Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2016, Vol. 7 ›› Issue (6): 407-417.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2016.06.001

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Evaluation of Smart Low-carbon Development in Major Chinese Cities

PANG Bo1, MA Haitao2, *   

  1. 1. China Film Archive (China Film Art Research Center), Beijing 100082, China;
    2. Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
  • Received:2016-03-22 Revised:2016-09-20 Online:2016-11-15 Published:2016-11-15
  • Contact: Ma Haitao. E-mail:
  • Supported by:

    Key program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China(71433008); General program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China(41571151).; Number of granted invention patents /1 million people (number/ 1 million people)


This study chose major Chinese cities and used the creative model of Smart Low-carbon Strength Quotient (SLSQ) to investigate the level and state of urban smart low-carbon development. The results show that: (1) three main categories of smart low-carbon cities are found; namely, leaders with high SLSQ, steady ones with average SLSQ and lagging ones with low SLSQ; (2) the SLSQ level shows a spatial change trend of diminishing from the southeast to the northwest and differing within regions; (3) the SLSQ level indicates an urban scale change trend of decreasing from the big to the small and differing within each scale; (4) the SLSQ level suggests an administrative hierarchy change trend of descending from the high to the low and differing within each class; (5) based on the SLSQ, three dynamic patterns were identified: leading mode, steady mode and preparing mode, among which the steady mode accounts for the vast majority of smart low-carbon development in major Chinese cities.

Key words: China, evaluation, major cities, quantitative study, smart low-carbon development