Sino-Swiss Low Carbon Cities Project (SSLCC)

Projet terminé

The project will contribute to the efforts made by Chinese Metropolitan Areas to reduce the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) intensity of their development through innovation and good practices from Switzerland. GHG sets in motion potentially irreversible effects including the rise of sea levels, drought or ice melting that put particular pressure on poor segments of societies worldwide. Nowadays, about 75% of GHG are emitted in urban housing, living and income generating activities. China is accountable for about 25% of the global GHG emissions.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Changement climatique & environnement
Protection de la biosphère
Politique de l’environnement
01.03.2015 - 31.12.2019
CHF 6'930'000

Today, 54% of the world’s population already lives in urban areas. Urban activities release greenhouse gases (GHG) that drive global climate change. Cities nowadays emit around 75% of global GHG emissions – with an increasing trend predicted. Cities also are potential hot spots of vulnerability to climate change impacts by virtue of their high concentration of people and assets.

China has recently undergone globally unprecedented and still ongoing urbanisation. China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) strongly asks for low carbon, sustainable urban development. Also, China has shown in the last two years a more responsible attitude in the international debate on climate change; it also submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC in Paris (2015).


The project responds to the obvious lack of experience for low carbon urban development in China, and aims to enhance the capacities and policies for sustainable urbanisation in China, in integrating low carbon strategies and contributing to climate change mitigation.

Groupes cibles

Primarily, decision makers and experts at the municipal and national governments and associated agencies will benefit from knowledge exchange, learnings and better implementation options. The benefits for millions of the city dwellers range from more sustainable environment, better air quality and healthier living conditions.

Note: Any costs for travel and accommodation for visits of Chinese officials to Switzerland will be borne by Chinese partners and not by SDC.

Effets à moyen terme
  • Low carbon strategic policy initiatives and implementation schemes on innovation and comprehensive planning are in the process of implementation in selected smart industrial zones of each pilot city in accordance with the New Type Urbanization Plan (enacted by the State Council in 2014) and corresponding collaborations with Swiss competence centers is well functioning
  • Knowledge and technology information sharing mechanism has been established through exchanges between political leaders and municipal development experts (study tours, workshops, trainings, platforms etc.). Common understanding about possible urban and municipal low carbon development approaches has been reached at city level
  • Low carbon city development and more comprehensive innovation management of low carbon industrial transformation have been debated at city level. Integration into municipal policy making has started
Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Institution universitaire et de recherche étrangère
Secteur privé
Institution étatique étrangère
Institution étatique en Suisse
  • National State Institute SWISS
  • Sectreur privé étranger Sud/Est
  • Secteur privé suisse
  • Research Organisation of South East
  • Sub-National State SouthEast

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   6'930'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   5'024'205
Phases du projet

Phase 1 01.03.2015 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)