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EC-Link Project Participated at the Fifteenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New Technologies and Products Expo
03 Apr, 2019

The EC-Link Project, funded by the European Union (DG DEVCO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD), participated in the Fifteenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New Technologies and Products Expo held in Shenzhen on April 3-4, 2019. During the event, high level European and Chinese speakers introduced and shared practical experiences of on-going EU-China International Programs in the Green Building Sector.

The EC-Link Project hosted a Forum entitled: “Sino-Europe Green Building & City Forum”.

The Forum saw also the participation of Local Government representatives, academicians, and Chinese private companies. Main objective of the Forum was to introduce European experiences and best practices in the Green Building Sector. It received great appreciation from the participating Chinese stakeholders, both in terms of knowledge sharing and potential for future cooperation with the Project (http://www.eclink.org/eclink/en/frontpage).

Andrea Claser, Team Leader of the EC-Link Project, introduced the Project and its purposes,highlighting the work it is doing to support the dialogue between European and Chinese cities and the correlated introduction of best practices among multiple sectors, such as: sustainable urban planning, green building, as well us water and waste management and municipal green finance.

At the Forum, the following Chinese and European experts were invited: GUO Zhenwei - Deputy Director, Green Building Research Center, Chinese Society for Urban Studies; Dirk Schwede - Director,Energy Design (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; WU Zhetao - Design Director, ISA-designLtd.co; Peter Sailer - Project Director, Sino-German Urbanization Partnership,GIZ and Stefan Schirmer - Senior Architect, German Energy Agency (DENA).

The focus of all presentations was to find,analysing different scales and angles, a successful correlation between energy efficiency and green building sector so to have greener urban development.

On the scale of green building, great attention was given to the importance of selecting the right technological solution according on different levels in terms of climate and resource efficiency. Mr. GUO Zhenwei introduced the practice that CSUS made which integrates the German DGNB system, British BREEM system and French HQE system by ‘dual certification’. Mr.Dirk Schwede introduced active house technologies analysing present policies and technologies and providing practical suggestions for their effective introduction within Chinese market. Mr. Stefan Schirmer explained dena’s approaches on promoting net-zero energy consumption building in hot and humid area. 

Moreover, speakers also touched upon the energy-saving approaches on city level. Mr. WU Zhetao introduced the concept of “living with ocean” facing climate change, and their practices in applying the concept into urban design, industry development and ecological environment of coastal cities in Europe and China. Mr. Peter Sailer explained the Energy Efficiency Policy in Germany, which provides a package of tools in order to reach the goal of reducing 40% GHG emission by 2025 (comparing to 1990).

The EC-Link Project is fully committed in supporting Chinese municipalities in reaching such ambitious goals. Indeed, the participation to the Expo, was also an occasion to meet with cities’ representatives, such as Zhuzhou, so to improve on-going cooperation activities.

For instance, in the frame of the pilot actions implemented by EC-Link in agreement with the cities of Guilin and Zhuzhou, a research paper “Design guidelines for energy-efficient residential buildings in the hot summer and cold winter climate zones in China” was elaborated, through the academic cooperation of Chinese and EU experts aimed at guiding Chinese cities not only on strategies and policies, but also on the best practices from European and Chinese cities.

Another pilot action, involving the Zhuzhou Municipality and the Stuttgart University, is on-going.It aims at contributing to the development of a localized Energy-efficient building code. Moreover, EC-Link is also cooperating with Qingdao municipality to develop municipal green finance projects for comprehensive energy efficiency improvement project for existing buildings; a similar cooperation will start soon also with Zhuzhou municipality.

“Green” is increasingly becoming a competitive selling point, as more and more Chinese municipalities and developers are placing a focus on green construction.

Reducing energy consumption in the building sector is one of the most important measures for global energy reduction and climate adaptation. The adoption of state-of-the-art green building technologies and solutions is a key part of China’s sustainability and environmental protection goals. Europe can support such significant developments with the necessary expertise in the full supply chain,covering planning & design, construction and operational stages. Scientific development philosophy must be steadily created and seriously implemented, so is the concept of urban sustainable development.

The EC-Link Project will continue its work to sustain cooperation and dialogue among European and Chinese cities so to support the best exchange of knowledge within the green building sector.

URBANIZATION NEWS

EU Defends Publishing Ship Emissions Data
06 Mar, 2019

The EU, under pressure from industry and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to harmonise its monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system with the IMO’s system, should still require ships registered outside the EU to report their data, the Commission said.

Publishing data on all ships will allow shipping customers to identify the most efficient ships, make fuel savings and thereby reduce CO2 emissions. The transparency of the EU system, unlike the IMO’s data collection system (DCS), will prevent dirty ships to pass them off as efficient. The Commission’s proposal also maintains other key elements of the EU’s MRV, such as reporting data showing ships’ air pollution in ports.

Source: Sea News - https://seanews.co.uk/environment/eu-defends-publishing-ship-emissions-data/

EXTERNAL NEWS

Luoyang Will Build 20 Community-Based Old-Age Care Service Centers 
01 Apr, 2019

On March 29, 2019 Luoyang government revealed that this year, the city will build 20 community-based old-age care service centers that combine both medical and old-age care service functions. 

The city-level and six county-level government demonstrating old-age care institutions will be completed and put into use. It will continuously renovate and upgrade townships’ old people’s nursing homes. For the three governments in the old-age care demonstrating counties of Yichuan, Songxian and Ruyang, they will take the lead in carrying out the services of medical assistance, food support, cleaning, bathing and patrol services; and built 3 home-based and community-based old-age care service demonstration zones in Jianxi, Xigong and Luolong. 

Sources: http://www.ly.gov.cn/lyzx/jrly/889105.shtml

EC-LINK NEWS

EC-Link Project in Qingdao to Develop Technical Training on Municipal Green Finance
02 Apr, 2019

EC-Link held a technical training on Green Municipal Finance in Qingdao meant to support Qingdao HURD and technical stakeholders (Sino-German Eco Park, China State Construction Engineering Corporation, China Academy of Building Research, and China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group) ECin developing municipal green finance projects.

In particular, the focus of the training was to assist Qingdao agencies in the financial planning of their projects so to link them to potential finance funds, banks and projects such as the Shandong Green Development Fund (SGDF), Felicity Project, KfW, ADB, AFD, etc.

Mr. Liu Yuyong, deputy director of the Housing and Rural-Urban Development Bureau, attended the meeting. He emphasized how, in recent years, the Bureau has comprehensively promoted green buildings by focusing on the concepts of green development and “transformation from old to new driving forces”. By leveraging on the opportunities of China-EU and Sino-German on-going cooperation, Qingdao established a green eco-zone index system and a low-carbon eco-city expert cooperation mechanism and adopted the international concept of green city to promote the construction of ecological urban areas such as in the Sino-German Eco Park.

EC Link Team, together with Qingdao HURD, conducted a set of site visits and worked with local project teams on data collection to have a better understanding of to the projects and effectively assess their potential for receiving future financing.

Indeed, EC Link Project plans to support the launching of one (or more) pilot project on municipal green financing in Qingdao. Through the introduction of capital coming from the Asian Development Bank, Kfw, Felicity (GIZ) as well as Shandong Green Development Fund, it will be possible so to enhance and expand international cooperation in the municipal green finance sector.

China Urban Green Finance – Third Network Meeting
18 Mar, 2019

EC-Link Project organized the China Urban Green Finance - Third Network Meeting at the European Embassy in Beijing. In line with on-going EC-Link Project’s activities, the Meeting was organized so to provide:

  • An overview of Green Finance investment framework in China;
  • Taxonomy of mechanisms to support Green Finance;
  • Assess the China case in relation to actual programs of support; 
  • Provide some recommendations on potential gaps which future support could bridge.

The meeting saw the participation of more than 40 people representing major European and Chinese stakeholders involved in the municipal green finance sector.

Within three hours of active discussion, Participants focused their attention towards three main topics:

  1. Ms. Jiu Miao (Director, Technology Promotion Center, MoHURD), presented “Outlooks and prospects of China’s green buildings and green industry”; focusing on ways to potential cooperation between the E.U. and China, hopefully setting same standards for green buildings;and due to present subsidies exist for green buildings in 14 Chinese provinces, how it’s possible incentivize developers to introduce in China best available technique within the sector.
  2. Mr. Christoph Nedopil Wang (Director of Greening the BRI, IIGF) presented “Green urban transport in China: an opportunity for green finance”; focusing on how to align the two worlds of green transportation design/tech/engineering and municipal green finance; highlighting how, due to the lack of knowledge within the transport sector, the finance community can contribute by spreading awareness within the sector.
  3. Finally, Mr. Gregor Grossman (Junior Advisor, Sustainable Infrastructure Alliance - GIZ), made a presentation on “Sustainable infrastructure standards in China and support for municipal green finance projects”; highlighting how there are standards differences between sectors as well as differences between countries. Standards need to use sustainability criteria that make it possible to compare projects across regions and countries. So, the standard has to have a certain amount of flexibility to set international best practice.

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

EC-Link Project To Support Luoyang HURD And Yibin District Actions In “Waste Management And Belt And Road Initiative”
06 Mar, 2019

On March 6th, 2019, EC-Link Project performed a mission to Luoyang with the purpose of strengthening cooperation with local HURD and Yibin District. 

EC-Link’s Delegation met with Luoyang HURD represented by Ms. Wang Fenjuan, the deputy director. EC-Link was asked to plan a series of joint trainings within the solid waste management sector, one of the 7 main sectors covered by the Project.

As explained during the meeting, Luoyang Municipality, through the work performed by Luoyang Van Resource Ltd, has the intention of developing a “comprehensive solid waste system” meant to create a sustainable and replicable method to manage construction waste generated every year by the Municipality.

To reach such an ambitious goal, local HURD and EC-Link will cooperate in the organization of a series of trainings dedicated both to public and private representatives, providing relevant and practical insights on Europe’s most advanced experience in the separation, classification and management of construction waste.

The Project will also allow Luoyang to strengthen the long-lasting cooperation with European municipalities and companies able to promptly answer to their needs.

EC-Link Delegation met also with Yibin District represented by Mr. Zhang Minkai, the deputy director.

Under the strong support of Luoyang Municipality, Yibin District is expected to become a future “Chinese ecological and environmental showcase” with the aim of finding the synthesis between local sustainable development and successful business development.

District’s representatives explained that the approved plan will focus towards three main areas: 

  • Improvement of present agricultural sector; 
  • Introduction of upscaling manufacturing solutions, and 
  • The development of a scientific innovation incubator.

On this regard, being Luoyang one of the main starting points of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, it was also proposed to EC-Link to jointly develop a research on “Industrial Innovation” reflecting the so-called Made in China 2025 strategy inspired by Germany’s “Industry 4.0” strategy.

This ambitious Plan, following the strong commitment and desire expressed by Yibin District and Luoyang Municipality, will have to be settled following best European experience with the final goal of initiating the “Sino-Europe (Luoyang) International Cooperation Industrial Park” destined to attract the best international enterprises and talents together for the creation of a liveable and eco-sustainable environment.

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URBANIZATION NEWS

EU Group Invites Feedback on Sustainable Finance Definition
14 Feb, 2019

The Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG) set up by the European Commission has requested feedback on the development of an EU-wide classification system for environmentally sustainable economic activities.

A unified taxonomy would make it possible to determine which investments, such as loans, stocks and bonds are environmentally sustainable, making it easier for market participants to finance these activities and limiting the risk of green-washing.

The taxonomy will lay the foundation for all other measures on sustainable finance. It will help investors, including individuals, invest their money in line with their sustainability preferences and build momentum for climate-friendly investments.

Source: Climate-KIC - https://www.climate-kic.org/news/feedback-sustainable-finance-definition/

The Beacon of Sustainable Finance In Europe Must Not Lose Its Flame
14 Feb, 2019

A few short months later, the European Commission released its Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth and soon after released the three legislative proposals that have shaped the progression of work since then, covering the disclosure of sustainability risks, a pan-European taxonomy to classify environmentally friendly activities, and low-carbon benchmarks.

The year since has brought with it tangible progress: the European Parliament is currently discussing amendments to the taxonomy that could see the introduction of stronger human rights safeguards for environmentally-friendly activities, as ShareAction and others have called for, while the final stages of negotiations on the Disclosure Regulation could secure reporting on sustainability risks for mainstream products, not just those in the green niche.

Source: Euractiv - https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/opinion/the-beacon-of-sustainable-finance-in-europe-must-not-lose-its-flame/

The Energy Transition Can Only Be Successful If Everybody Is Involved
14 Feb, 2019

The energy transition means a fundamental transformation of our societies and affects everybody's day-to-day life. It is not only about climate change, greenhouse gas reduction and the use of new technologies. It represents an opportunity for structural change where citizens need to play a key role. The issue of citizen participation is central.

“The energy transition cannot be successful if all stakeholders are not on board - we have to take into account the needs of all actors involved” said the president of the TEN section, Pierre Jean Coulon. “The reason we have energy is to serve a final purpose, to simplify citizens' life, including families and businesses. Without energy, our basic needs are not met: there is no education, health system or transport.”

Source: Renewable Energy Magazine - https://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/panorama/the-energy-transition-can-only-be-successful-20190214

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EXTERNAL NEWS

Liuzhou Focusing on Accelerating Construction of Major Projects
01 Apr, 2019

Recently, the “Implementation Plan for the Activities of the Year of Breaking Through in the Construction of Major Projects” (hereinafter referred to as the “Plan”) was issued by the General Office of the People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, aiming to focus on accelerating the construction of major projects and making breakthroughs during the construction. Many projects listed in the Plan are located in Liuzhou, including the Liuzhou-Guangzhou Railway Project and the Liuzhou Urban Rail Transit Project.

Among the industrial projects mentioned in the Plan, Liuzhou will strive to push forward the project of “Launching the Vehicle Valued More Than 100,000 Yuan”; establish the Liuzhou Dongfeng Motor Research and Development Center; further promote the development of new type transmissions and engines and push on the project of Liuzhou Smart Grid Industrial Park and the Liuzhou Intelligent Transportation Industrial Park. Finally, among the agricultural projects, Liuzhou will give impetus to the construction of the national modern agricultural industrial park in Liunan District. 

Sources: http://english.liuzhou.gov.cn/news/news1/201903/t20190321_1269553.htm

Hefei Accelerates the Improvement of Water Environment Quality 
01 Apr, 2019

In order to improve the flood control and drainage capacity of the Xuhe River and speed up the development and construction of the core area of the Binhu New District, Hefei government will take new measures for dredging of the Xuhe River System. A number of pollution control projects will be launched in the old city and the southern city to further improve the water environment quality of the Hefei downtown.

The Wulimiao Temple area will completely realize the diversion of rain water and sewage water.

It is said that the project for Xuhe River Dredging and Improvement of Riverside Auxiliary Facilities has entered the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) process. The project is generally east-west direction, ranging from Guangxi Road in the west to the Xuhe Pumping Station Gate in the east, with a total length of about 2.7 km.

The main contents of the project include pipe culvert, channel dredging, sewage interception along the river, water quality control, ecological restoration and other ancillary works for a total investment of 89.705 million yuan.

Sources: http: //www.hefei.gov.cn/xwzxdt/csbb/201903/t20190329_2744446.html

Guilin Accelerates the Construction of a Modern Urban Public Traffic System
01 Apr, 2019

Guilin will accelerate the creation of a modern urban public traffic system with the Guilin features of a “Comprehensive Connection, Green Mobility, Smart Travel, and Charming Public Traffic System”, to provide a safer, more convenient and comfortable traffic service for citizens and tourists.

The city will focus on accelerating the construction of an urban public traffic service system that is with the Transit Metropolis as a benchmark. It will speed up the construction of an urban public traffic service model with the characteristics of Green Mobility. And it will accelerate the construction of an urban public traffic service guarantee system with safety and stability as the bottom line. It will accelerate the establishment of urban public traffic management system based on technical means. Such important plan will require the supports of many departments and agencies involved in the urban public transport sector, to enable the people to share the results of transport reform and feel a sense of gain.

Sources: http: //www. guilin. gov. cn/cxjs/201903/t20190311_1099520. htm

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