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Call For Solutions

Theme: Green transitions for industrial cities​

Industrial cities have made significant contributions to the economies of many countries, but the long-term pursuit of industrial and economic development has also placed severe environmental pressures on cities. With the global drive towards net-zero emissions and digitalisation, industrial cities must face these challenges and take action. 

Kaohsiung, as a major industrial city in Taiwan and a centuries-old port city, is also facing the challenges of the net-zero transition and the impact of climate risks. Therefore, we invite global industrial and port cities to join Kaohsiung in seeking solutions from cities and partners to common transformation challenges, which will not only facilitate knowledge sharing, learning and cooperation among cities, but also empower global cities to move together towards a green, sustainable and smartly governed future.

The main theme of the call is " Green transitions for industrial cities " with the following sub-themes:

1 / Sustainable Energy

Urban solutions that facilitate the transition to smart energy systems in a human-centered, community-based, and environmentally responsible way, while helping cities reduce emissions without sacrificing energy security, economic prosperity, or residents’ well-being.

2 / Green Living

Urban solutions that promote digital inclusion, social cohesion, behavioral changes, and environmental health through developing smart, sustainable, inclusive, low-carbon infrastructure, fostering vibrant ecosystems and living environments, and re-aligning green incentives for citizens.

3 / Urban Resilience

Urban solutions that effectively facilitate long-lasting societal well-being, public health, community adaptation, and a safe city for all in the face of changing environments and societies.

We invite especially industrial and port cities to share innovative urban strategies, solutions and partnerships that leverage technology, governance or business models to actively promote green behavior in society while fostering a harmonious relationship with the natural environment. In particular, the call aims to stimulate the adoption of smart, adaptable and practical solutions, ensuring that no one is left behind on the journey to a greener future. 


Outstanding proposals in each category will be invited to showcase their achievements to the world at the 2024 City Climate Summit (City COP) and the Kaohsiung Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE). In addition, the team will have the opportunity to collaborate with the Kaohsiung City Government to implement out the solution in Kaohsiung.

Application Eligibility:

The call is open to both public and private sectors worldwide, and proposals from business, government, academia, research institutes, and civil society are encouraged to apply if they meet the following criteria : 

  • For public sector applications, the affiliated city should be either a harbor city or possess relevant experience in industrial transformation to green city.

  • The proposed solutions must be the original work of the applicants. Any plagiarized work will be considered invalid and will be disqualified, and the source of the information must be cited if it is quoted.

  • Affiliations of organizers or jury members are not eligible. 

  • A single solution cannot be submitted for more than one category.

  • All application documents must be submitted in English.

Evaluation criteria:

Applicants will be assessed according to the extent to which they meet each of the criteria listed below, with equal weighting given to each criterion.

  • Impact 

    • Solutions should provide co-benefits and improve urban livelihoods and/or localities by effectively addressing pressing issues or creating new opportunities and having measurable, durable, and additional positive impacts.

  • Linkability

    • Solutions should enhance the impact of other green initiatives and connect and contribute to local, national, and global climate and policy goals or frameworks that advance climate action. (e.g.《Paris Agreement》、《Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk. Reduction》、《Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework》、Net-zero targets, etc.).

  • Innovativeness

    • Solutions should employ solutions and strategies based on smart technology, governance, and/or nature-based innovations or use existing techniques, processes, tools, and/or business models in novel ways to address evolving urban challenges. Innovative plans should account for sustainability and short, medium, and long-term impacts on urban society and environment.

  • Replicability

    • Solutions should advance practical solutions, provide valuable lessons,  and be flexible, sustainable, and transferable enough to be readily adopted by other localities. Thus, the planning should be clear, funding structures should be scalable, and the strategy should be easily adaptable. If applicants are interested in collaborating with Kaohsiung in the future, please indicate this in Section 5 of the application form as a bonus point.

  • People-centric 

    • Solutions should have partnerships consisting of a diverse range of active, engaged stakeholders and incorporate people-centric objectives that center around equitability and serve urban citizens, especially vulnerable groups. (e.g. youth, women, low-income households, indigenous peoples, etc.).

  • Ecological responsibility 

    • Solutions should provide sustainable, lasting benefits for local ecosystems, effectively mitigate direct and indirect negative ecological impacts, and/or contribute to better relationships between urban societies and the environment. Solutions are encouraged to diligently ensure their ecological responsibility. 

Expert Panelists (in alphabetical order) :

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Amir Sapkota

Professor and Chair,

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Maryland School of Public Health

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Chyi-Rong Chiou

President, International Climate Development Institute

Associate Professor, School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University

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Ed Synnott

Climate Neutral Cities Advisor

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Jyh-Horng Chou

Kaohsiung Smart City Promotion Committee Member

Chair Professor and Honorary Vice President,

Feng Chia University

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Leon Kapetas

Climate Resilience Expert

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Rajesh Narayan

Senior Director Analyst, Gartner

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Sudarmanto Budi Nugroho

Research Manager of Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES)

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Noboru Koshizuka

Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan

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Yi-Sheng Yang

Director, ICLEI Kaohsiung Capacity Center (KCC)

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Young Ku

Kaohsiung Smart City Promotion Committee Member

Chair Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Selection Process:

All proposals submitted will undergo a qualification review to ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements. The evaluation process will be conducted by a panel of experts from various fields through document review and decision meetings. The panel will review the proposed solutions and recommend a list of 15 winners with specific reasons for their selection, which is expected to be announced on 13 November 2023. 


Those selected as winners may receive notifications for an online presentation. During this presentation, they will have the opportunity to further elaborate on their proposals. In addition, this presentation will serve as the final stage in identifying two Best Practices selected from the list of winners in each category, with a total of six Best Practices to be celebrated at the Awards Ceremony in March 2024. Details of the entire process will be provided to the shortlisted winners 2 weeks prior to the online presentation.


*Interested applicants should submit the online application form during the application period from 9:00 a.m. (GMT + 08:00) on 14 August 2023 to 5:00 p.m. (GMT + 08:00) on 31 October 2023 to complete the application process.

** The organizer reserves the right to adjust the schedule according to the actual situation; the relevant schedule information will be posted on the event website, and interested applicants are requested to pay close attention to the schedule and announcements of various activities.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions, please contact or call +886-2-2700-2413.

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