EC-Link Project and IGDP Met to Strengthen Their Cooperation
EC Link and the iGDP (innovative Green Development Program) met in Beijing in order to strengthen their cooperation in light of their common interest to support local municipalities in developing low carbon projects and verify opportunities of cooperation.
iGDP is the executing agency of the Green and Low Carbon Development Think Tank Partnership (GDTP) and committee member of Green Finance Committee of the China Society for Finance and banking. In order to tackle climate change challenges, IGDP’s mission is to advance robust policies and actions to address green growth challenges, create analytical tools, share professional knowledge, and facilitate multidisciplinary dialogues that foster integrated solutions for regions, cities and communities.
EC-Link and iGDP agreed to work in linking their massive network developed throughout their extensive programs. Indeed, while EC-Link focused its attention in supporting the dialogue among Chinese and European cities, iGDP set up the Green Low-Carbon Development Think Tank Partnership (GDTP), an informal platform that brings together China’s leading low-carbon research institutes, economists, and well-known energy and environmental experts.
Moreover, EC-Link and iGDP share common interests also in the development of specific programs within municipal green finance sector and Belt & Road Initiative.
EC-Link Project and iGDP will continue their dialogue also to verify opportunities for the development of trainings, workshops and forum on green finance and low carbon policies sectors.
European Investment Bank approves €4 billion in smart energy financing
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has green-lit €4 billion in financing for clean energy generation, green transport and clean water projects in 18 countries.
The funds will be channelled into green urban transport projects, which will target increasing the use of electric public transport such as buses, trams and rail-based transport in Marseille and Rotterdam, and will also extend credit to Danish projects focussing on energy efficiency.
Two new offshore wind farms off the coast of France at Saint Nazaire and Fecamp with a total capacity of 1GW will also receive funding, as well as energy efficiency and district heating improvements in Belarus.
The Enlightenment of Barcelona’s Development of Green and Smart City
Located in the northeastern part of the Iberian Peninsula, Barcelona is close to the Mediterranean Sea and is the second largest city in Spain. It is a world-famous Mediterranean tourism city, and is also the most important trade and industrial base in Spain. Mentioning Barcelona, people may first come into mind of Messi and other football superstars; and secondly, scenery tourism. But few people have an idea that it is actually a model of green and smart city in the world.
Barcelona has long applied the concept of green and smart city to the city planning and construction. From information-based infrastructure, to smart social and public services, and to urban green and sustainable development, it has formed a tolerant and open system. The main measures that Barcelona took to create a green and smart city are as follows.
Carry out strategic top-level design, and pay attention to improving the welfare and quality of life of the citizens: The strategic top-level design is aimed to set up development direction, target, and implementation path. The top-level design is strategically focused on green and intelligence. It conducts planning and construction by centering on energy-saving, emission reduction and environment optimization, and takes sustainable development as its starting point and destination. It has achieved remarkable results for people’s livelihood in the areas of smart power supply, intelligent transportation, and intelligent heating and cooling, etc.
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EC-link Project, International Experts representing the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Bologna will be in Zhuhai to have an international workshop on resilient cities sustainable development and preservation and environmental sustainability of historical heritage.