Skip to main content

China's Sustainability Transitions

Low Carbon and Climate-Resilient Plan for Carbon Neutral 2060

  • Book
  • © 2021


  • Covers the history of China's low carbon development and direction of future decarbonization efforts
  • Deals with achieving carbon neutrality while ensuring normal development, by urban innovation and transition
  • Brings together a large number of low carbon strategies and practices in response to climate change in China and globe

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this book

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as EPUB and PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Other ways to access

Licence this eBook for your library

Institutional subscriptions

Table of contents (12 chapters)


About this book

This book considers the impact of global climate change, advocating to promote sustainable development from the perspective of low carbon and climate resilience, by reducing carbon emissions in different aspects of urban and regional development. As the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide, China is continuously exploring a sustainable path to achieve the momentous goal of 2060 carbon neutrality. In addition, this book reviews and summarizes China's green development and predicts the transformation of China's carbon emission and energy structure before and after the peak of carbon emission in 2030. It examines the role of governance in decarbonization efforts, focusing on decision making processes, policies and regulations, as well as the significance of regions, cities, and communities. This book highlights typical methods of implementing and achieving low carbon development in light of China's practical situation, which helps to resolve some of the problems that may arise in achieving the carbon neutral goal. Therefore, this book is suitable for the reference of scholars in low-carbon environment science, sustainable urban development, and other related fields. It also provides inspiration for China's medium and long-term sustainable development plans in the future.

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China

    Ali Cheshmehzangi, Hengcai Chen

About the authors


Ali Cheshmehzangi is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design with a Ph.D. Degree in Architecture and Urban Design, a Master’s Degree (M.Arch.) in Urban Design, a Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Architecture, and a Bachelor Degree (B.A. Hons.) in Architecture. He is an urbanist and urban designer by profession and by heart. He studies cities and city transitions, sustainable urbanism, and integrated urban design strategies. Ali is Head of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET), and Director of Urban Innovation Lab at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). He is also a Specially-Appointed Professor at Hiroshima University, Japan. Currently, he works on two research projects on ‘Integrated Urban Modelling Framework’, and ‘ICT-based smart technologies for resilient cities’. Some of his previous projects are: ‘smart eco-cities in China and Europe’, ‘low-carbon town planning in China’, ‘green infrastructure of cities’, ‘nature-based solutions in China’, ‘toolkit for resilient cities’, ‘sponge city program’ and ‘green development in China’, ‘low carbon and climate-resilient planning’, and other urban transition studies. So far, Ali has +95 published journal papers and seven other published books. His books are titled ‘Designing Cooler Cities’ (2017), the award-winning ‘Eco-development in China’ (2018), ‘Sustainable Urban Development in the Age of Climate Change’ (2019), ‘Identity of Cities and City of Identities’ (2020), ‘The City in Need’ (2020), ‘Urban Memory in City Transitions’ (2021), and ‘Sustainable Urbanism in China’ (2021). He is currently editing a volume on ‘Green Infrastructure in Chinese Cities’.

Hengcai CHEN

Hengcai Chen is a Research Associate in Urban Studies at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). He obtained a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Urban & Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Urban & Rural Planning from Xiamen University and Fuzhou University, Fujian, China, respectively. He is an enthusiastic and passionate urban planner who is keen to explore new ideas in urban-related research. So far, his research interest in centered on overarching areas of urban sustainability and low-carbon city. Hengcai is currently engaged in several urban-related research studies while preparing to continue his further education at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. His goal is to continue research on urban sustainability studies, especially in the context of China.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: China's Sustainability Transitions

  • Book Subtitle: Low Carbon and Climate-Resilient Plan for Carbon Neutral 2060

  • Authors: Ali Cheshmehzangi, Hengcai Chen

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-2620-3Published: 27 May 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-16-2623-4Published: 28 May 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-2621-0Published: 26 May 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 215

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Sustainable Development, Human Geography, Environmental Policy, Sociology, general

Publish with us