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Master and PhD Programs of UNEP-TONGJI IESD 2014


Up to now, UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD) has 160 international Master students and 39 Ph.D students from over 40 countries in English taught Master and PhD programs. Abundant internship resources including plentiful international organizations are yearly offered to excellent students as well. Over the years, most of IESD graduates have obtained positions in the ministries of environment or energy in their home countries, international organizations like UNEP, UNDP and other NGOs.

In 2014, IESD will keep running the following programs:

+ Master Program in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development
+ Master Program in Environmental Engineering
+ Doctoral Program in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

If you consider yourself as a suitable candidate to join these programs do not hesitate to contact IESD. Do not forget that in order to promote and encourage excellence in higher education in developing countries, Tongji University will provide limited scholarships.

The deadline for application is 10th June 2014. Please kindly find more information in the attachments or through

Apply online:
Tuition fee: 39,000 RMB/year

Contact Person:
Jessica JIA/Emma LIU
Office: +86-21-6598 3548/1837 Fax: +86-21-6598 7790
Address: 509, Mingjing Building, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai, 200092, P.R.China

FURTHER INFORMATION (.pdf documents):
Chinese Government ScholarshipApplication Guide 2014

IESD Masters and PhD ProgramsApplication Guide-2014

IESD Visiting ProgramsApplication Guide 2014

Shanghai Government ScholarshipApplication Guide 2014

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Nature Conservation Council – Conference and Workshops


Call 02 9516 1488 or email for more information.
RSVP is essential, by 8th October.


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Cities’ Pivotal Role in the Climate Change Debate – CDP Cities 2011 Progress Report

Climate change is widely recognised as one of the most serious challenges the world faces, with consequences that go far beyond its impact on the environment alone. It is no longer the question ‘if’ we have to move into a low-carbon energy future but ‘how’ we will get there.

Consuming more than 75 percent of the world’s energy, and producing around 80 percent of its greenhouse gases, the role of cities is an important nexus in the climate change debate. Their populations and infrastructure are immensely vulnerable to the damaging effects of increasing temperatures, sea level rise and extreme weather events. Additionally, cities are well positioned to anticipate climate change due to their enhanced understanding of local conditions and needs.

Supporting collaboration between cities

Driven by a common belief that city governments play an important role in reducing global carbon emissions, a group of large cities (known as the C40 Cities) have come together to create an effective forum to support collaboration and information sharing between cities and demonstrate leadership. This year, the C40 Cities collaborated with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) on a research to measure the climate impact of each participating city as well as their plans for action. An impressive 72 percent of the C40 Cities responded to the survey, representing over 1,200 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent, a figure roughly equivalent to the total emissions of a country like Japan or Germany. The survey shows that a number of cities have pioneered extraordinary approaches to GHG reduction and climate resilience.

Taking a leadership role

Nearly every responding city reports the involvement of their senior leadership in taking responsibility for climate change; many also make special note of their efforts to engage local citizens, businesses and other stakeholders in climate change-related decisions. For most, the need is urgent. More than 90 percent of disclosing cities identified themselves as ‘at risk’ due to climate change and over forty percent reported that they are already dealing with the effects of climate change in their regions.

The survey also showed that – while cities have made a strong start – there are still a number of areas where more support is needed. Indeed, challenges remain for many city governments looking to build on the low carbon movement. National governments, non-governmental organisations and the private sector can all work to help cities by:

  • Improving and standardizing GHG measurement methodologies.Cities are using many different methodologies to guide them in their GHG measurement activities. City governments will benefit from coordinated efforts to standardize these protocols to make measurement of emissions easier, more transparent, and more comparable between cities.
  • Enabling financial forecasting related to climate change investment.City governments, like many other entities, are struggling to put clear numbers on the investments needed to achieve their GHG reduction targets. Technical assistance and private sector input might help cities to improve their ROI on climate change projects.
  • Creating better tools for city-level risk assessment.City governments are leading the way in analyzing the risks from climate change in their regions. The international community can support these efforts by offering better tools, including specific risk assessment methodologies for urban areas.
  • Adding value through city emissions data validation. In the private sector, data validation and verification is becoming fundamental for establishing credibility with key stakeholders. An increasing number of cities indicate that all or part of their emissions data (city government operations and/or city-wide emissions) is verified to some degree.

Despite a complex array of challenges, it is encouraging to see that both C40 cities and non-C40 cities are (voluntarily) taking great strides towards shaping the global approach to climate change. Cities that measure and analyze their emissions will be in a better position to manage them and adapt to new circumstances. Each city can be a frontrunner in the combat against climate change in its own right.

Although it is encouraging to see that many cities have articulated a strategic vision around energy and climate and have developed GHG reduction emissions targets and innovative measures, it is only through a collective effort that climate change can be seriously contested. Source: INSIGHT Magazine by KPMG Global. INSIGHT is a semi-annual magazine that provides a broad scope of local, regional and global perspectives on many of the key issues facing today’s global infrastructure industry. Register through this link:

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Indonesia to Host Asia Pacific Infrastructure Forum

Indonesia is scheduled to once again host Asia-Pacific’s largest infrastructure forum, The Indonesia International Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition 2012 (IIICE’12), which will be held in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Sustainable and Inclusive Infrastructure Development 2012 (APMC-SIID’12) on 2-5 May 2012 at Balai Sidang – Jakarta Convention Center.

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Seminar with visiting ‘Green Universities’ delegation from China

The Sustainable Design and Development Research Cluster is pleased to welcome another visiting delegation from China. The delegation represents the China Green University Network, and includes staff from Tongji, Tianjin, Jiangnan and Zhejiang universities and the South China University of Technology.

The proposed program for their visit is as follows:

11.00 am Monday 26th March – arrive on campus, meet at Red Centre building (Built Environment Faculty) for brief campus tour led by one of our Chinese PhD students.

12.00 noon-2.00pm – Seminar

·         Member of Tongji delegation to speak on green buildings/university greening in China (approx. half hour including questions);

·         Paul Osmond to speak on Australian Green Star rating and UNEP university greening project (approx. 20 min. including questions);

·         Three built environment PhD students whose work relates to green buildings / ratings (Weifeng Lee, Yuning Ou and Syafiq Salehudin) to present for approx. 10 minutes each on their topics, followed by feedback and general discussion.


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Researching Low Carbon Living

Seminar – Prof Deo Prasad

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Australia: Clean Energy Bill 2011 passed: The carbon price has landed

The House of Representatives last week passed the Clean Energy Bill 2011 along with 17 other bills which together make up the legislative framework for the Clean Energy Future Plan.

The legislation establishes the framework for a Carbon Price Mechanism (CPM) and looks destined for commencement by July 2012 assuming support in the Senate.

The CPM introduces sweeping, economy-wide reforms. Businesses should now be considering the new legislation and how it may affect their operations.

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