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Asian Development Bank

50 climate solutions from cities in the People's Republic of China


Wuhan has set a goal to peak emissions ahead of the PRC targets, and has placed a strong emphasis on education and management of schools to create a generational shift in carbon emissions.

The PRC megacity of Wuhan has committed to reach its carbon emissions peak around 2022. The model-based action plan established yearly carbon emission goals by district and industry across the city, and received inputs from businesses and citizens during the drafting process.


Schools are seen to be a key focus area for Wuhan, which has established a set of low-carbon management and education principles suited for middle and primary schools. This strategy is the first of its kind in the PRC, and will foster awareness of a low-carbon life and society, and help students understand what steps are being taken in response to climate change in their city and why. The city hopes that, with teachers and students as knowledge brokers, awareness among the general public will also increase.

Wuhan is home to more than 10 million people, and faces a huge challenge to decouple growth from carbon emissions (photo by Lie Wu).

The Challenge

Wuhan, the largest city in the central PRC, is growing rapidly. Building sustainability into future economic growth plans is a challenge for many cities, and Wuhan is demonstrating how more ambitious strategies can be put in place.


Economic  Based on the current carbon price, Wuhan will save around CNY2,500 billion by 2022 with carbon emissions reductions.

Environment  Reducing emissions associated with polluting transport and coal burning will also improve air quality and save an estimated 50,000 lives by 2022.

Health Including schools as a main pillar of the low-carbon strategy recognizes the intergenerational nature of climate change, as it is the next generation who need to live radically diœerent lifestyles to achieve carbon emissions reduction goals.