On June 5, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) and Innovative Green Development Program (iGDP) co-hosted the "Low Carbon City Tools Workshop" in Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture. The workshop is supported by U.S. Department of Energy and the Energy Foundation China, and it gathered more than 50 low-carbon city researchers from research institutions, universities and private companies in China. The training workshop introduced four Berkeley Lab-developed low carbon city tools: BEST Cities, GREAT, ELITE, and URBAN-RAM. Lynn PRICE, Acting Division Director for the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division and Strategic Advisor for the China Energy Group, gave opening remarks on behalf of DOE and State Department to welcome participating researchers to the workshop. Nan ZHOU, leader of the China Energy Group, introduced low-carbon city work conducted by China Energy Group in the past. Jingjing ZHANG, a postdoc at Berkeley Lab, introduced the purposes, methodologies, as well as functionalities of each tool. Li YANG from iGDP discussed their recent experiences conducting low carbon city tool research using Berkeley Lab's tools. Towards the end of the workshop, participants shared their own experiences and feedback in a lively open discussion on low carbon city research. This workshop also provided an opportunity for researchers to participate in Berkeley Lab's survey on potential functionality improvements for enhancing existing low carbon city tools.
The workshop was very well received by participants, who found the workshop very helpful to supporting their continued low carbon city research. Researchers from China's Energy Research Institute found this type of training to be very helpful and important for building up local researchers' capacity to assist cities with achieving their energy and environmental goals. China Academy of Science researchers also expressed their strong interest in applying these tools in analyzing city peaking targets and policies in their future research CEG staff not only trained additional 50+ researchers to use Berkeley Lab’s low carbon city tools, but also explored collaboration opportunities with various research organizations. Participants came from more than 10 cities throughout China, including Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Nanjing. Participants are expected to use the tools developed by Berkeley Lab to support their local city governments' low carbon city research, such as developing early CO2 peaking pathways. This workshop represents one of the ways that Berkeley Lab is engaging with China to conduct low carbon city research and receive feedback for the future tool development.