Transformative City

Sustainable and energy-efficient urban renewal is a key goal of sustainable urban transformation in both Chinese and German cities.  

Traditionally, urban renewal programmes focus on neighbourhoods in inner city districts, and the upgrading of the urban fabric. This includes major renovation of buildings and districts to enhance their livability and energy performance, improvement or implementation of public and green infrastructure, and the elimination of urban design flaws of the past.  

Policies for urban renewal in China have undergone significant changes since the 2000s, with the priority shifting from the speed of urbanization to the quality of urban life, the urbanization rate having risen from 10% in 1949 to nearly 60% in 2019.

In July 2020, the General Office of the State Council issued the “Guidelines on comprehensively promoting the renovation of old urban residential areas”. These guidelines aim at incorporating both local participations to adjust measures to residents’ needs and calls for a diversity in measures to adjust them to local needs. In addition, climate change adaptation and mitigation were put in the focus for urban renewal measures.

Green Cities for Our Future!


Facts & Figures

In 2019,
percent of China's total population lived in urban areas and cities.
In 2019, the green area per capita in China is
square meters.
In 2018, China’s has the world’s largest urban population of

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External Resources that might interest you

The Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (the Alliance) is a multi-level and multi-stakeholder coalition aimed at closing the investment gap for urban subnational climate projects and infrastructure. The Alliance provides a platform to convene and exchange knowledge among all relevant actors dedicated to urban development, climate action, and/or financing. Check out their resources at:

The C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) facilitates access to finance for climate change mitigation and resilience projects in urban areas by providing technical assistance to develop cities’ sustainability
priorities into bankable investment proposals. The CFF aims to deliver project preparation and capacity development, and to widely share knowledge and establish partnerships between cities and financiers. Check out their resources at:

The City Climate Finance Gap Fund (Gap Fund) helps cities in developing and emerging countries realize their climate ambitions, turning low-carbon, climate-resilient ideas into strategies and finance-ready projects. The Gap Fund supports cities and local governments in preparing and prioritizing climate-smart plans and investments with the goal of attracting more financing and support for implementation. Check out their resources at: