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GPSC Global Online Series: Achieving Net Zero Carbon Emissions - How Cities Are Preparing to Reach the Goal

"How Helsinki and Paris plan to go carbon neutral by 2035 and 2050, respectively; and the opportunities and challenges for Chinese and American cities in making the low carbon transition."

The Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) Online Series focuses on how cities can leverage the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented disruption to facilitate a green recovery and improve their long-term urban sustainability.

To limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, reaching net-zero emissions or carbon neutrality is essential. The EU has committed to carbon neutrality by 2050; China recently pledged to be carbon neutral by 2060. These goals require radical and transformational changes in their existing systems. More than 80% of global GDP is generated in cities, but cities also account for more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. To reach their targets, cities must lead the way in the transition to a climate-neutral economy.

This session explores how Helsinki and Paris plan to go carbon neutral by 2035 and 2050, respectively; and the opportunities and challenges for Chinese and American cities in making the low carbon transition.

About the Presenters

Ms. Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen

Director of Carbon Neutral Helsinki Program, City of Helsinki

Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen works as a Project Director for the Carbon Neutral Helsinki Programme for the City of Helsinki. She specializes in energy efficiency and energy management and has almost 20 years of energy and environmental policy experience in the industrial, NGO, and government sectors. She received a Master’s degree in Physics and is also a Qualified Specialist in both Management and in Sustainability and Environmental Technology.

Yann Francoise

Head of Climate, Energy and Circular Economy Strategies, Urban Ecology Agency, City of Paris

Yann Francoise is the Head of Climate at the Energy and Circular Economy Strategies, for the Urban Ecology Agency for the City of Paris. He is responsible for the energy strategy, the fight against climate change, and the circular economy of the City of Paris. An engineer in urban engineering by training, he has become over time a specialist in energy issues and the fight against climate change in major cities. Since the launch of the City of Paris Climate Energy Plan in 2005, he has been involved in its implementation and development with the objective of carbon neutrality in 2050.


Zou Ji

President, China Energy Foundation, China

Zou Ji is the President of the China Energy Foundation. He has years of experience in economics, energy, the environment, climate change, and policymaking. He is highly regarded in the climate and clean energy space. He previously served as the deputy director-general of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, under the government’s National Development and Reform Commission, focusing on China’s low-carbon development strategy and policy, and led international climate negotiations and collaborations.

Rushad Nanavatty

Senior Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute, United States

Rushad Nanavatty is a Senior Principal at the Rocky Mountain Institute. He leads Rocky Mountain Institute’s urban transformation work, currently focused on helping U.S. cities achieve their climate, sustainability, and clean energy goals. Rushad established the City Renewables Accelerator, an initiative of the American Cities Climate Challenge providing over 100 U.S. cities with technical assistance related to decarbonizing their electricity systems. Rushad has a Master’s degree in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Philosophy from St. Stephens College at the University of Delhi.

Xueman Wang

Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank

Xueman Wang is a Senior Urban Specialist, at theWorld Bank. She leads World Bank’s Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) and undertakes urban infrastructure lending programs in East Asia. She was a team leader for the World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness – a global program for supporting countries to prepare and implement carbon pricing. She was part of the core team for the World Bank flagship report 2010 World Development Report – “Development and Climate Change” and has recently led the reports such as “Urban Sustainability Framework”, “Chongqing 2035: Economic and Spatial Transformation for a Global City” and “Natural Asset and Biodiversity Valuation in Cities”.  

Bernice K. Van Bronkhorst

Global Director, Climate Change, Sustainable Development Global Practice, World Bank

Bernice K. Van Bronkhorst is a Global Director for Climate Change, Sustainable Development Global Practice at the World Bank. She has since held various positions, including as Sector/Practice Manager from 2012-2016 for the Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Unit in the South Asia Region and, most recently, as Practice Manager for Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management for East and Southern Africa in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience GP. At present, as a Global Director, Climate Change, she oversees the key strategic priorities and implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan, working closely with the Climate Change Management team and staff, other Global Practices, and internal and external clients.

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Zero carbon emission is necessary toward tackling climate change
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