Climate Change Research ›› 2013, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (5): 335-340.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1673-1719.2013.05.004

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Discussion of Four Issues About Inventorying Urban Greenhouse Gas Emissions in China

Bai Weiguo1, Zhuang Guiyang1, Zhu Shouxian1, Liu Derun2   

  1. 1 Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 100005, China; 
    2 Development and Exchange Center of Science and Technology Popularization of Guangyuan, Guangyuan 628017, China
  • Received:2013-01-29 Revised:2013-04-02 Online:2013-09-30 Published:2013-09-30
  • Contact: Wei-Guo BAI

Abstract: Based on researches of municipal greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories in China, the paper discussed four key issues: allocation of GHG emissions, inventory framework, inventory border, and inventory scope. This paper comes to four conclusions: according to the characteristics of vertical administration in China, municipal GHG inventory should be consistent with provincial GHG inventory in methodology and comparable with foreign cities; in the light of the characteristics of urban GHG emissions, the framework of inventory method and process of three types (city, central city area, and town) should be established; the inventory border should be defined in accordance with the administrative jurisdiction, which is conducive both to the local government’s overall effective control and jurisdiction of GHG emissions, and to the target decomposition and assessment; the inventory should cover direct emissions and indirect emissions, helping to highlight urban GHG emissions characteristics and to achieve comparison between Chinese and international cities.

Key words: city, GHG inventory, allocation of GHG emissions, inventory framework, inventory border, inventory scope

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