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Title: Delivering a low-carbon community in China : technology vs. strategy?
Authors: Zhang, X
Shen, GQP 
Feng, J
Wu, Y
Keywords: Low-carbon community
Green technology
Green strategy
Issue Date: Jan-2013
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Habitat international, Jan. 2013, v. 37, p. 130-137 How to cite?
Journal: Habitat international 
Abstract: Delivering low-carbon communities requires an understanding of community practices and technologies, strategies and constraints associated with and accessed by communities. However, little research to date has investigated the application of green technologies as well as green strategies in achieving low-carbon communities. This paper first reviewed low-carbon technologies and strategies in the previous literatures and then examines how these technologies and strategies are addressed in two ongoing low-carbon communities. By comparing the differences of adopting various low-carbon technologies and strategies in the two cases, it is found that green strategies are not as valued as green technologies in the current stage of low-carbon communities in China. The ten One Planet Living principles are not fully considered and comprehensively implemented, and there is also lack of a clear and harmonious inter-sector working mechanism within and between energy, transport, waste management and water management sectors. Recommendations are proposed to provide a vehicle for a more effective and efficient use of green technologies as well as green strategies to reduce carbon emissions in low-carbon communities. Research findings in the study may therefore provide valuable references to guide low-carbon community development.
ISSN: 0197-3975
EISSN: 1873-5428
DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2011.12.010
Rights: © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Habitat International. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Habitat International, vol. 37, Jan 2013, DOI 10.1016/j.habitatint.2011.12.010
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