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EXPLICIT - Low-carbon Cities in Southeast Asia

EXPLICIT - Low-carbon Cities in Southeast Asia


Countries: Vietnam, Sri-Lanka, Thailand, Laos

Cities: Chau-Doc, Da Nang, Hue, Matale, Kurunegala, Kandy, Nonthaburi, Rayong, Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang

Beneficiaries: 10 municipalities (elected officials, technical staff and the general public)

Client: Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok) & ADEME

In-country partners: local consultants

Project status: Completed/in operation 

Financing: Club ADEME International and Asian Institute of Technology

The project in brief:


The Bangkok-based Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the global eco-companies network, Club ADEME International, were seeking to sensitize the mayors of small and medium-sized cities in Southeast Asia to energy and climate issues and to support their municipalities in implementing low-carbon initiatives. To that end EXPLICIT has contributed its experience in providing training for local government officials and in energy planning at the local level.




In the four countries of Southeast Asia, environmental issues are still only a concern of the large metropolises as most towns and cities pursue other short-term priorities. However, the solutions offered by sustainable cities are not limited to an environmentally responsible approach that is the preserve of the "rich". The challenge is to show these smaller municipalities that, when tailored to local needs and resources, low-carbon solutions can also be genuine drivers of development (through mechanisms such as facilitating access to energy, the creation of local jobs, the use of local resources and cost containment).


Key project features and highlights:


The first stage of the project involved sensitizing mayors and elected officials to the efficiencies delivered by low-carbon cities and the potential for long-term development that they represent for smaller municipalities. Providing training for and securing the participation of elected officials, as occurred at this stage of the project, was one of the key factors contributing to the success of the initiative.

In a second stage, energy/carbon assessments were conducted for each municipality with a view to identifying priorities and strategies for action based on the resources available locally. Explicit then went on to develop recommendations for each municipality regarding projects that might be implemented in connection with a diverse range of issues, among them citizenship and local jobs, mobility for all and improvement of water and soil quality. With the help of financing from ADEME and AIT, each city was able to select a pilot project to be implemented thanks to a road map developed jointly with the municipalities (reverse planning, identification of possible local inputs, priorities for terms of office). The city of Luang Prabang in Laos, for example, opted to install recycling bins in its streets, thereby encouraging the public to behave in an environmentally responsible manner and creating 36 new local jobs.


The Low Carbon Cities project has helped to create working groups at two different levels: among elected officials, technical staff, citizens and associations at the local level and among the 10 cities involved in the project through the process of sharing experiences.

Special features of the French offering:


The project draws inspiration from and incorporates the key stages of the Climate and Energy Action Plan (PCET) initiative launched in France.


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