The APEC Low-Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project Dissemination Phase 1, which succeeds LCMT Project Phases 1-7, seeks to accelerate the dissemination of low-carbon towns in order to manage rapidly growing energy consumption in the APEC region. The key activities are: 1) to hold the 2nd LCMT Symposium for the dissemination of the “Concept of the Low-Carbon Town in the APEC Region (Concept)” through utilizing APEC Low-Carbon Town Indicator (LCT-I) System; and 2) to conduct Feasibility Studies for a specific area of three towns participated as the LCT-I volunteer towns in the 1st LCMT Symposium in the LCMT Project Phase 7. The nominations of the LCT-I volunteer towns are on a voluntary basis and three LCT-I volunteer towns are planned to be selected through the EWG.
The key objectives of the project are:
- To disseminate the basic ideas and effective approaches of the Concept through utilizing the LCT-I System, which helps evaluate the progress and status of low-carbon development of various areas in the APEC region;
- To provide Feasibility Studies of a specified area of low-carbon development projects selected as the LCT-I volunteer towns in the LCMT Project Phase 7 and identify how to improve the low-carbon development plans through the Feasibility Studies; and
- To share best practices and real-world experiences of low-carbon town design with planners and policymakers throughout the APEC region.
This project directly responds to the declaration at the 9th APEC Energy Ministers Meeting (EMM9), held in Fukui, Japan on 19 June 2010, where ministers discussed low-carbon paths to energy security which also provide cooperative energy solutions for a sustainable APEC as well as growth strategies.