China Urban Development Discussion Series: Challenges of Urban Energy Planning in China

March 14, 5:30-7 PM, Room 9-354 | Speaker: Stephen Hammer
Challenges of Urban Energy Planning in China | Discussant: Karen R Polenske

Dr. Stephen Hammer is a Lecturer in Energy Planning at MIT DUSP. Dr. Hammer also serves as co-Director of the Urban Climate Change Research Network, an international consortium of researchers focused on climate change science, mitigation, and adaptation at the urban scale. Prior to joining MIT, he taught at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where he founded and directed the Urban Energy Program.  Dr. Hammer consults internationally on urban energy and climate policy issues to a range of public, private, and NGO clients. He recently served as lead author on the OECD’s new report on urban green growth, and has supported OECD green growth research missions in the US and in China.  Dr. Hammer also served as an advisor to the World Bank on efforts to promote energy efficiency in developing country cities, including the development of the TRACE system (Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy). During 2009-2010, Dr. Hammer led the Energy Smart Cities Initiative, a Beijing-based program providing energy and climate policy training to more than 250 local government officials and state-owned enterprise managers from around China, a project carried out in collaboration with the National Training Center for Mayors of China. Dr. Hammer is a member of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Energy Policy Task Force, and serves as a reviewer for a variety of academic journals, including Local Environment and Energy Policy. Dr. Hammer holds a PhD degree from the London School of Economics, an MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.S. from the University of California at Davis.


In January 2012, China's urban population surpassed that of rural areas for the first time in the country's history. Rapid urbanization trends greatly exacerbate China's energy challenges. After a decades-long boom of economic growth, China has now become the world's largest energy consumer.  With an ambition to upgrade its economic structure and to respond to energy depletion and natural environment deterioration, China's central government has started initiating stricter requirements and restrictions on provincial and local governments in order to achieve energy conservation and emission reduction.  In the 12th five-year plan, China has mandated a 16% decrease of energy consumption per unit of GDP by 2015 from its 2010 level. Delivering this change won’t be easy, however, for a variety of institutional, market, and behavioral reasons.  Please join us in the lecture for more perspectives and insights on this topic.

China Urban Development Discussion Series in Spring 2012 is cosponsored by: Department of Urban Studies and Planning in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, MIT Graduate Student Life Grants, and MIT Graduate Student Council. For more information, please visit our website . Our seminars are free and open to the public.


China Urban Development Discussion Series, Spring 2012