Dr Shobhakar Dhakal publishes new book on “Creating Low Carbon Cities”
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal, Associate professor and Head of Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change at AIT’s School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD, has published a new book titled “Creating Low Carbon Cities.”
Published by Springer, the book is edited by Dr Shobhakar Dhakal and Prof. Matthias Ruth, Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University.
The book addresses key issues related to low carbon cities with experts focusing on appropriate infrastructure, ensuring co-benefits of climate actions, making best use of knowledge and information, proper accounting of emissions, and social factors such as behavioral change.
“Readers will gain a better understanding of drivers of Local Carbon Cities and can explore potential transformation pathways for cities, “ Dr. Shobhakar said. Particular emphasis is on the current situation of energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the urban level, and stressing the complexity of measuring GHG emissions from cities, he adds.
Sixteen chapters in the book shed light on long-term transformation pathways towards low carbon by focussing on challenges and opportunities in creating low carbon cities. This makes it valuable to policy makers, researchers and consultants working on climate change and energy issues, Dr. Shobhakar says.
Describing it as a “scholarly benchmark,” Prof. William Solecki of Institute for Sustainable Cities, City University of New York adds that the book “provides invaluable information and analysis on how the goals of this agenda can be achieved and what will be the significant obstacles in the way.”
"Creating Low Carbon Cities provides a refreshingly critical approach to low-carbon urban development, what has been achieved so far and the challenges ahead. It will be an important data-driven resource for local leaders, sustainability practitioners and urban planners,” says Ms. Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability.
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