Research workshop in Beijing on cities, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions

On November 15 and 16, 2018 Professor Peter Marcotullio, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College, and George Golub, MA Geography candidate, participated in a research workshop in Beijing, China for the project Tracking Influences of Asian Urban GHG Emissions for Sustainability Policies: Identifying Low Carbon Pathways to Meet the Paris Agreement. The meeting was supported by the Asia Pacific Network on Global Change Research (APN) and hosted by the Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Workshop participants included researchers from Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; Bangkok, Thailand; and New York City, USA.

The workshop goals were to identify methods by which energy use and greenhouse gas emissions could be estimated at higher resolution than the urban scale. Participants presented research to date on their respective cities. Professor Marcotullio presented an example of student research by Nicholas Rio of Columbia University, an estimation of residential energy use in the New York City metropolitan area at the census track level. George Golub of Hunter College presented his research, an estimation of on-road transportation energy use in New York State at the county level. George intends to continue the analysis to estimate energy use and GHG emissions at the census tract level in New York City for his MA thesis.

The research workshop in Beijing was the second meeting for the project, and was preceded by a 2017 kickoff meeting in Taipei, Taiwan. A third meeting will be held in Tokyo, Japan in 2019 to present findings and outline further research to understand energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in cities at high resolution.



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