The Second Edition: Urban Planning Pathways to Carbon Neutrality

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Land–Climate Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 July 2024 | Viewed by 216

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Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a Special Issue of Land titled “The Second Edition: Urban Planning Pathways to Carbon Neutrality”.

Carbon emissions have been recognized as the greatest known contributor to global climate change, and the goal of carbon neutrality has been proposed in an effort to slow global warming. Approximately 75% of global carbon emissions are generated in urban areas, which encompass only 2% of the world’s land territory. However, studying urban carbon emissions can provide important ideas for low-carbon urban development and carbon neutrality. Urban spatial planning is an important tool for the construction of national spatial governance systems and ecological civilizations. Its comprehensive planning and control can help to enhance ecological carbon sink and peak carbon emissions in many areas, such as industry, transportation, energy, and architecture, and to build carbon-neutral cities on the basis of both carbon emission reduction and carbon sink increase. Therefore, carbon-neutral city construction can make use of urban spatial planning, integrate low-carbon planning concepts and carbon emission control measures into the planning, accurately identify and manage energy carbon emission projects, promote urban production and life carbon peak, and increase the “green carbon sink” and “blue carbon sink”.

In this Special Issue, we are interested in contributions that link urban planning pathways to carbon neutrality, through either empirical research or conceptual/theoretical works, examining key processes including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Urban land use change and carbon emissions;
  • Urban spatial layout optimization and carbon neutrality;
  • Green transportation systems and carbon neutrality;
  • Urban carbon metabolism;
  • Urban ecosystems and carbon sequestration;
  • Low-carbon energy infrastructure construction;
  • Industrial transformation and low-carbon technology.

Prof. Dr. Yan Li
Guest Editor

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  • urban spatial planning
  • carbon emission
  • carbon neutrality
  • spatial layout optimization
  • green transportation systems
  • green infrastructure

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