Abstract: Many cities around the World have established the development objective of becoming a low-carbon city. Evaluation of such a city is important for its progress. A new evaluation framework of urban low-carbon development level is proposed in this paper, which integrates synthetic evaluation based on a bottom-up idea and analytical diagnosis based on a top-down idea. Further, set pair analysis is combined for synthetic evaluation and analytical diagnosis by comparing urban low-carbon development levels of different cities, through which the comprehensive state of urban low-carbon development level can be obtained and limiting factors identified. Based on the proposed framework and set pair analysis, low-carbon development levels of 12 Chinese cities are compared. Some suggestions are provided, based on results of overall situations of urban low-carbon development level and concrete performances of various factors and specific indicators. We conclude that both synthetic evaluation and analytical diagnosis are important for evaluation of urban low-carbon development level. The proposed framework and method can be widely applied in the evaluation of different cities over a long-term period.
Keywords: low-carbon city; evaluation framework; synthetic evaluation; analytical diagnosis; set pair analysis
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Su, M.; Li, R.; Lu, W.; Chen, C.; Chen, B.; Yang, Z. Evaluation of a Low-Carbon City: Method and Application. Entropy 2013, 15, 1171-1185.
Su M, Li R, Lu W, Chen C, Chen B, Yang Z. Evaluation of a Low-Carbon City: Method and Application. Entropy. 2013; 15(4):1171-1185.
Su, Meirong; Li, Ronghua; Lu, Weiwei; Chen, Chen; Chen, Bin; Yang, Zhifeng. 2013. "Evaluation of a Low-Carbon City: Method and Application." Entropy 15, no. 4: 1171-1185.