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EC-Link Project Performed A Training Session On Solid Waste Management In Luoyang
09 Jul, 2019

EC-Link Project was called by Luoyang Municipality to perform a dedicated training on solid waste management. The meeting is to introduce the development of Solid Waste Management in Luoyang, to identify the fields for further cooperation between EC-LINK and Luoyang in Soil Waste Management sector.

Luoyang has developed a very efficient program meant to replace and recycle of any building materials coming from the demolition, to produce several building components as energy saving bricks and plasters, road screeds, artistic tiles and draining road pavements.

EC-Link project performed the training providing latest European experience in the management and reuse of construction waste; moreover, it was agreed to develop further cooperation in following areas:

  • Support to promote the introduction of new policies for Solid Waste Management related to building material (new rules addressing developers);
  • Researches to develop applications of high-grade recycled products and Solid Waste sorting technologies (e.g. infrared technologies for the recognition of materials and related separation);
  • PPP projects development, in cooperation with financial institutions.

EC-Link Project will also support the already existing willingness of Luoyang in establishing a network of stakeholders aimed to increase the recycling of building materials coming from demolitions and the productions of primary row recycled products/energy saving construction materials/finishing materials (e.g. tiles and roof tiles), to promote their market and to support the creation of a proper regulatory framework to raise recycling strategy at municipal level (through more tight obligation imposed to developers).

EC-Link project and Luoyang Municipality, starting from this training session, expressed the willingness to start a meaningful cooperation to support the implementation of the various initiatives above all in terms of waste management and financial support through the involvement of international financial institutions.

URBANIZATION NEWS

Are We Back To Our Wasteful Ways Of Using Water?
05 Jul, 2019

Each one of us must respond urgently to the national water crisis. In Metro Manila, our complacency has been jolted twice already.

When water started flowing again after the first wave of the water shortage, we went back to our wasteful ways. We leave the tap open when cleaning our hands or washing our clothes.

Take note of the following: At least 55 people die every day from water-related causes; 300 out of our 1,500 municipalities are totally without water; and irrigation today provides only 50 percent of supply needs. There is simply not enough water available from our severely diminished water tables and sources.

In view of this, the Movement for Water Security (MWS) made eight recommendations for the government to implement immediately. These were submitted and discussed during the congressional water hearing on June 25, and at the Department of Agriculture (DA)-attached Philippine Council of Agriculture and Food Climate Change Committee meeting on June 26.

Source: Business Inquirer - https://business.inquirer.net/273943/are-we-back-to-our-wasteful-ways-of-using-water

EXTERNAL NEWS

China's ‘Green’ Supersonic Passenger Jets That Could Cut Flight Times In Half Set To Take To Skies By 2035
04 Jul, 2019

China is targeting the launch of ‘green’ supersonic passenger jets in 2035 that could halve traditional flight times.

Supersonic aircraft can fly faster than the speed of sound and are usually reserved for research and military purposes.

Only two supersonic planes have been used for passenger flights; the famous Anglo-French Concorde from 1976 to 2003, retired due to rising costs and falling demand, and Russia’s Tupolev Tu-144, which flew 55 flights across one year from 1977-78.

Source: The Telegraph - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/07/03/chinas-green-supersonic-passenger-jets-could-cut-flight-times/

EC-LINK NEWS

EC-Link Project Participates at the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Forum
29 Jun, 2019

The Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Forum was held on 29Jun in Qingdao city. The EC-Link Project was invited to share the case of green project development in link with green financing. Qingdao is one the pilot cities under EC-Link assistance for green finance, two municipal green projects have been selected and prepared potentially for the Shandong Green Development Fund financing.  

The Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Improvement Project for the Existing Buildings in Qingdao was introduced as the example. The Shandong Green Development fund is initiated by Asian Development Bank, also expected to leverage the blending investment from other International Financing Institutes, Private Capital and Commercial Banks. It provides creative Green Fund mechanism with international standard on the green criteria, which expected to achieve significant positive outcomes on environmental and climate impact, particular on GHG reduction, as well as, innovative modality to increase the bankability of green projects. 

 The Qingdao case done by EC-Link Project give a best practice example of how the green project can be developed in link to Green Finance resources. This has been attracted huge interest among the forum participants, who are the key people from Municipal Environmental & Ecology Bureau, climate change research institutes and other International Cooperation Agency. They have shown strong willingness to cooperation with EC-Link program on the Green Development aspect. There will be potential opportunities for demonstrating the Qingdao case to other pilot cities, to amplify the EC-Link intervention influence on Green development.

EC-Link Project And EU Experts From Sweden Cooperating With Zhuhai In Improving Their WTE Plant.
25 Jun, 2019

EC-Link Project, together with EU experts coming from Sweden are supporting Zhuhai municipality in improving local waste to energy plant in light of the planned second phase development.

EC-Link and Swedish experts from Sweco, during an initial site visit, were introduced in detail to the plant and the newly introduced technology. The site visit was very useful to have in depth discussion about on-going processing, management and maintenance systems.

Swedish experts presented their extensive experience on solid waste separation and collection in Sweden, policy strategy, techniques and best practices; moreover, from Chinese side, China Environmental Design & Research Institute introduced Chinese national policy and implementation strategies in solid waste sector.

The technical discussion focused on following main aspects:

  • How to treat the fly ash;
  • What are the main methods which have been used in European countries;
  • The standard of emission of EU in recent years;
  • Suggestions of new technology to prevent high temperature corrosion problems. 

After intensive technical discussion between Chinese and European experts, both sides have a good understanding of the work to be performed; it was agreed that EU experts will present a technical report providing comments and suggestions to improve introduced plans to be finalized by September 2019.

EC-Link Project And EU Experts From Spain Cooperating With Zhuhai In Improving Local Industrial Waste Water Treatment Plant.
24 Jun, 2019

EC-Link Project, together with EU experts coming from the city of Valencia (Spain) are supporting Zhuhai municipality in improving Zhuhai Fushan No.1 Industrial water purification plant providing support and advisory for the second phase construction of this plant.

EC-Link selected Valencia due to its huge history and experience in municipal and industrial waste management solution and systems; in parallel, Chinese municipalities have increased their focus and efforts towards combating and properly manage the high amount of wastewater yearly generated by its developed industrial sector.

Valencia experts, in their presentation, introduced waste water treatment method and development in Valencia and recent most developed techniques present in Europe, in particular regarding European standard of deodorization and effective solution (such as energy saving) to reach an efficient management of a water plant.

Moreover, Valencia experts have expressed that they can facilitate delegation from Zhuhai to visit Valencia and other cities in Spain on the topic of waste water treatment etc.  

After technical discussion between Chinese and European experts, both sides have a good understanding of each other; Valencia experts agreed to draft a technical supporting report to be finalized by September 2019. 

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URBANIZATION NEWS

China Doubles Down on Economic Globalization
04 Jul, 2019

China is committed to building an open economy within the framework of globalization, said Li Keqiang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China, at the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum’s 13th Annual Meeting of the New Champions.

Premier Li reaffirmed China’s readiness to work with the international community to steer economic globalization.

“We now live in a world of profound interdependence,” he stressed. “Countries rely on each other’s markets. No country can single-handedly provide all resources … or offer all needed goods to consumers. Nor can any country sustain its development in isolation from the global system.” Li underlined that “fundamental principles, such as free trade, must be upheld.”

Source: Modern Diplomacy - https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/07/04/china-doubles-down-on-economic-globalization/

Construction Commences On New Section Of China-Russia Gas Pipeline
04 Jul, 2019

Construction work started on the middle section of a major China-Russia energy cooperation project on Thursday. Starting from Northeast China's Jilin Province and ending in North China's Hebei Province, the section is expected to alleviate natural gas shortages in Northeast China and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, China Central Television (CCTV) reported.

The 1,110-kilometer section is expected to be completed in October 2020, said the report.

"China and Russia enjoy a stable relationship, and they have been comprehensive strategic partners of coordination in various spheres," Lin Boqiang, dean of the China Institute for Studies in Energy Policy at Xiamen University, told the Global Times on Thursday. 

The huge pipeline project is intended to stabilize China's energy supply through cooperation with a stable partner, Lin said, especially as China's demand for natural gas still has huge growth potential.

Source: Global Times - http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1156811.shtml

China Shrimp, Tilapia Production To Take Hit As Hainan Gov’t Zoning Rules Areas Off Limits
04 Jul, 2019

The provincial government of Hainan plans zoning restrictions which would see much of the island become off-limits for aquaculture, impacting one of China's biggest production regions.

Announced last week, the "Hainan aquaculture waters and coastal zoning plan 2018-2030" could see up to 40% of current tilapia farming area off-limits to aquaculture, an industry source told Undercurrent News, should farms be located in newly protected areas or fail to conform to environmental regulations. 

The act underlines the uneasy relationship between aquaculture and other industries -- such as tourism -- as China’s economy develops. Near Sanya, south Hainan, holiday resorts and five-star hotels line the coast drawing holidaymakers from the mainland.

Source: UCN - https://www.undercurrentnews.com/2019/07/04/china-shrimp-tilapia-production-to-take-hit-as-hainan-govt-zoning-rules-areas-off-limits/

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EXTERNAL NEWS

India’s Water Commission Suggests Rewards And Punishment To Encourage Water Conservation
04 Jul, 2019

A significant part of India is facing water scarcity, while a latest government report holds that India is not a water deficit country but that the scarcity is on account of severe neglect and lack of monitoring of water resources and development projects. It noted that several regions in the country experience “water stress from time to time”.

It warned that any “further neglect in this sector will lead to water scarcity in future” and recommended that “imposing regulatory measures to prevent the misuse of water and introducing rewards and punishment to encourage judicious use of water, will be helpful to conserve water.”

It also called for awareness and orientation of all the water users to “change their lifestyle to conserve water” to ensure that India tides over the water crisis in the future and emphasised that the “challenge is manageable provided we have favourable policies and mechanisms to persuade our people to change their lifestyle.”

Source: CNBC - https://www.cnbctv18.com/economy/indias-water-commission-suggests-rewards-and-punishment-to-encourage-water-conservation-3899791.htm

Backers Of Lamu Coal Project Lose Court Case
04 Jul, 2019

Backers of Kenya’s Lamu coal plant have been instructed by the courts to conduct a new environmental impact assessment and halt work on the project, in a ruling celebrated by local environmental groups.

The mostly Chinese-financed plant is the biggest coal project in eastern and central Africa. Lamu county is on Kenya’s northern coast and includes a small archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The area is a World Heritage Site and a major draw for tourists.

The June 26 ruling by the National Environmental Tribunal cancelled the license given to Amu Power by the National Environment Management Authority.

“The people of Lamu and Kenyans finally have got justice three years after knocking on the doors of the Tribunal in 2016,” said Omar Elmawi, head of Decoalonize, a local activist group.

Construction of the project was expected to start in 2016 but was delayed following a legal challenge from Decoalonize and Save Lamu.

Source: China Dialogue - https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/11355-Backers-of-Lamu-coal-project-lose-court-case

The Unwinnable Contest For Himalayan Water Resources
04 Jul, 2019

For millions of years, monsoonal winds have cycled between Asia’s tropical seas and the Tibetan Plateau, delivering snow to its high-altitude mountains and rains to the plains below them. The melting snow and summer rains combine to create a system of rivers that fan out from the mountains, delivering water and fertile soil to East, Southeast and South Asia.

Known as the Great Himalayan Watershed (GHW), this hydrological phenomenon has created richly diverse ecosystems and the right conditions for some of the world’s earliest agricultural and urban centres. The GHW encompasses most of Asia’s rivers—today around 45% of the world’s population depends on the watershed and it is home to many significant manufacturing centres and trade networks. Despite this, the GHW has received little public or political attention.

Increasing attention is now being paid to the watershed’s degraded state. Scientists, environmentalists and locals are particularly concerned about its glaciated headwaters and its deltas. Both are experiencing accelerated climate change and biodiversity loss.

Source: ASPI - https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/the-unwinnable-contest-for-himalayan-water-resources/

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