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Virtual Technical Deep Dive: Low Carbon Climate-Smart Cities

March 14-18, 2022

Tokyo, Japan

  • The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) in collaboration with the World Bank’s Sustainable City Infrastructure and Services Global Solutions Group (GSG), the Climate-Smart Cities Community of Practice (CoP), the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC), and the City Climate Finance Gap Fund (Gap Fund), organized a virtual Technical Deep Dive (TDD) on Low Carbon Climate-Smart Cities from March 14 to 18, 2022

    The TDD provided the opportunity for World Bank client country participants to develop a deeper understanding of how cities can transition to low carbon development and climate-smart urbanization pathways. In particular, it explored the key challenges and opportunities in relation to urban mitigation strategies and tools and the planning and financing of low-carbon and sustainable urban development. The program showcased the experiences of cities in Japan and around the globe in applying cutting-edge policies and practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

  • Day 1

    • Welcome and TDD Objectives
    • Framing Presentation
    • Intro to Action Planning & TDLC Operational Support
    • Introduction to Trust Fund Programs
    • Client Challenge Presentations

    Day 2

    Theme: The role of cities in achieving ambitious mitigation targets

    • Thematic Session 1: Paris Agreement, Glasgow Outcomes – Implications for Local Governments
    • Japan’s Approach Towards Creating a Low Carbon Society
    • Japan Case 1: Kyoto – From the Kyoto Protocol to 2050 Carbon Neutrality
    • International Case 1: Experiences from Cape Town and Chinese Cities

    Day 3

    Theme: Planning for climate action in cities

    • Thematic Session 2: Tools to Support Cities in Low Carbon City Planning
    • International Case 2: Ekurhuleni’s Experience Using APEX
    • Japan Case 2: Strategy for and Implementation of Zero Carbon Yokohama
    • International Case 3:  Indonesian City’s Experience Using Urban Performance

    Day 4

    Theme: Developing and financing low carbon city investments

    • Thematic Session 3: Developing Low Carbon Investment Plans and Financing
    • International Case 4: Turkey’s Experience in Low Carbon Capital Investment Planning
    • Japan Case Study 3: Promoting Low Carbon Investments in Kyoto and Yokohama
    • International Case 5: Addis Ababa’s Experience in Adopting Climate-smart Solutions for Expanding Urban Infrastructure Services and Managing Urban Growth

    Day 5

    • Action Plan Presentations
    • Next Steps & Closing Remarks

    *Key agenda items only.

  • Home to more than half of the world’s population, cities generate three-quarters of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally. Around the world, cities, countries, and regions have explored various initiatives to raise awareness and engagement among all actors to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. However, there is still much to be done in the global effort to break organizational silos and harness cross-sectoral and cross-governmental collaboration to accelerate the development of low-carbon cities.

    Cities can and do play a pivotal role in promoting low-carbon and resilient urban development but they share a common challenge: The need to create an approach that reflects their city’s unique circumstances and characteristics. Cities need to understand what a low-carbon society means to them, be exposed to global best practices in mitigating and adapting to climate change, and formulate and implement tailored plans and policies.

    On the Open Day of our TDD, we explored the theme of “the role of cities in achieving ambitious mitigation targets.” Please watch the recorded sessions from the link below.


    Date/Time: 8:00 pm–9:30 pm (JST), Tuesday, March 15, 2022


    Thematic Session 1: Paris Agreement, Glasgow Outcomes – Implications for Local Governments

    This session provided an overview of the global climate regime, national commitments, and the implications for the transition to net zero emissions.


    Jacob Werksman
    Principal Adviser, DG-CLIMA, European Commission

    Joanna Masic
    Lead Urban Specialist, World Bank

    Japan’s Approach for a Decarbonized Society

    This session introduced the key policies and strategies for achieving zero carbon cities in Japan. It also outlined how roles and responsibilities are distributed among the key players (e.g., national and municipal governments) in designing and implementing climate change policies and programs.


    Kentaro Takahashi
    Deputy Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

    Barjor Mehta
    Lead Urban Specialist, World Bank


    Japan Case 1: Kyoto – From the Kyoto Protocol to 2050 Carbon Neutrality

    This session provided an overview of Kyoto’s climate action since COP3 and showcase the city’s climate change countermeasures.


    Hirofumi Yano
    Director of “DO YOU KYOTO?” Kyoto City Government

    Kentaro Takahashi
    Deputy Director, IGES

    *In no particular order. 


Event Details

  • Date/Time: Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18, 2022
  • Venue: Online
  • Language: English
  • CONTACT: Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)