branch, UN-HABITAT

3. Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN): Building Capacity for Cities to Lower GHG Emissions

  • Mr. Federico Villatico Campbells, Senior Manager, CTCN Secretariat

4. Discussion

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30

Panel Discussion: GHG Accounting and Reporting for Cities and Development Projects

Moderator: Mr. Nigel Jollands, Associate Director, Policy and Climate Finance, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Discussant: Ms. Anu Ramaswami, Professor and Charles M. Denny, Jr., Chair of Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Director, Sustainable Healthy Cities Network

1. GEF GHG Accounting Standard and Approach to Urban Development

  • Ms. Xiaomei Tan, Senior Climate Change Specialist, GEF

2. World Bank GHG Accounting Guidance

  • Ms. Anne Schopp, Environmental Economist, World Bank

3. Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC)

  • Mr. Wee Kean Fong, Senior Associate, WRI

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

V. GPSC Technical Note Review and Consultation

A draft GPSC technical note, “Tools for Measuring the Impact of Integrated Urban Sustainable Planning on GHG Emissions”, will be shared with participants prior to the session for review and discussion. Feedback and comments provided in this session will help the team to further enhance the contents and improve the uptake of this research.

13:30 – 15:30

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

Moderator: Ms. Xueman Wang, GPSC Program Coordinator and Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank

Feedback on the Draft Technical Note

15:30 – 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:15

Next Steps and Wrap Up

  • Ms. Qiyang Xu, GPSC Team

16:15

End of the Expert Meeting

 
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