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Valencia

Valencia is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third-largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, with around 800,000 inhabitants in the administrative centre. In the last 20 years the metropolitan area has undergone considerable urbanization, which has meant increased building density and an expansion of the area. At the same time, urban center spaces have been urbanized and urban areas have been enlarged by a proliferation of comprehensive sustainable action plans.

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Greenport Congress Will Head To Valencia In 2018

Valenciaport has been chosen to host the next annual European GreenPort Cruise & Congress conference in October 2018.

The Port Authority of Valencia, which brings together senior port executives to discuss and share the latest in sustainable development and environmental practice, will host the conference from 17 to 19 October.

Valenciaport is Spain’s leading Mediterranean port in terms of commercial traffic and is a cruicial gateway for production and consumer goods to and from the entire Iberian Peninsula.

It also offers extensive network connections to major world ports including America and North Africa.

Source: GreenPort

Spanish City of Valencia to Create ‘Smart Port’ Using Blockchain, Big Data

One of Spain's busiest ports based in the city of Valencia has announced the creation of a "smart port" which will use blockchain and big data technologies. The news was revealed in a release published Wednesday, Oct. 3, on the port’s official website.

Jose Garcia De La Guia, who is responsible for implementing new technologies in the Port Authority of Valencia, explains that they see blockchain as a good option for improving logistics not only in Valencia, but in many international ports.

Blockchain is widely used by international ports to improve logistics. For instance, UK’s leading port operator will soon take part in pilot shipments using decentralised solutions, while Denmark has revealed its plans to implement blockchain for local ship registers.

Source: Cointelegraph

Valencia Envisages To Reduce Urban Emissions by 40% by 2030

Valencia is decidedly committed to innovation and sustainability as the basis of a new model of global social development that respects both people and the environment.

In order to achieve these goals, several strategies, which are aligned with European objectives, were launched during the last years. They are being improved by means of targeting more ambitious results in terms of urban and social innovation, both of which allowed Valencia to become a European frontrunner for Smart Cities and sustainable development.

Under the MAtchUp program, Valencia will develop a total of 52 innovative actions in regard to energy, mobility and ICT in various neighbourhoods.

Source: Matchup-projects

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Guidelines on Investment & Financing for Green Buildings

Green building investment and financing refers to the investment and financing behavior in the field of green building.

The green funding gap for green building construction in China is still large. To fill it, statistics predict that CNY 3 to 4 trillion worth of yearly investments are needed for the whole period of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020). According to prediction, of the total needed investment, only the 10% to 15% can come from the government, the rest is made of social capital. Therefore, it is necessary to effectively mobilize private capitals into the field of green building. 

In the top-level design of green finance in China, there is a lack of docking schemes for green buildings, albeit efforts have been made in this regard. In August 2016, seven ministries and commissions, including the People's Bank of China, jointly issued the “Guidelines on Building a Green Financial System”, a blueprint for China's green financial development plan. However, they did not clearly point out the specific financing, financing methods and implementation methods of green finance for green buildings.

In summary, China's green building investment and financing sector urgently needs to set clear guidelines to ensure the green development of China's urban and rural construction to achieve the overall development goals of 2050.

The guideline aims to consider all the aspects of the green building financing, from the technical side (use of green technology and energy-saving effects) to the potential benefits and capital risks connected with the investments. 

The objective is to embed ecological and environmental considerations (from financial to social externalizations) in the decision making process of the operators from the construction sectors.

Urban Development and Growing International Trade Within the BRI

The growth in international trade and investments around the EU Trans European Network -Transport (TEN-T) policy and the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is leading to increasing transport volumes between China and the EU. Cities are the key nodes in these growing national, regional and intercontinental transport networks and should contribute to and benefit from the increased trade.

However, without proper planning and management, those urban nodes can become blockages in national and international transport flows. Local congestion around hubs and terminals can lead to reduced network efficiency and increased levels of local air pollution.  

 

Chinese cities have an opportunity to plan the development of safe, clean and affordable transportation systems. The impact that such development can bring in terms of economic opportunities, human wellbeing, and climate change are determined by the choices city leaders make today: a sustainable urban/spatial hub development will be part of “resilient cities” with logistic hubs as part of the urban structures. 

The proposed Project is designed to bring together Chinese and European Cities (such as Hamburg, Barcelona, Gothenburg) along key trade routes to work together to optimize their leading roles as national, regional and international hubs. 

The EU and China together can define a model of rising trade and prosperity combined with healthy cities. To this aim, Europe and China need to work together to maximize the benefits of trade while minimizing potential negative impacts on cities. 

Sustainable Urban Development for A District In Need

This project has revived Spain’s Xenillet district in the city of Torrent, bringing economic and social regeneration to its most disadvantaged areas.

Overall, the project upgraded the district, bringing it into line with the rest of the city. It managed to achieve this by correcting the district’s urban layout, improving its appearance, and providing new services for residents such as drainage, street lighting, buried waste containers and open spaces. 

In addition, various social and employment services have been introduced for its residents and job seekers.

Source: European Commission

Sustainable Urban Mobility in Valencia Port 

MED port cities face the challenge to improve their mobility and air quality while at the same time supporting the development of economic activities, such as ports, which are crucial for the economic development and employment of their territories in the current context of low economic growth.

Main objective is the improvement of sustainable mobility in Valencia port, by fostering the uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, with a specific focus on integrating city- and port-related traffic flows in the sustainable public transport planning and providing concrete and efficient low-carbon mobility alternatives to MED port cities’ citizens.

Source: Foundation Valencia Port

How Valencia Turned a Crisis (and a River) Into a Transformative Park

In 1957, Valencia experienced a devastating flood that forever changed the city’s relationship with the Turia River. Nearly three quarters of the city was inundated by floodwater and over 60 people lost their lives. The following year, the city embraced a plan to divert the river around its western outskirts to the Mediterranean Sea.

The resulting design establishes a monumental five-mile green swath within a dense and diverse urban fabric, including the historic center of the city, and has an average span of 600 feet, from bank to bank. The park comprises over 450 acres and is characterized by bike paths, event spaces, active recreation fields, fountains, and many notable structures, such as the Alameda Bridge by Santiago Calatrava.

Source: Metropolis

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Valencia

Population Urban: 1,570,000
Area: 134.65 km2 
GDP: 52.7 billion USD
Country: Spain
Province: Valencian Community
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