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EC-Link Project At The International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Presenting Its Projects On “Chinese Resilient Cities”
18 Jun, 2019

On 18 June 2019, a seminar on sponge city was organized by DutchFloriade World Expo 2022 at the INBAR pavilion. The theme is Climate Resilient Strategies for Water Sensitive Cities

It aims to discuss different approaches of urban design to minimize environmental degradation, scaling up investments in water supply and integrated urban water cycle, innovation in sustainable urban drainage and groundwater Systems and Sponge City aesthetics and recreational appeal.

The event saw a large and variegated participation from different countries like China, the Netherlands, Thailand, India, Indonesia, middle east and Africa.

In the seminar, Mr. Goet, Secretary-General of Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality has given an opening speech addressing the importance of the sustainability of our eco-system. Furthermore, lectures have been given on urban wetlands and sponge city approaches, effective management of groundwater for urban and agriculture areas. 

The Key expert of EC-link Project Ms. Xiaocun Ruan gave a presentation on implementation resilience in Zhuhai with an integrated approach on different scale, on city regional level, district level and building level. The presentation has concluded and emphasized the resilient city development is a task of everyone, not only the city decision makers, technical experts, but also citizens. 

The presentation received great appreciation among participants, in light of the effective work and cooperation developed from EC-Link Project and due to the great relevance of “resilient cities” in the Chinese contest.

URBANIZATION NEWS

Climate Change Can Pose Big Risks To Real Estate Investments
28 May, 2019

Climate change could dramatically alter the value of real estate investments.

And that goes for real estate investment trusts, companies that own income-producing real estate, if they do not shift their investment strategies to address growing risks, industry experts say.

A 2018 report found that 35% of REIT properties have geographic exposure to climate hazards, including inland flooding, typhoons or hurricanes, and coastal flooding and elevated sea levels. The research evaluated 73,500 properties owned by 321 REITs.

Source: CNBC - https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/28/climate-change-can-pose-big-risks-to-real-estate-investments.html

EXTERNAL NEWS

MIT And KTH Will Collaborate On Urban Planning And Development In Stockholm
16 Jun, 2019

MIT and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden’s leading technological and engineering university, have announced a research collaboration focused on urban planning and development in Stockholm, Sweden.

The KTH-MIT Senseable Stockholm Lab will use artificial intelligence, big data, and new sensor technologies to help the city evolve into a more livable and sustainable metropolis. The City of Stockholm is part of the collaboration, which will commence work this spring and is planned to span five years.

The announcement was made during the recent 2019 Forum on Future Cities at MIT, a conference produced in association with the World Economic Forum’s Council on Cities and Urbanization.

Source: MIT News - http://news.mit.edu/2019/mit-kth-launch-research-collaboration-urban-planning-development-stockholm-sweden-0516

EC-LINK NEWS

EC-Link Project Invited To Participate At The 2019 Xuzhou International Forum On Urban Green Development
18 Jun, 2019

The 2019 Xuzhou International Forum on Urban Green Development was held from 10 to 12 June 2019 in Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China.

The Forum was organized by UN-Habitat and Xuzhou People’s Municipal Government. The Forum provided a platform for communication between scholars, governments, cities, NGOs, Institutes and private sector companies. High-level researchers, policy makers, urban managers, experts, company leaders and media elites in China and abroad were invited.

The Forum aimed at reviewing how China and the rest of the world can leverage urban innovation and transformation, and the green technologies in support of innovation. The issues cut at the heart of SDG11 – how to steer change to ensure inclusive, safe, resilient cities and communities in a context of regeneration and change.

Green finance plays a fundamental role in sustaining Chinese ambitious urban development program; in upcoming years Chinese municipalities will develop more and more urban projects, they will need to move out from traditional finance solutions and to get closer to the many opportunities provided from green municipal finance.

EC-Link project was invited to provide a general outlook of green municipal finance sector in China and moreover, to show how practically it is supporting Chinese cities in such process.

EC-Link Key Expert presented on-going cooperation in Qingdao. Currently, the Project is supporting Qingdao in developing two green municipal finance projects. 

The Qingdao Green Public Transportation system demonstration project is designed to be implemented in terms of developing low carbon and green traffic. The project comprising 11 sub-projects, which includes the optimization of design on public transport network, bus lane planning in three major urban areas, bus ticket pricing system research, project risk research and other low-carbon public transport program research.

The Comprehensive energy efficiency improvement project is designed to retrofit public buildings and residential buildings in Qingdao city, for reducing energy consumption and improving the energy efficiency for existing buildings. The project foresees a comprehensive performance evaluation and economic analysis on the existing non-energy-saving public buildings in Qingdao, screen out the public buildings for energy conservation transformation and achieve the green building and green operation by such energy conservation transformation.

EC-LINK Project is actively engaged in city-level cooperation and communication work in China and providing green finance assistance. It will continue its work in sustaining an effective dialogue between Chinese Municipalities and main Chinese and International Banks and Funds.

Europe-China Initiative Marks World Environment Day with Pilot Resilience Projects
10 Jun, 2019

Europe-China initiative marks World Environment Day by inaugurating multiple pilot resilience projects in Zhuhai city in southern China’s Guangdong province. The effort represents EC-Link’s ongoing initiative to build an EU-CHINA platform on resilient city development.

The pilot projects are designed to help Zhuhai city, one of EC Link’s pilot cities, better understand the challenges it faces in urban resilience development, review its ability to face them and unite its people, projects, and priorities, and thus reduce vulnerabilities to expected and unexpected impacts of climate change.

With a coastline stretching 690km and subject to tropical hurricanes during summer, the city is exposed to high risks of extreme weather conditions, including typhoons, heavy rainstorms and floods. The projects in Zhuhai for building a resilient city will act as a template to provide local experiences and good models of urban resilience for larger-scale or nation-wide practice.

China has seen an increasing number of cities with inadequate flood-control measures during its fast-urban sprawl. On average, around 200 cities are faced with the problem of waterlogging caused by rain or storms every year while many of the cities affected by flooding are desperately short of water.

EC-Link Project invited to Zhuhai, experts from the Netherlands and Italy, bringing best urban resilience experiences from Europe. Principles and processes of a resilient city’s construction and excellent examples of resilience development in European cities have been introduced to Zhuhai's Urban Planning and Technical Standard & Guidelines, laying the foundation for Zhuhai resilient city's development.

EC-Link experts also gave significant inputs to Zhuhai urban planning strategies in terms of management and protection of historical heritage. EC-Link contribution further enriches Zhuhai Urban Construction Archives (ZUCA) that, since 1983, constitutes the most important source of documentation for city’s urban planning, construction and management.

At the neighborhood level, a few micro plots and public seminars were held in a few of neighborhoods, encouraging public participation to realize the resilient city concept. Experts are to conduct a preliminary study for the city’s coastal areas -lover’s road. They will focus on creating a level and flood defense typology specific for the broader Zhuhai area by mapping the developing or transforming areas. 

Both European and Chinese sides agree to strengthen cooperation to help Chinese cities learn from European models, concepts and technologies of urban resilience.

The EC-Link project is a key component of the EU-China Partnership on Sustainable Urbanization, signed by the Chinese government and European Commission in May 2012. The initiative launched in November 2013 with the aim of assisting Chinese cities in implementing energy and resource-efficient measures by sharing experiences in sustainable urbanization with cities in Europe.

EC-Link Project at the 2019 EU-China Forum On Urban Scientific Research And Innovative Industry Development Forum
17 May, 2019

The EC-Link Project was invited to attend the 2019 EU-China Forum on Urban Scientific Research and Innovative Industry Development Forum, held in Tianjin on May 17, 2019.

China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) organized this fifth EU-China Forum on Urban Scientific Research and Innovative Industry Development focusing on Urban Development Powered by the Intelligent Economy.

The EC-Link Project also participated in the “Future of EU-China Smart Cities Forum”, which was an important opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas around urban scientific research and innovative industry development. 

The Forum saw the participation of European and Chinese city representatives, experts and high-tech corporate leaders, such as: Margit Noll, Chair, JPI Urban Europe Management Board; Mao Mingrui, CEO and Founder, Urban XYZ Co., Ltd.& Secretary General, Cloud Platform Innovation Center, Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design; Liu Daizong, China Sustainable Cities Program Director &China Transport Program Director, World Resources Institute (WRI).

During the forum, the participants shared multiple views in analyzing the sustainable development of smart cities, particularly in China, such as: the importance of keeping a good balance between urban and rural settlements, the urgency to provide tailored services according to cities needs, the urgency to develop transport systems in line with cities’ requirements, and also the importance to sustain such important development with integrated green finance support.

EC-Link Key Expert Gianluca Ghiara joined the panel discussion and focussed his intervention on two main elements: the importance to create a platform among all major stakeholders (both public and private) involved in sustainable urban and smart cities development. 

To achieve important goals and results it is necessary to create a structure of knowledge able to face the many challenges ahead. Moreover, it is essential to mobilize the public opinion: citizens need to feel and be actively involved as fundamental element of such evolution. Laws, regulations, technology evolution are fundamental only in the moment that people are fully engaged and understand the central role played. 

The Joint Declaration on the EU-China Partnership on Urbanisation signed by the EU and Chinese leaders in 2012 opened a new chapter for the EU-China urbanisation cooperation. Since then, the two sides have witnessed wider, deeper and more practical cooperation. EC-Link and CCUD are both working on expanding and deepening such urbanisation cooperation between Chinese and European cities. 

The event was also the occasion to reaffirm strong willingness from both EC-Link Project and CCUD to strengthen their on-going collaboration in multiple areas such as: Belt & Road Initiative, Municipal Green Finance and Climate Change Adaptation.

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UN Warns Poor Waste Management Threatens Human Settlement Globally
28 May, 2019

The United Nations on Tuesday warned that poor waste management threatens human settlement globally.

Andre Dzikus, coordinator of urban basic services branch at the UN Habitat, said that inadequate waste management coupled with increasing urbanization and population growth is becoming a major threat to humanity.

"We are calling on city authorities to join 'Waste wise cities campaign' to help them provide basic urban services that are crucial to creating a better quality of life of populations," Dzikus told journalists on the sidelines of the ongoing first UN-Habitat Assembly in Nairobi.

Dzikus revealed that 2 billion people currently do not have access to municipal solid waste collection services while another 3 billion people lack access to controlled waste disposal facilities. He warned that if not addressed, dumpsites will produce 8-12 percent of the global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

Source: China.org.cn - http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-05/28/content_74831887.htm

European Commission Launches ‘Europe’s Eyes on The Earth’ Roadshow
27 May, 2019

Copernicus is Europe’s system for monitoring the Earth and collects data from several satellites and sensors on the ground stations, in the air, and at sea. Data is collected for a wide range of applications, including environment protection, urban management, regional and local planning, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, health, transport, climate change, sustainable development, civil protection, and tourism.

Launched over 20 years ago, the programme is now the largest of its kind in the world. Seven satellites are currently in orbit producing more than 12 terabytes per day of high-resolution information for six key themes: land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management, and security.

Source: European Scientist - https://www.europeanscientist.com/en/public/europes-eyes-on-the-earth-roadshow/

European Cities Target Net-Zero Carbon Buildings By 2050
24 May, 2019

A coalition of eight European cities – including Madrid, Wroclaw, and Leeds – have pledged to completely decarbonise their existing building stocks by 2050.

The commitment is called Build Upon2 and is being convened by the World Green Building Council (WGBC).

It will see the cities collaboratively develop and implement a built environment renovation and retrofitting framework aimed at boosting residents’ wellbeing and local economies while dramatically reducing carbon emissions across all Scopes.

As the framework is implemented over the years, the cities will be required to use local-level data to lobby for national policymakers to set equally ambitious net-zero legislation for buildings.

Source: Euractiv - https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-strategy-2050/news/european-cities-target-net-zero-carbon-buildings-by-2050/

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EXTERNAL NEWS

Strengthening Planning And Usage Control And Achieving Quality Improvement Of Urban Delicacy Management
03 Jun, 2019

Zhuhai will systematically promote the national land space planning while taking into account both economic development and environmental protection.

It will further reconcile the provincial land space planning. By using the third national land survey results, it will simultaneously promote Zhuhai’s national land space planning, striving to complete before the end of the year and effectively playing the guiding role of strategy and the role of rigid control. The planning will consider both people’s livelihood and livability, to complete special and detailed planning at high level. It will complete the planning of forest towns, the overall planning of nature reserves, the planning of forest management and the planning of state-owned forest farms, the special plans for promotion of district-level urban renewal, so to promote the landmark projects such as urban balconies, Fenghuangshan Mountain and Banzhangshan Mountain viewing pavilions and to improve the urban livability. 

Source: WeChat — Guangdong Natural Resources

29 Key Projects Are Contracted In Wujin District Of Changzhou With A Total Investment Of RMB 18.95 Billion 
03 Jun, 2019

Recently, it was learned from the municipal housing and urban-rural development department that 19 projects including the project of construction of the Baizhang Cheliang Section of the Rail Transit Line No. 1 of Changzhou City, which is undertaken by the Third Construction Co., Ltd. of China Construction Eighth Engineering Division, were named one of “2018 New Technology Application Demonstration Projects of Jiangsu Construction Industry”. 

It is understood that the Provincial New Technology Application Demonstration Projects of Jiangsu Construction Industry refers to the projects that should apply at least 6 technologies stated in the 10 New Technologies in the Construction Industry as recognized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, at least 2 technologies in Jiangsu Province’s 10 New Technologies in the Construction Industry (2011 edition), and some other new technologies adopted by the enterprises themselves according to their project characteristics and features. The 10 new technologies proposed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development include the foundation and underground space engineering technology, concrete technology, steel and prestressing technology, formwork and scaffolding technology, steel structure technology, electromechanical installation engineering technology, green construction technology, waterproof technology, seismic strengthening and monitoring technology, and information application technology.

Source: http://www.changzhou.gov.cn/ns_news/160155952359861

Implementation Plan Of The PPP Project Of The Diversion Subproject Of The Second Water Source Project Of Guilin City 
01 Jun, 2019

Guilin Municipal Government held a meeting for jointly review the implementation plan of the PPP project — the water diversion subproject of the second water source project of Guilin City and the cost. Guilin invited senior experts and relevant functional departments of counties and districts to make suggestions for the project in order to create a replicable and scalable implementation paradigm in which the city’s water supply projects use social capital.

The second water source project of Guilin City is an important deployment of the Guilin Municipal Party Committee and the Municipal Government to implement the requirements of the State and Guangxi autonomous region on enhancing security of drinking water for the city. It is an urgent need for the city to improve water quality and supply security and meet the environmental protection requirements of water. It is composed of two parts: the water diversion subproject and the Xicheng water plant subproject. Among them, the water diversion subproject will use the PPP mode (Public-Private-Partnership), which is a model of cooperation between government and social capital. It includes the water intake at Qingshitan Reservoir (including tunnel) and the raw water pipeline, and will supply 400,000 tons of water per day — the designed supply capacity.

Source: http://www.guilin.gov.cn/cxjs/201905/t20190529_1159905.htm

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