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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/

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/

Geopolitics And The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
04 Jul, 2019

In June 2015, the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was agreed to by representatives of 50 countries in Beijing, China. The Bank started operating in January 2016 and its first four loans – totaling USD 509 million – were approved for Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Moreover, a location in Beijing was chosen as the headquarters of this new multilateral banking organization.

The AIIB started with an initial capital of USD 100 billion. In order to keep things in perspective, the sum is roughly equivalent to Ecuador’s GDP. So far, it has approved projects related to hydropower, energy, motorways, tourism, dams, pipelines, and ports, amongst others.

This venture has captured considerable interest. For instance, some economists foresee the AIIB becoming a formidable competitor of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, entities established within the framework of the Bretton Woods system during the aftermath of World War Two, and whose governance has been historically controlled by Atlanticist powers ever since. In fact, this reality still persists in the early 21st century. However, that is hardly surprising if one considers that – more often than not – intergovernmental institutions reflect the interests of their creators.

Source: Geopolitical Monitor - https://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/geopolitics-and-the-asian-infrastructure-investment-bank56/

Companies Profiting From Introduction Of Waste Separation Regulations
03 Jul, 2019

For a long time, most Chinese people have been accustomed to throwing away rubbish into bins at their will. This means that it may take some time for the process of "rubbish sorting" to fully embed itself into Chinese society, but some companies are already benefiting from such industry. 

On June 28, Jason Wang, the trade marketing manager of the UK-based household products seller Joseph Joseph, proudly introduced one of the brand's star products, a sortable rubbish bin, to a group of reporters at a supply-demand matchmaking meeting for exhibitors and buyers at the second China International Import Expo. 

The bin, which has special odor removing features, carries the high price of roughly 3000 yuan ($436). Despite the cost, price does not seem to be an issue for Chinese customers as the rubbish sorting trend sweeps across China. "We have sold out of this garbage sorting bin during this year's June 18 online shopping spree," Wang told reporters at the matchmaking meeting. Currently, the company is still replenishing stock for the bin.

Source: Global Times - http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1156610.shtml

Greening The Belt And Road Is Essential To Our Climate's Future
02 Jul, 2019

Climate change is the battle of the century. According to a 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report, the global temperature rise will likely 1.5°C as early as 2030. We may only have 12 years to act decisively in order to avoid catastrophic impacts on the planet and human beings. 

The focus of most climate action today is on cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by current major emitters in advanced and middle-income countries. However, GHG emissions from lower-income, developing countries, which are still comparatively small today, will likely grow strongly in the coming decades as those countries embark on a trajectory of urbanization and industrialization, just as Europe and the UK head towards net zero emissions. According to a joint study by Tsinghua University and Vivid Economics, the 126 Belt and Road countries, excluding China, currently account for about 20% of global GHG emissions, but this ratio may rise to around two-thirds by 2050 if the carbon intensity of these economies only falls slowly (in line with the historical patterns displayed by developed countries).

Source: World Economic Forum - https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/07/belt-and-road-climate-future-change-green/

Time Is Running Out For Sand
02 Jul, 2019

What links the building you live in, the glass you drink from and the computer you work on? Sand. It is a key ingredient of modern life and yet, astonishingly, no-one knows how much sand there is or how much is being mined.

Sand and gravel make up the most extracted group of materials, even exceeding fossil fuels. Urbanization and global population growth are fuelling an explosion in demand, especially in China, India and Africa. Roughly 32 billion to 50 billion tonnes are used globally each year, mainly for making concrete, glass and electronics. This exceeds the pace of natural renewal4 such that by mid-century, demand might outstrip supply. A lack of knowledge and oversight is allowing this unsustainable exploitation.

Source: Nature - https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02042-4

Why The Clean Energy Revolution Isn’t Taking Off In Russia
01 Jul, 2019

The world’s second-largest producer of crude oil and natural gas, Russia, has been said by many energy industry analysts to be too dependent on energy revenues. Indeed, the country gets as much as 40 percent of its federal revenues from oil and gas exports. And it's no secret that Russia isn't exactly famous for renewable energy. Does Russia have a future in a renewable energy world?

Forbes energy writer Ariel Cohen addressed this question in a recent article, adopting the optimistic view of renewables, noting “We have now entered the era of the renewable energy resource, whereby zero-emission electricity is generated via near unlimited inputs (solar radiation, wind, tides, hydrogen, and eventually, deuterium). Cutting-edge, smart electric grids, utility-scale storage, and electric self-driving vehicles – powered by everything from lithium-ion batteries to hydrogen fuel cells – are critical elements of this historic energy transition.”

Source: Oil Price - https://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Renewable-Energy/Why-The-Clean-Energy-Revolution-Isnt-Taking-Off-In-Russia.html#

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

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

The Pilot Project Of Guarantee Insurance For Qingdao City’s Construction Industry Produces Initial Results
31 May, 2019

In order to effectively solve the problem that it takes too much deposits in the construction industry that results in shortage in working capital in construction companies, since October 2018, the Municipal Housing and Urban-Rural Development Bureau has taken the lead in launching the pilot guarantee insurance project for the industry in the city. It carried out 5 types of insurances including construction project quality defect warranty, construction project owner payment, construction project bid, construction project contract performance, and migrant workers’ wages to replace the various types of deposits. Up to now, the city has carried out 2,366 transactions of various types of guarantee insurances, and saved corporate funds by RMB 1.73 billion, effectively alleviating the financial pressure on construction enterprises.

Source: http://sjw.qingdao.gov.cn/n28356047/n32561134/n32561154/190531133258785432.html

The City Started The Fifth Batch Of New Urbanization Demonstration Township Construction
31 May, 2019

The fifth batch of 14 new urbanization demonstration towns in Guilin City will be completed by the end of December 2020. By then, it will create a new pattern in Guilin where the urban and rural areas are integrated, the production and life spaces are well arranged, and a more harmonious and orderly prefecture will show to the world. The rural landscape improvement action plan is, during the three years (2019-2021) of time, to implement special environmental remediation for 12,836 villages in the prefecture that have barely invested by the government previously. This year, it will basically cover the improvement for 3,849 villages that will show initial results.

In the development of all projects, all counties and districts should make consensus, raise awareness, and earnestly enhance their sense of responsibility and urgency in promoting the new urbanization in townships and improving rural landscape in the three years. In addition, the projects should be carried out by looking into local economic foundations, natural conditions, historical culture and other factors, and adapting to local conditions with rational layout, while particularly preventing the manner of “one size fits all”. Projects should make good use of rural characteristics and local advantages, and create a pattern of “each village with a brand product, each village with a unique scenic spot, and each village with one special flavor”. Moreover, they should adhere to the philosophy of sustainable development, strengthen comprehensive environmental improvement in the demonstration towns and villages, and strive to build a Guilin “urban and rural integration, ecological beauty, cultural diversity, wealth and harmony”.

Source: http://www.guilin.gov.cn/cxjs/201905/t20190531_1160553.htm

24 Key Projects With A Total Investment Of RMB 7.4 Billion Being Launched In Changzhou New & Hi-Tech Zone 
31 May, 2019

Changzhou New & Hi-tech Zone held the second key project commencement ceremony on May 31, 2019. This ceremony inaugurated 24 key municipal and district projects, including Jiangsu Dechun High Voltage Electric Power Cabinet Project, with a total investment of RMB 7.4 billion.

In recent years, the New & Hi-tech Zone has conscientiously implemented the decisions and arrangements made by the municipal party committee and the municipal government, and took such major projects as top priority in the economic development. It puts efforts to project recruitment, and continuously improves project services. And it has made new breakthroughs in construction of major projects. Since the beginning of this year, it has introduced 47 new high-quality projects, with a total investment of RMB 40.57 billion. Moeover, the provincial government, on behalf of the municipality and the new & hi-tech zone, has signed with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to introduce the project of Integrated Application Innovation Service Platform of National Space Information. 8 provincial key projects, 59 municipal key projects (including 10 projects newly registered on book), and 182 key district projects are making solidly progress in accordance with the schedule.

Source: http://www.changzhou.gov.cn/ns_news/670155934939026

Hong Kong’s Harbourfront Commission Approves Plan For Eco-Friendly Footbridge Linking Central Wan Chai To Victoria Harbour
29 May, 2019

The proposed design of an eco-friendly footbridge meant to provide a faster, more enjoyable walk from central Wan Chai to the waterfront has been approved by Hong Kong’s harbour oversight body.

The Harbourfront Commission’s Hong Kong Island task force was in favour of the project on Tuesday, asking the government to merely fine-tune the proposed walkway with an eye to additional features such as food and drink concessions and more cover.

Source: South China Morning Post - https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3012190/hong-kongs-harbourfront-commission-approves-plan

The Municipal Housing And Urban-Rural Development Bureau Held The 2019 Meeting For Promotion Of Town-Level Sewage Treatment Facility Construction And Operation
28 May, 2019

In order to further accelerate the construction of the second batch of 16 town-level sewage treatment facilities in the city during the “13th Five-Year Plan”, enhance the operation of the completed town-level sewage treatment facilities, and realize the goal of building sewage treatment facilities across the town-level areas during the “13th Five-Year Plan”, the Liuzhou Municipal Housing and Urban-Rural Development Bureau organized and held the 2019 meeting for promotion of town-level sewage treatment facility construction and operation on the morning of May 28, 2019.

This year, the Autonomous Region’s Housing and Urban-Rural Development Department pointed out that it has included the construction of the second batch of 16 town-level sewage treatment facilities in Liuzhou during the “13th Five-Year Plan” into its plan of performance appraisal over local officials. It said that the project should be completed by the end of the year under the Performance Appraisal Requirements and the construction of sewage treatment fee collection mechanism in each county, district and township. It requires all departments and units should give full play to the role of performance appraisal manager to further encourage leaders and personnel at all levels to take up their responsibility. 

Source: http://www.lzhc.gov.cn/gzdt/201905/t20190528_1288795.html

Clean Hydrogen Power Can Refuel Debate For Transportation Industry
28 May, 2019

As the global energy transition unfolds, conventional power sources that rely on hydrocarbon-based fuels are gradually relinquishing market share to low and zero emission alternatives. These shifts have been most dramatic in the power sector, where cheap wind and solar energy have already started to displace dirty coal.

The transportation sector is no different. Full battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) like the Tesla Model 3, the Chevy Bolt, and the Toyota Prius Prime (respectively) are disrupting in an industry that has been dominated by the internal combustion engine (ICE) for the past 100 years. In fact, the electric vehicle market showed year-over-year growth of 57% in 2018 with over 3 million electric vehicles now on the road. But when it comes to substitutes for petroleum powered engines, electric cars aren’t the only game in town.

China has committed to further research into hydrogen production into its transportation sector, with China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. indicating continued progress in its hydrogen industry plan. Government subsidies have already helped propel China to become an industry leader in renewable energy and electric vehicles.

Source: Forbes - https://www.forbes.com/sites/arielcohen/2019/05/28/clean-hydrogen-power-can-refuel-debate-for-transportation-industry/#2c430bce691a

China Is Refusing To Take 'Foreign Garbage' From The US, So These 6 Cities Are Burning Or Throwing Away Your Recycling
28 May, 2019

Prior to 2018, most of the country's recycled waste was shipped to China, where it was converted into new uses like shoes, gadgets, and plastic products. That all changed on January 1, 2018, when China officially banned the import of "foreign garbage," a category that includes 24 types of recyclable and solid waste. 

Though China previously sorted through waste to separate out recyclable materials, officials determined that there was too much trash mixed in to make it worth their while. Now Malaysia, which became a prime dumping ground for the world's plastic in the wake of China's ban, faces a similar issue.

Source: Stamford Advocate - https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/China-is-refusing-to-take-foreign-garbage-13828932.php

FCC To Develop Energy-From-Waste Facility In Scotland
28 May, 2019

The modern waste management compound sponsored by FCC, whose construction will involve the investment of 350 million pounds (around 400 million euro), is designed to respond to this deficit, whilst maintaining the current employment at Greengairs.

Central to the plan will be the construction of an energy-from-waste facility (EfW), the Drumgray Energy Recovery Centre (DERC), that will receive pre-treated residual, non-recyclable, non-hazardous waste otherwise destined for landfill. FCC will use EfW technology to thermally treat the waste to generate electricity and heat. The Drumgray ERC will accept up to 300,000 tonnes of residual household and business waste per year, enough to export circa 25.5 megawatts of electricity and the potential to supply heat to local homes and businesses.

Source: Waste 360 - https://www.waste360.com/waste-energy/fcc-develop-energy-waste-facility-scotland

Promoting The Integration Of Luohe River And Jihe River To Build A Demonstration Zone For Modern Metropolitan Areas In Northwestern Henan
27 May, 2019

The city has accelerated its integration-based development with cities in northwestern Henan such as Pingdingshan, Sanmenxia and Jiyuan. This is made in order to thoroughly implement the State Council’s decision-making arrangements for nurturing the development of modern metropolitan areas; and it is also to implement the new strategic positioning of Luoyang proposed in the provincial tenth party congress that calls for comprehensively promoting the construction of a transformative and innovative development demonstration. Among the nearby cities, Jiyuan is closely adjacent to Luoyang; its transportation is closely linked to Luoyang; and the cooperation shows a very long history. In order to promote the integrated development of transportation infrastructure between Luoyang City and Jiyuan City, Luoyang’s Municipal Political Consultative Conference and Jiyuan’s Municipal Political Consultative Conference jointly organized a research over the Luoyang-Jiyuan Integration. Our Commission also participated in the special research group to investigate the infrastructure construction of the two cities.

Source: http://www.ly.gov.cn/zwgk/zwdt/bmdt/895207.shtml

Sustainability Is The Need Of The Hour For Real Estate Sector
23 May, 2019

Sustainable Living has been gaining significant importance owing to the mindset change among the environment conscious individuals. The rapid degradation of the planet and resulting ill-effects on the environment has sounded alarm bells globally. The call for sustainable living has come about due to rapid urbanization, and the cities turning into concrete jungles. The fast depleting green cover and open areas have given way to high rises and concrete blocks. There has been a growing concern among people to safeguard and protect the planet from self-destruction. Real Estate developers need to work cohesively towards building a sustainable future for the coming generations as well.

Source: Entrepreneur - https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/334184

World Bank Loans To Support Green Infrastructure In Yangtze River Delta
23 May, 2019

The World Bank has approved a 200-million-U.S.-dollar loan to support green urban investments in China's Yangtze River Delta region.

The bank's board of executive directors approved the loan to the green urban financing and innovation project, which will help launch and operate the Shanghai Green Urban Financing and Services Co. to focus on sectors of water, wastewater and solid waste management.

The project will bring innovative solutions to help China meet its environmental investment needs and achieve its climate targets under its nationally determined contribution, said Martin Raiser, World Bank country director for China.

The bank expects the country's environmental infrastructure financing needs between 2014 and 2030 to be between 40.3 trillion yuan (about 5.8 trillion U.S. dollars) and 70.1 trillion yuan. Low-cost, long-term financing mechanisms are urgently needed, especially for small cities and towns whose infrastructure needs are poorly served by current financing frameworks.

Source: China.org.cn - http://www.china.org.cn/business/2019-05/23/content_74813749.htm

Qingdao Municipal Housing And Urban-Rural Development Bureau Actively Made “The Pingdu-Laixi Breakthrough”.
22 May, 2019

In recent years, the Municipal Housing and Urban-Rural Development Bureau has greatly shifted the driving forces of construction industry. It vigorously promoted the development of prefabricated buildings and green buildings, and actively carried out investment promotion that builds a solid foundation for enterprises to invest and settle down in the prefecture. Through the early active visits and negotiations, on May 16, 2019, the Pingdu Municipal People’s Government and China Construction Science & Technology Co., Ltd. held the cooperation signing ceremony in Beijing. 

Deputy mayor LIU Jianjun expressed his heartfelt congratulations on the cooperation between the two parties. He expressed that Qingdao Municipality will continue to increase policy support, improve the application scales and technology levels of fabricated building, and provide follow-up services to encourage enterprises to explore potential market space. The Municipal Housing and Urban-Rural Development Bureau and Pingdu Municipal People’s Government will strengthen the cooperation to promote the development of prefabricated buildings and green buildings in the city, which will increase both economic and social benefits.

Source: http://sjw.qingdao.gov.cn/n28356047/n32561134/n32561154/190522165453338017.html

China Uniquely Placed To ‘Green’ Shipping
21 May, 2019

In a world where 80% of the volume of international trade is carried by ship, China has a far bigger role in “greening” global trade than most people realise. The global shipping sector emits more of these gases each year than all but the top five emitting countries, at almost 1 gigatons of CO2 equivalent. Getting these emissions under control had eluded governments for more than 20 years, after the 1997 Kyoto protocol tasked them with working through the IMO to do so. China’s support was crucial to the adoption of the UN International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) landmark deal to at least halve the global shipping sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, signed in April last year by more than 100 IMO member states.

Source: China Dialogue Ocean - https://chinadialogueocean.net/8170-china-uniquely-placed-to-green-shipping/

UK Aims To Be Global Green Finance Hub
20 May, 2019

A UK government minister said that one of the priorities for the country after it leaves the European Union is to become a global hub for green finance.

John Glen MP, economic secretary to the Treasury, gave a keynote speech at the City Week 2019 conference in London this morning. Glen said other priorities, in addition to green finance, are fintech, India and China.

He said: “More than 100 green bonds have been listed in London to date, from 16 countries raising $26bn (€23bn). Our aim is to establish the UK as the undisputed global hub of green finance, with links to all the major markets.”

Glen noted that in addition to green bonds, other initiatives gaining traction include green loans, green mortgages and environmental, social and governance (ESG) exchange-traded funds. 

Source: Markets Media - https://www.marketsmedia.com/uk-aims-to-be-global-green-finance-hub/

EU Cities Join Forces For More Sustainable Tourism
14 May, 2019

Up to 26 cities, including Copenhagen in Denmark, Lanzarote in Spain and Krakow in Poland, have signed a charter of commitments that reflects the intention of local and regional authorities to reduce waste generation and transition towards a circular economy.

Tourism is the third largest economic sector in the EU and is closely interlinked with other important areas like culture, food and even sports.

But tourism, as well as other leisure activities, is associated with a significant environmental impact resulting from infrastructure, transport and waste generation, as well as water and energy consumption.

“Tourism has an important socio-economic impact but also negative consequences due to unsustainable consumption,” project manager Michelle Perello explained during the final conference of the Urban Waste project for waste management in tourist cities, last week in Brussels.

Source: Euractiv - https://www.euractiv.com/section/circular-economy/news/eu-cities-join-forces-for-more-sustainable-tourism/

Strengthening The Protection Of Historical Culture, Guiding The Counties To Promote The Delineation Of Historical And Cultural Blocks And Of Historical Buildings
14 May, 2019

On May 10, 2019, the Municipal Housing and Urban-Rural Development Bureau organized a training for the heads and backbones of the housing and urban-rural development bureaus of counties under the jurisdiction of Liuzhou, in order to enhance their capability in historical and cultural block demarcation and historical building confirmation.

This training emphasizes the importance of fully comprehending and thoroughly implementing the important speech spirit of President Xi Jinping during his Guangzhou inspection, and the importance of strengthening the protection of historical culture and enhancing cultural self-confidence. The training made specific interpretation and experience sharing in regards to the criterions of delineation of historical and cultural blocks, discovery and publication of historical buildings, planning, filing and listing, repair and maintenance technologies, based on the sorting and summary of the prefecture’s experiences of delineating the historical and cultural blocks and determining the historical building; and by looking into the requirements for launching the historical building survey and determination in counties across-the-board that were not designated as historical and cultural cities previously as required by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development in 2019. 

Source: http://www.lzhc.gov.cn/gzdt/201905/t20190514_1284589.html

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06 May, 2019

New rules and initiatives to support communities wanting to produce their own renewable energy could help ordinary people play a key role in the European Union’s transition to clean energy.

These moves, which include new EU legislation and the rollout of so-called living labs around Europe, look set to bolster people’s growing push to get involved in producing clean energy.

As renewables have become more market-driven and regulation has lagged, however, community-based initiatives have struggled to compete because of the lack of consistent and clear frameworks to support them.

But things could change following the introduction of new clean energy rules adopted by the European Parliament in March, which are set to take effect early next year. The rules aim to support people in their efforts to establish their own energy projects and consume, store and sell what they produce. No common EU rules for such ‘prosumers’ previously existed.  

Source: Horizon - https://horizon-magazine.eu/article/homemade-energy-gets-boost-go-mainstream.html

Persevere In Ecological Environmental Protection
01 May, 2019

On the morning of May 31, Mr. WEI Ge, member of the Standing Committee of the Municipal Party Committee and Secretary-General of the Committee, led a team to research the ecological environmental protection and the implementation of the Forestry Leader System in the Sanhe National Wetland Park in Feixi County, Anhui Province. At the site, they observed the Taiping Dyke in the Sanhe National Wetland Park, the Sanchahe Section of the Yangtze River-Huaihe River Diversion Project.

The research team pointed out that it is necessary to set up the concept of ecological priority and green development, to thoroughly implement the ecological ideology of Mr. Xi Jinping, to handle the relationship between economic development and environmental protection, and to do a good job in ecological environmental protection. It is necessary to apply the suggestion of “look back” and the special inspection proposed by the central environmental protection inspector, to be creative in the work, to improve the style of work, and to comprehensively improve the management of Chaohu Lake. The team added it is necessary to implement the Forestry Leader System, improve the rules and mechanism, tighten the chain of responsibility, and implement the “leaders” responsibility system at all levels.

Source: http://www.hefei.gov.cn/xwzxdt/hfyw/201906/t20190601_2803980.html

China’s First Passive Forest Park Hotel Passed The Acceptance
23 Apr, 2019

On April 17, the passive energy-efficient renovation project of Shennongwan International Healthcare Holiday Hotel (Shennongwan Hotel), which was built by the Mightier Group’s Energy Efficient Housing Co., Ltd., passed the acceptance organized by Party A —and will open on May 1.

Shennongwan Hotel is located in Shennong Valley National Forest Park, Yanling County, Zhuzhou City, Hunan Province. It consists of one three-storey building and two two-storey buildings with a total construction area of 7,940 m2. The hotel’s acceptance marks the birth of the first passive hotel of Forest Park in China. The project is also the largest passive energy-efficient renovation project so far among such existing buildings known to the world.

The Shennong Valley Forest Park where the hotel is located is deep into the Luoxiao Mountains. The annual temperature there is low and the humidity is especially high, with an average annual rate of about 88%. Usually, tourists can only lodge in the surrounding farmers’ homestays, and the quilts will be easily damped and become musty that make them unbearable. After the passive transformation, it can not only solve the problem of mold in the rooms caused by indoor humidity, but can also effectively save energy and reduce operating costs.

Source: WeChat article: Nine-Five Green Building

The Enlightenment of Barcelona’s Development of Green and Smart City
04 Apr, 2019

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.

Sources: http://www.csso.com.cn/r1.php?id=5022

Xixian Planning to Develop Ecological Environment Management Projects In Fengxi New City
02 Apr, 2019

On April 2, Mr. YUE Huafeng, Chairman of Xi’an Municipal Political Consultative Conference and Secretary of the Party Working Committee of Xixian New District, investigated the construction of key projects in Fengxi New City. YUE Huafeng inspected the parks’ greening, river water quality, and learned about the project planning and progress in detail, and fully affirmed the project’s progress and effectiveness. He said that the Xinweisha Wetland Park is of great significance for improving the surrounding environment of the Western China Science and Technology Innovation Harbour Wisdom Uni-Town and improving the overall ecological environment of the Fengxi New City. 

Sources: http: //www.xixianxinqu.gov.cn/xwzx/xxyw/62833.htm

Qingdao Launched the “Six Hard Marine Battles”
02 Apr, 2019

Just two months after the contract was signed, the Qingdao Oceanic Vitality Zone, which invested 100 billion yuan, has begun the planning to construct a “City of the Future” in the West Coast New District in Qingdao. The series of promotion activities of Qingdao Port, themed as “Ocean Planning & Managing and Bonding & Co-developing the Port and the City (Linyi City)”, continued to further extend to the interior hinterland, allowing “the Sea Gate to bond the Central Plains”. 

The ocean is where Qingdao’s outstanding advantages and characteristics lie. At the beginning of the New Year, Qingdao has launched a “marine battles” that is aimed to replace old driving forces with new ones and promote high-quality development. It aims putting efforts to “six hard marine battles” in the areas of marine industry, marine ports, opening up, marine science and technology, marine ecology and marine culture. It is trying to turn its marine scientific research advantages and talent advantages into its industrial advantages, so to take the lead among the brother cities in the country in developing high-quality marine economy, and create a strong ocean economy with international appeal, competitiveness and influence.

Sources: http://www.qingdao.gov.cn/n172/n1530/n32936/190402083845922265.html

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

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

Water Square Made up of Collected Rainwater in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
01 Apr, 2019

The Benthemplein Water Square is the world’s first water public space made up of collected rainwater. Located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the square not only provides an outdoor sports venue for the public, but also provides a theatre for local residents and tourists. The Water Square uses its proud rainwater harvesting technology to store water in publicly visible basins. It brings a touch of green to the densely populated Rotterdam. The square is also a versatile sports area for basketball, football, hockey and some street sports, and even has some stands in the surrounding. 

The irrigation of the flowers and trees is supplied by the automatic water discharge system, while the rainwater flows through the steel trough. The steel trough is laid according to the shape of the square. As a complement to the surrounding buildings, the water square redefined the public space and provides a self-sustaining green space for the surrounding community.

Sources: http://www.chla.com.cn/htm/2016/0322/247542_3.html

Berlin: Renewable Energy Capital
01 Apr, 2019

As the same with the whole Germany, Berlin no longer wants to just rely solely on a single new source of energy to provide electricity, but instead uses a kind of “wolves tactics” – a combination of hydro, wind, geothermal, solar, garbage biogas, biogas, or biomass, fuel cells, electric vehicles, etc. to feasibly and comprehensively advance to develop all possible energy technologies.

Relying on Germany’s strong and advanced technical strength, this idea that is seemingly fancy and arrogant does have the potential to be realized. Based on its talents and political advantages, Berlin has achieved a leading position in the world of its new energy development.

According to the statistics of the Berlin Municipal Government, the local solar energy industry accounts for 35% of all Germany, ranking the first in the country and this figure is still increasing. The Renewable Energy Law, which came into effect in 2000, not only proposes preferential policies such as compulsory power purchase and high-priced subsidies, but also sets up the differential subsidies for a variety of types of renewable energies in order to better match energy investments with different technologies and different costs. In addition, the subsidy period lasts up to 20 years, and it is a fixed rate, which allows investors to accurately calculate when their investment cost can be recovered and profitable. It is no wonder that the world’s major companies are rushing to Berlin. Not only solar energy, other renewable energies such as wind power, biomass and hydropower can be subsidized, but there are different subsidy rates due to different technology costs. 

Sources: http://www.chinagoabroad.com/zh/article/berlin-the-city-of-renewable-energy

Barcelona’s Superblock is the Charm of the City!
01 Apr, 2019

In order to improve the livability, vitality and competitiveness of the city and improve the living environment for the residents, Barcelona put forward the concept of “letting the streets serve for living from just for commutation”.

Based on this concept, Barcelona launched a program called “Superblock”, which does not mean constructing new buildings, but instead reutilizing the existing spaces to create a community that will have a series of quiet, comfortable, green spaces and service facilities. The Superblock is rebuilt based on the existing block texture in Barcelona. Within the blocks, it is mainly for the pedestrians and cyclists; while outside the blocks, it is for frequent motor vehicle flow, thus creating more public spaces and green environments for the block.

Sources: http://www.sohu.com/a/230526727_100166571

Zhuzhou Planning to Invest 634 Million Yuan in Promoting Green Action
01 Apr, 2019

On March 29, the Municipal Bureau of Landscape officially issued Zhuzhou City’s 2019 Landscaping Construction Plan for Creation of a National Ecological Garden City (hereinafter referred to as the “Plan”), confirming that Zhuzhou municipality is planning numerous projects within the “green welfare” sector.  Projects are divided into seven categories: parks, wetland landscapes, urban green corridors, road and square greening, upgrading the greening of old community’s landscapes, public toilet construction and others. A total of 61 green projects are planned for the year, with an annual total planned investment of 634 million yuan.  

Main infrastructure projects will be promoted to support the sustainable and efficient development of all planned projects.

 The urban green corridors are an important “skeleton” for the city. This year, the Ecological Landscape Belt at the Xiawan Port, the Ecological Landscape Belt at the Tianyuan District Self-employment Park, the Central Avenue’s Landscape Belt, the Shennong Ecological Belt, and the Civic Center Landscape, will be built as fast as possible. 

Sources: http://www.zhuzhou.gov.cn/articles/626/2019-3/218609.html

Zhuhai City Plans to Invest 143 Projects with a Total Investment of 96 Billion Yuan
01 Apr, 2019

Recently, the Municipal Development and Reform Bureau issued the Notice for Soliciting Public Opinion on the Three-Year Rolling Plan of the Government Investment Projects in Zhuhai City in 2019-2021. The municipal government plans to invest 143 projects in the next three years, with a total investment of 96 billion yuan.

Among the 143 projects, 51 unfinished projects will be continued in 2019. In the same year, 59 new projects are to be commenced as planned. In 2020, 31 new projects are to be commenced. And in 2021, 2 new projects will be commenced as planned.

The reporter reviewed the Notice and found that the 143 government-invested projects are mainly divided into 9 categories: rural infrastructure projects, medical health projects, culture and arts and sports projects, public education projects, public safety and social security projects, ecological protection and environmental governance projects, transportation infrastructure projects, municipal infrastructure projects, and other public service projects.

Sources: http://www.zhuhai.gov.cn/xw/xwzx_44483/zhyw/201904/t20190402_53218005.html

The Future of The Car in Amsterdam
29 Mar, 2019

More room for pedestrians, cyclists, playing children and green space – which means less room for cars. This is the vision of the College of Mayor and Alderpersons for the future of Amsterdam. Measures have already been taken to achieve it, including increasing parking tariffs and reducing the number of parking spaces.

Sources: https://www.amsterdam.nl/en/news/car-future/

Loan for Qingdao Business Start-ups Exceeded 2.5 Billion Yuan
29 Mar, 2019

In recent years, Qingdao Municipal Finance Department has fully exerted in fully supporting guaranteed loans for start-ups in accordance with the principles of high starting point, high architecture and wide inclusiveness. Up to now, the financial institutions in the city have issued 19,800 guaranteed loans for start-ups, worth 2.5 billion yuan. The loans have been used to promote entrepreneurship, and promote employment of more than 66,000 persons. With such practical actions, the Municipal Finance Department supports the development of the private economy, and promotes mass entrepreneurship.

Within such process, Qingdao Municipal Government is stickily focusing on three main elements: First is to increase policy support and help break the bottleneck in venture financing; Second is to improve the guarantee support system to reduce the cost of venture financing.; Third to innovate the credit guarantee model to lower the threshold for venture financing.

Sources: http://www.qingdao.gov.cn/n172/n24624151/n24626115/n24626129/n24626157/190329153207051480.html

Qingdao to Promote High-quality Development of Regional Economy
29 Mar, 2019

In 2018, Jimo District in Qingdao accelerated the comprehensive finance and wealth management reform, by taking the spirit of “replacement of old driving forces with new ones” as its main thread. It established the country’s first fund incubation base controlled by the regional equity market operation institution  to build a comprehensive service platform that covers the full fund industry chain of “fundraising, investment, management and exit”. By such efforts, it aims to promote a virtuous cycle and healthy development between the economy and finance, and inject new vitality into the economy for high-quality regional development.

At present, the Fund Workshop has attracted 71 private equity funds such as Morgan Stanley Securities, CITIC Securities, Taifu Excellence, Henglan Zelin, etc. The total scale of funds management is over 20 billion yuan. Moreover, the Fund can play the function of investment attraction; successfully introducing some emerging industries within Jimo District. 

Sources: http://www.qingdao.gov.cn/n172/n24624151/n24626115/n24626129/n24626157/190329163236683038.html

Qingdao Seeks to Increase Governmental Debt Limits to Support the City’s Key Project Construction
29 Mar, 2019

Since 2015 when the new budget law came into force, issuance of local government bonds has become the only way for the government’s debt financing. Under the correct leadership of the municipal party committee and municipal government, the Municipal Finance Department actively reported to China’s Ministry of Finance on the financial pressure faced by the city in the construction of major public welfare projects, and obtained an understanding and strong support from the Ministry. 

According to the unified deployment of the Ministry of Finance and the principle of “Issue early, fund-use early, and see early effectiveness”, the city has launched this year’s government bond issuance in January. Up to now, it has successfully issued 10.2 billion yuan of local government bonds, including 5.7 billion yuan of general bonds, and 4.5 billion yuan of special bonds. The raised money will provide a strong financial support for the construction of public welfare projects such as traffic system, Yellow-river West-east Diversion Project, and shantytown renovation.

In the next step, the city will promptly and scientifically allocate the newly-increased debt limits in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Finance. It will further accelerate the bond issuance. And it will use the raised funds to increase financial support for key projects of national, provincial and municipal governments, so to make better play of government bonds to stabilize investments, expand domestic demand and strengthen the economy weak points.

Sources: http://www.qingdao.gov.cn/n172/n24624151/n24626115/n24626129/n24626157/190329163721485534.html

Bologna New Urban Structure Planning
28 Mar, 2019

Located in northern Italy, Bologna is the capital of Emilia-Romagna province. It is one of the oldest cities in Italy and has a rich history and experience of urban planning. In July 2007, Bologna cancelled its original land-use-oriented regional spatial planning. It approved a new planning system that is composed of the Urban Structure Planning (PSC: Piano Strutturale Communale), Urban Planning and Construction Regulations (RUE: Regolamento Urbanistico Edilizo) and Urban Action Plan (POC: Piano Operativo Comunale). 

In this system, the Urban Structure Planning will analyze the process of urban development and spatial extension, propose development strategies that can be coordinated with other cities, and specify physical spaces for these development strategies. The Urban Planning and Construction Regulations proposes a series of rules for urban development, to connect and integrate different “urban elements” (building units, open spaces, etc.) and urban segments. The Urban Action Plan organizes to implement relevant projects and formulate policies based on the formulated strategy and developmental priorities proposed in the Urban Structural Planning. 

Sources: https://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2985856

Xixian investigating the treatment of Black and Odorous Water in Fengxi New 
28 Mar, 2019

CHEN Mo, member of the Party Working Committee of the New District and Chief Planner, investigated the treatment of black and odorous water in the Fengxi New City. 

Mr. CHEN Mo also reviewed the progress of the Xinhe River remediation project and the water quality. He exhorted that all on-going projects  should adhere to the treatment standards such as“controlling source of wastewater, enhancing endogenous treatment, dredging runoff water, ecological restoration, and long-term management”, ensuring that all sections not be ignored, the order not be in chaos, and the standard not be reduced. Then, it is necessary to strengthen institutional development, establish a long-term mechanism, implement the “river-supervisor system”, strengthen the rule of law, and effectively improve the quality and efficiency of long-term management.

Sources: http://www.xixianxinqu.gov.cn/xwzx/xxdt/59675.htm

Accelerate the Promotion of New Energy Vehicles
28 Mar, 2019

Liuzhou City is launching a series of exchange activities for the development and promotion of new energy vehicles. 

At the event, more than 100 new energy vehicles of different models, such as Baojun E100, Baojun E200 and Lingzhi M5EV, brought by the "Promotion Team" from Liuzhou, impressed the government officials and citizens in Laibin City. The officials of Laibin City learned more about the new energy vehicles, personally took part in a test drive, and then signed a memorandum of understanding on the new energy vehicle promotion between the two cities. Feng Haifeng, Member of the Standing Committee and Head of the Organization Department of the CPC Laibin Municipal Committee, expressed admiration for the way in which Liuzhou promoted new energy vehicles. He said that Laibin City would fully support the promotion of the "Liuzhou Model" of the new energy vehicles, so as to strive to advance the healthy and rapid development of new energy vehicle industry in Laibin City as a whole.

Source: http://english.liuzhou.gov.cn/news/news1/201903/t20190314_1267792.htm

“Hefei Made” Talent Apartment Becomes a Provincial Architectural Demonstration Project
25 Mar, 2019

On March 25th, 34 projects of the city were officially selected into the Anhui Provincial Green Building and Prefabricated Building Demonstration Project. Among them, Hefei has got a number of talent apartment projects selected into one major Demonstration Project showing that the city’s architecture industrialization level is steadily improving.

The Provincial Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development requires prefectural-level housing and urban-rural development departments to include the organization and implementation of the demonstration project into their key agenda, strictly supervise the demonstration project construction units to refine their project implementation plan, and organize the construction in an orderly manner. According to the plan, this year’s green buildings in the province will account for 45% of the newly built residential area, and the proportion of prefabricated buildings to the newly built building area will strive to reach 10%.

The Provincial Department hopes locals to ensure that the demonstration objectives and tasks be completed on schedule, so to successfully promote the high quality development of green buildings and prefabricated buildings in the province.

Sources: http://www.hefei.gov.cn/xwzxdt/csbb/201903/t20190326_2742284.html

Weihai City Launched the “2019 World Water Day and China Water Week” Campaign
23 Mar, 2019

On March 22, the publicity campaign called “Water Nourishing Weihai” – 2019 “World Water Day and China Water Week” – was launched in Weihai City. The City leaders ZHANG Hongwei, LI Wenji, GAO Shuliang and LI Shufang attended the event. GAO Shuliang pointed out that all departments and agencies at all levels should, by taking this event as an opportunity, bear in mind what the General Secretary XI Jinping enthusiastically said that “Weihai should develop towards an exquisite city”, and should meet the requirements of the municipal party committee and municipal government for fully assuring water security. He said departments and agencies at all levels should enhance cooperation, and jointly manage to do the “five issues”: to broadly store water, to trap rainfall water and other externally-introduced water, to desalinate sea water, to use reclaimed water, and to treat sewage water. The theme of this year’s “China Water Week” is “to adhere to water conservation priority and strengthen water resources management”. In recent years, the city has adhered to water conservation priority, and taps to new source of water. So far, the city has invested more than 5 billion yuan to implement a number of major projects such as rainwater resource utilization and river and reservoir greening and remediation. It has successfully won the approvals to create a pilot city for water-saving social innovation in China, so to ensure the city’s economic and social development.

Sources: http://www.weihai.gov.cn/art/2019/3/23/art_16952_1589545.html

Buiksloterham - Eco-City Case in Netherlands 
21 Mar, 2019

Buiksloterham is an ecological city in Amsterdam with areas of mixed functions or mixed usages. For example, a futuristic residential cluster is with an area of 100 hectares, and 1 million square meters of floor space, FSI = 1. It has 2700 inhabitant residences + 2000 private residences (collectives). In half of the residential houses, residents will be of large families, that is to say, families live together for a number of generations. In the Netherlands, this is called concentrated property development. While in the other half, their developments are led by the municipal government, mainly for some welfare housing or self-purchased housing. But development of the first type is mainly led by private owners.

Eva Lanxmeer

This is a small city with 244 households in the suburb. As you can see from the picture below, this small town is very green with very high green coverage ratio. People here hope to develop the area into an eco-city, and has made a good attempt. The public is very enthusiastic about developing eco-city. Local people implemented specific measures. The project has received great support from the local government.

The collection and use of rainwater made water reuse more efficient. All water resources are collected into a basin and processed through the sewage treatment system. In addition, the power generation system is also locally owned. So it can be said that this area is basically the best case for ecological protection.

Sources: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s__biz=MjM5Nzc3MjYwMQ==&mid=2650642896&idx=2&sn=2891fe801bf84145368dff12f5361d54&chksm=beddd58689aa5c90d4ab52239eb810da773766780027bf67479678ebbb7b34b0a3214ccc5a08

GWL Terre & Heerhugowaard - Eco-City Case in Netherlands 
20 Mar, 2019

GWL Tterrein is a district of Amsterdam. It used to be the site of natural gas and hydropower plants. The specific measures were taken for the district redevelopment and were initiated and planned by the local people.

The specifics are as follows: all the cars in the entire area are parked underground. No parking car can be seen from the ground. Some roofs are green. The area with more than 100 households is very densely dwelled. It has some high-rise buildings as well. These areas are similar to some residential areas with busy traffic that people usually see. As shown in the picture below, the highlight is its re-development and re-utilization of the sites of some original factories, and it is therefore famous.

In Heerhugowaard, solar panels are available in every house in this suburb to collect solar energy. There are more than 3,000 homes in this area, and each house has solar panels on the roof to collect solar energy. In terms of population density, this area is basically equal to a medium-dense city. In addition, this area also enjoys wind farms. Wind power and solar energy make the area energy-independent.

Sources: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s__biz=MjM5Nzc3MjYwMQ==&mid=2650642896&idx=2&sn=2891fe801bf84145368dff12f5361d54&chksm=beddd58689aa5c90d4ab52239eb810da773766780027bf67479678ebbb7b34b0a3214ccc5a08&scene=4#wechat_redirect

Guilin Vigorously Promotes the Construction of New Energy Vehicle Charging Points
18 Mar, 2019

In recent years, Guilin has successively implemented a number of low-carbon demonstration projects, mainly focusing on accelerating the construction of low-carbon transportation, and actively promoting the style of low-carbon living and green consumption. The charging capacity has increased year by year. According to the statistics of Guilin Power Supply Bureau, in 2016, the city’s power charged was 9305 kWh; in 2017, it was 156,000 kWh; in 2018, it reached 4.635 million kWh. In the past three years, the charging capacity of new energy vehicles has increased by 498 times.

In order to implement the national strategy of developing the new energy vehicle industry and fulfill the overall requirements for the promotion and application of new energy vehicles in Guangxi, in the next step, the Guilin Power Supply Bureau, which belongs to Guangxi Subsidiary of Southern Power Grid, will actively cooperate with the municipal party committee and the municipal government to attach great importance to ecological construction and environmental protection, and increase efforts to vigorously carry out the construction of new energy vehicle charging posts, so to provide a strong power guarantee for the construction of a clean, efficient, low-carbon and environmentally-friendly green urban transportation system.

Sources: http: //www.guilin.gov.cn/cxjs/201902/t20190227_1097390.htm

23 Key Projects Start Construction in Zhonglou With Total Investment Of 6.105 Billion
09 Mar, 2019

On the morning of March 9, Zhonglou District held the groundbreaking ceremony for key projects in 2019 and the first phase of the Zhigu Workshop. The 23 key projects are involved in the areas of new materials, new energy, intelligent manufacturing, creative culture and so on, with a total investment of 6.105 billion yuan and an annual planned investment of 3.632 billion yuan. Cao Jiazhong, member of the Standing Committee of CPC Changzhou Municipal Committee and executive deputy mayor of Changzhou, attended the event.

Among the newly started projects, there are 8 enterprises and programs settling in Smart Valley. The Valley is an important part of the Changzhou Science and Technology Block and a key platform for the gathering of “two new and one smart” industries in Zhonglou. The first batch of high-tech enterprises such as Truly Electronics, Yihua Cables and Amorsino Electronics are all with good industrial quality and will promote the industrial development of the Zhonglou Economic Development Zone.

Sources: http://www.changzhou.gov.cn/ns_news/410155347795273

29 Key Projects Signed in Wujin District With A Total Investment Of 18.95 Billion
01 Mar, 2019

On March 1, the signing ceremony for 29 key projects was held in Wujin district. With a total investment of 18.95 billion yuan, there projects are involved in advanced manufacturing, medical health, smart cars and modern service industries. City leaders Ding Chun, Liang Yibo and Li Lin attended the event.

Mayor Ding Chun said that he hopes Wujin will do a good job in project introduction at a higher starting point, promote the construction at a higher level, optimize the business environment with higher standards, and ensure high-efficiency launching, construction and production of these projects. It is hoped that the project investors will take root in Changzhou, establish high goals, continue to work hard and introduce more strategic partners into Changzhou.

This year, Wujin will focus on the high-end, intelligent, green, service-oriented and brand-building industrial development, in order to foster Wujin’s top 300 intelligent manufacturing companies and improve the comprehensive evaluation system for resource intensity of industrial enterprises. 

Sources: http://www.changzhou.gov.cn/ns_news/154155254933090 

China Encourages Insurers To Invest In Good Quality Stocks, Bonds
28 Feb, 2019

China is encouraging insurance institutions to invest in more good quality stocks and bonds to improve their portfolios, its banking and insurance regulator said on 28 January 2019. “This will help ensure stability in the capital markets and will allow insurers to improve their investment portfolios,” the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission said in his brief statement.

Source: Reuters - https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-regulator/china-encourages-insurers-to-invest-in-good-quality-stocks-bonds-idUSKCN1PM18P

Turning Desalination Waste Into A Useful Resource
13 Feb, 2019

The rapidly growing desalination industry produces water for drinking and for agriculture in the world’s arid coastal regions. But it leaves behind as a waste product a lot of highly concentrated brine, which is usually disposed of by dumping it back into the sea, a process that requires costly pumping systems and that must be managed carefully to prevent damage to marine ecosystems. Now, engineers at MIT say they have found a better way.

In a new study, they show that through a fairly simple process the waste material can be converted into useful chemicals — including ones that can make the desalination process itself more efficient.

The approach can be used to produce sodium hydroxide, among other products. Otherwise known as caustic soda, sodium hydroxide can be used to pretreat seawater going into the desalination plant. 

Source: MIT News - http://news.mit.edu/2019/brine-desalianation-waste-sodium-hydroxide-0213

Water Management in Surat – Resilient Cities in the Word!
12 Feb, 2019

India is making a big effort to face climate change and natural disasters which are more frequent every year. Populations must understand how to survive in such conditions and safety is not too much. That's why in Surat, they have decided to focus on water management.

As part of its Resilience Strategy development work, the city has prioritized cleaning the Tapi River and transforming Surats’ relationship with their primary body of water. Benefits will include clean drinking water for millions of citizens, enhanced potential for recreational areas along its corridor, and the restoration of its ecosystems.

Source: Emergency Live - https://www.emergency-live.com/news/water-management-in-surat-resilient-cities-in-the-word/

2019 Brings New Changes for Municipal Glass Recycling
11 Feb, 2019

Municipal waste services across the U.S. are considering whether to eliminate or revamp curb side collection of glass for recycling.

The start of 2019 has brought important changes to municipal waste services across the country as they determine whether to eliminate or revamp curbside collection of glass for recycling.

In Mt. Lebanon, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, the decision has been made to phase out the glass collection service. “The solid waste and recycling is collected contractually in our community, and the contractors that submitted bids for the new contract indicated that they would no longer accept glass in the recycling stream,” says Rudy Sukal, Public Works director.

Source: Waste 360 - https://www.waste360.com/glass/2019-brings-new-changes-municipal-glass-recycling

Thousands of Green Taxis To Benefit From New Charge Points
10 Feb, 2019

Today (5 February 2019) the government has awarded more than £6 million to support ultra-low emission taxis right across the country, furthering its ambition for a zero emission future.

Announced at the Smart Transport conference by the Future of Mobility Minister, the funding will see almost 300 rapid charge points and 46 fast charge points installed for ultra-low emission taxis in 17 local authorities, including in Greater Manchester, Brighton and Hove, Leicester and the north east.

This announcement marks another milestone in the delivery of the government’s Road to Zero strategy and the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge which aims to usher in cleaner, greener journeys through UK engineering and technological innovation.

Source: Gov.Uk -https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-of-green-taxis-to-benefit-from-new-chargepoints

Smart City Is an Inevitable Trend for Hanoi
09 Feb, 2019

Recently, Hanoi started to develop smart city with the goal of building an e-government. The Hanoi People's Committee has oriented the establishment of a comprehensive and synchronous information technology system for general use throughout the city.

The exchange of activities of international cooperation in the field of information technology in Hanoi has been promoted. The city’s leaders have actively worked with foreign businesses to build the country’s largest data center complexes in Hanoi, including six data center complexes.

Besides, Hanoi’s authority has exchanged experience with the world’s leading IT corporations, signed cooperation agreements with Microsoft Corporation, Dell Technology Group on building e-government and smart city.

Source: Vietnamnet - https://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/society/217381/smart-city-is-an-inevitable-trend-for-hanoi.html

Asian Development Bank and AFD jointly lift funding for Asia Pacific
09 Feb, 2019

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and AgenceFranaise de Developpement (AFD) have jointly decided to increase their funding for projects in Asia Pacific by two thirds.

The pair signed an agreement on Friday lifting the $3 billion they committed to in the past 3 years, to $5 billion for the next 3 years.

The move will allow the pair to scale up their joint development efforts in the Asia and Pacific region.

Under the Partnership Framework Agreement (PFA) for 20162022 that ADB and AFD signed in October 2016, the two institutions had agreed to each dedicate $1.5 billion in cofinancing in the first 3 years of the 6-year agreement. ADB and AFD have now decided to increase the amount to $2.5 billion each in the next 3 years, bringing their combined commitment to $5 billion.

Source: Sierra Leone Times - https://www.sierraleonetimes.com/news/259446175/asian-development-bank-and-afd-jointly-lift-funding-for-asia-pacifci

Renewable Energy Investments Increased Five-fold Globally Over Past 15 Years
07 Feb, 2019

In the green building sector, the UK and International Finance Corporation (IFC) joined a partnership in blended concessional finance for climate change mitigation. Lebanese electricity distribution services received clean climate finance to increase its grid efficiency through deployment of new technologies. To ensure that energy-saving investments in electricity transmission and distribution technologies are aligned with the Paris Agreement on climate change, the World Resources Institute (WRI) presented a methodology to screen their mitigation impacts.

Source: IISD - https://sdg.iisd.org/news/investment-in-renewable-energy-is-clean-but-in-transmission-and-distribution-technologies-not-necessarily/

Poor Water Management Costing Pakistan Billions: Report
06 Feb, 2019

Despite being rich in water resources, Pakistanis continue to face water scarcity because of the country’s inability to properly manage, use and protect water resources for socioeconomic and environmental sustainability.

Pakistan’s poor water management is conservatively costing the country nearly 4 per cent of GDP or around $12 billion (Dh44.07 billion) per year, according to a new report from the World Bank.

These costs are dominated by the cost of poor water supply and sanitation as well as floods and droughts.

Source: Gulf News Asia - https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/poor-water-management-costing-pakistan-billions-report-1.61903819

Senior Chinese Official Urges High-Quality Development Of BRI
01 Feb, 2019

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng on 31 January 2019 called for more efforts to realize high-quality development of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of the leading group on advancing BRI development, made the remarks when presiding over a meeting of the leading group at which participants studied relevant remarks and instructions of Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

Source: Xinhua - http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/01/c_137790382.htm

How Delhi’s Waste-To-Energy Plants Are Way Off The Mark
31 Jan, 2019

The waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in Delhi's Okhla has been worrying residents of SukhdevVihar for a while now. Its efforts to expand from 16 megawatt (MW) to 40 MW and add two more boilers to its existing three have made them take to roads several times.

Despite Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) norms saying that boilers, in case of explosion, will hazardously impact everything within 260-metre radius and a manual by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development saying such plants should be located no nearer than 300 meters from residences and industries, SukhdevVihar DDA Flats and Haji Colony are located 45 metres away from the plant. Also falling within the explosion impact zone are JamiaMilliaIslamiauniversity’s residence for women and the residences for staff and students of Central Road Research Institute and Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology.

Source: Down To Earth - https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/waste/how-delhi-s-waste-to-energy-plants-are-way-off-the-mark-63026

Tackling Waste: Cities Alliance Donates to Small Sanitation Firms in Liberia
31 Jan, 2019

The Cities Alliance Liberia Country Programme with funding from the European Union (EU) has delivered starter kits to three Community Based Enterprises sanitation firms and the National Association of Community Based Enterprises (NACOBE).

These CBEs are operating in the primary waste “hot spot areas” of Red Light market light Market, West point community and Clara town.

The donation intends to help support primary waste collection and to address some of the logistical challenges the CBEs face during the rainy season.

Source: Front Page Africa - https://frontpageafricaonline.com/business/tackling-waste-city-alliance-donates-to-small-sanitation-firms-in-liberia/

China Offered To Nearly Halve Cost Of Malaysia's $20-Billion Rail Project: Sources
31 Jan, 2019

China offered to nearly halve the cost of a $20-billion rail project to save the centerpiece of its infrastructure push in Southeast Asia, two sources said on 31 January 2019, but contradictory remarks by Malaysian ministers leave the outcome uncertain. The conflicting statements made over the past week on the status of the East Coast Railway Link (ECRL) underscore the political and diplomatic challenges facing the government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in renegotiating the contract.

Source: Reuters - https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-malaysia-railway/china-offered-to-nearly-halve-cost-of-malaysias-20-billion-rail-project-sources-idUSKCN1PP0QK

Green Building Materials Gain Adoption as Investment in Sustainable Solutions Grows
31 Jan, 2019

The evolutions in construction industry have increased demand for sustainable construction materials and techniques. In the last few years, the demand for green building materials has been witnessing significant growth, owing to stringent government regulations on emission reduction. Moreover, reduced maintenance and operational costs and less energy consumption are further accelerating the demand for green building materials. 

Various types of green building materials are gaining popularity in residential as well as commercial building owing to growing preference for materials that are energy-efficient, moisture-resistant, durable, and easy to maintain. Fiber cement siding, thermally modified wood, bamboo, fly ash and recycled plastic, are some of the green construction materials witnessing growing adoption in the construction industry.

Source: Globenewswire - https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/01/31/1708210/0/en/Green-Building-Materials-Gain-Adoption-as-Investment-in-Sustainable-Solutions-Grows-Fact-MR.html

As Questions Are Raised About ‘Belt And Road’, Projects Slow In Southeast Asia
31 Jan, 2019

China is reshaping the approach of its flagship “Belt and Road Initiative” in Southeast Asia, as Chinese projects in the region plunged last year amid growing global scrutiny of Beijing’s development strategy.

The value of newly announced big-ticket deals in the region – investment commitments and construction contracts worth more than US$100 million – dropped 49.7 per cent in 2018 to US$19.2 billion, its lowest in four years, according to analysis by Citi Economics, using data amassed by the US think tank American Enterprise Institute.

Source: South China Morning Post - https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2183790/questions-are-raised-about-belt-and-road-projects-slow

First Green Building Inaugurated in Ajman
28 Jan, 2019

Ajman Municipality has begun work on its first green building with the pouring of green concrete for its central laboratory building, which is the first of its kind in the emirate and costs AED15m. The construction of the building is in line with the emirate’s green building system standards and is part of the department’s vision to create a sustainable environment and a modern structure for building the future of Ajman. The building will include sunlight-reflecting glass, which will insulate it and help save electricity, as well as thermal bricks that will be examined in the laboratory before they are used.

Source: Arabian Industry - https://www.arabianindustry.com/construction/news/2019/jan/28/first-green-building-inaugurated-in-ajman-6031792/

China's Crackdown on Pollution Is a Boon to the World's Shipbuilders
28 Jan, 2019

The world’s biggest shipbuilder sees China’s clean-up of its smoggy skies lifting prices of the vessels this year.

As China prioritizes dealing with the smog that has famously blanketed Beijing and other big cities, the world’s second-biggest economy is increasingly turning to liquefied natural gas as a replacement for coal for heating and other purposes, boosting imports of the cleaner fuel. Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. expects orders for carriers of the gas to lead demand for new ships, Chief Executive Officer Sam H. Ka said.

Source: Bloomberg - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-28/china-s-crackdown-on-pollution-a-boon-to-world-s-shipbuilders

China’s Smog Battle Losing ‘Momentum’ In Some Regions, Environment Minister Says
28 Jan, 2019

Some regions in China have lost “momentum” when it comes to tackling pollution, with local officials blaming the country’s economic downturn on overzealous campaigns against smog.

Minister of Ecology and Environment Li Ganjie said while some impoverished regions were struggling to transform their old industrial economies, regional officials should firmly resist the notion that the “war on pollution” had undermined growth.

China’s gross domestic product grew 6.6 per cent in 2018, its lowest rate of increase since 1990, and Li’s speech reflects concern among senior Chinese officials that a deeper downturn could derail the country’s economic restructuring plans.

Source: South China Morning Post - https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2183967/chinas-smog-battle-losing-momentum-some-regions-environment

China Three Gorges Halts Talks With EU Regulators On EDP Takeover: Sources
26 Jan, 2019

China Three Gorges halted talks with EU regulators about its proposed 9 billion euro ($10.3 billion) takeover of Portugal’s EDP-Energia de Portugal over a month ago, two sources close to the matter said, casting doubt on whether the deal will progress. Three sources close to the matter said CTG’s interest in lifting its stake in Portugal’s biggest company has waned due to a combination of factors including a leadership shake-up at the Chinese state-owned utility, the prospect of tougher EU regulations on foreign investment and higher European electricity tariffs.

Source: Reuters - https://www.reuters.com/article/us-edp-m-a-china/china-three-gorges-halts-talks-with-eu-regulators-on-edp-takeover-sources-idUSKCN1PJ2CN

Awash In Trash
25 Jan, 2019

The world is drowning in garbage. According to a recent World Bank study titled “What a Waste 2.0”, under current trends the world will generate 3.4 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste per year by 2050, up from 2.01 billion tonnes in 2016.

The solid waste has various sources. Food and other biodegradable waste comprises 44 % of the total. Close behind are dry recyclables such as plastic, paper, cardboard, metal and glass, with a combined 38 %. The rest spans a range of materials including wood, rubber and leather.

Plastic waste is a particular challenge – and far too much ends up in the oceans. “In 2016, the world generated 242 million tonnes of plastic waste – 12 % of all municipal solid waste,” the report says. “Unlike organic waste, plastic can take hundreds to thousands of years to decompose in nature.” This waste leads to considerable health and environmental damage, the report says: “Plastic waste is causing floods by clogging drains, causing respiratory issues when burned, shortening animal lifespans when consumed, and contaminating water bodies when dumped into canals and oceans.”

Source: Development and Cooperation - https://www.dandc.eu/en/article/tide-trash-rising-worldwide-causing-health-problems-and-environmental-damage

Green Fuel In Rotterdam To Receive Funding Boost
25 Jan, 2019

The Port of Rotterdam has made €5 million available via its Climate-Friendly Shipping scheme to fund maritime projects using low- and zero-carbon fuel.

Shipping companies, fuel and engine manufacturers and suppliers and shipping service providers operating out of the Port of Rotterdam will be able to access the funding if their project relies on green fuel options. The scheme, which will run until 2022, will focus on fuel projects which will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 50 per cent, including renewable and low-carbon fuels; though projects based around biofuels will have to show that their fuel is “advanced” and derives from residual or waste flows.

Source: Government Europa - https://www.governmenteuropa.eu/green-fuel-in-rotterdam/92043/

Submit Status Report On Solid Waste Management
24 Jan, 2019

The National Green Tribunal has slammed authorities for failing to act on reducing solid waste and asked chief secretaries of all states and Union territories to appear before it from March 1 with status reports of their actions and immediate future plans.

It asked the chief secretaries to review their solid waste management actions within a month. The tribunal directed them to remain present with their reports on different dates, starting from March 1 at 2pm when Jammu & Kashmir chief secretary has been asked to appear. 

It noted that India generates over 1,500,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day, with Mumbai being the world's fifth most waste generating city.

Source: Business Standard - https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/ngt-asks-chief-secretaries-to-appear-before-it-with-action-taken-reports-on-solid-waste-management-119012400884_1.html

Can Solar Diplomacy Green The Belt And Road?
24 Jan, 2019

China has pledged to fill the global infrastructure development gap with more than US$4 trillion in “sustainable” projects through its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But China is not delivering on its promises of green and low carbon infrastructure so the initiative is facing a crisis of legitimacy.

According to a recent report from the World Resources Institute, about 75% of the US$145 billion in loans from China’s major financing institutions went to fossil fuel energy projects, including US$10 billion for coal plants. The report also outlined how almost all investments in the construction of fossil-fuel power were state-owned enterprises. In contrast, private Chinese companies, which have much smaller investment footprints, have focused on solar and wind.

Source: China Dialogue - https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/11037-Can-solar-diplomacy-green-the-Belt-and-Road-

UNESCO Names Rio As World Capital of Architecture For 2020
19 Jan, 2019

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday announced that the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro will be the World Capital of Architecture for 2020.

Having defeated Paris and Melbourne, Rio will be the first city to receive the title under a program launched together by UNESCO and the International Union of Architects (UIA) in November 2018. The city will host the World Congress of UIA, an event that occurs every three years, in July 2020.

Source: Xinhuanet - http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/19/c_137756961.htm

Why The World Should Be Watching India's Fast-Growing Cities
18 Jan, 2019

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) predicts that future increases in the world’s urban population will be concentrated in just a few countries. India, China and Nigeria are together expected to account for 35% of the projected growth in the world’s urban population until 2050; of these three, the absolute growth in urban population is projected to be the highest in India. In terms of sheer numbers, the largest urban transformation of the 21st century is thus happening in India, and the Indian real estate and infrastructure industry is a key contributor to this growth.

Source: World Economic Forum - https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/india-urbanization-why-the-world-should-watch/

The Case For A Holistic Water Management Approach In Myanmar
17 Jan, 2019

Myanmar is a rainy country, endowed with a wealth of rivers, streams and bodies of water. And while average annual rainfall in the Dry Zone is less than 1,000 millimeters, coastal regions can receive over 5,000 millimeters of rain over the same period. In other words, Myanmar on the whole is blessed with rich resources of freshwater, with a vast majority of this water flowing into four major rivers, the Chindwin, Ayeyarwady, Sittang and Salween and their associated tributaries.  

Nevertheless, many places in the middle of Myanmar, much of which is classified as a Dry Zone, routinely face a scarcity of water in the summer. But why, given the country’s vast freshwater resources, does this problem of a scarcity of freshwater persist? As such, if Myanmar is to realize its true economic potential, let alone social cohesiveness, it is important to understand why this is happening and to address the root causes.

Source: Mizzima News - http://mizzima.com/article/case-holistic-water-management-approach-myanmar

MSC’s Technology To Transport Fruit To China
17 Jan, 2019

The ocean carrier MSC launches a new technology for long distance shipping of fruit. The first to test the technology is the gold kiwi, sweeter than the green one, and whose demand is growing especially in China. 

The gold kiwi shipments are made under cold treatment to keep the fruit fresh and prevent transference of unwanted pests. MSC’s experienced technicians ensure the conditions are correct and that the cold chain is controlled 24/7 until delivery to the customer.

Source: The Medi Telegraph - http://www.themeditelegraph.com/en/shipping/2019/01/17/msc-technology-transport-fruit-china-0Z1cx4NKoi8TdG7F6MvmvM/index.html

How To Improve Communication Between People And Smart Buildings
10 Jan, 2019

When it comes to buildings and their occupants, USC researchers see a failure to communicate, yet improved dialogue between the two can help smart buildings work better for a sustainable society. 

In a new study, researchers found that subtle changes in design of virtual assistants results in behavioural changes that can help the environment. The researchers found people connect better with a computer-generated avatar that represents building management. They found that social banter between machine and people gets better results. The findings underscore how personal connections and social interactions key to human relations also foster cooperation between people and machines.

Source: PHYS - https://phys.org/news/2019-01-people-smart.html#jCp

Liuzhou City Promotes Traffic Capacity for Rural Vitalization
06 Jan, 2019

Recently, it is learned from the Work Promotion Teleconference of the Three-year Action Plan for Improving Transportation Infrastructure Capacity in Rural Areas of Liuzhou held by the Liuzhou Municipal People's Government that at present, the expressway projects in Liuzhou City, the second (or third) level highway projects in every village and the road hardening projects in more than 20 natural villages are progressing smoothly. Through the "Three-year Action Plan", the longitudinal and latitudinal lines of the traffic network were made for improving transportation infrastructure in rural areas.

It is reported that from January to October this year, Liuzhou completed a total investment of 2.66 billion yuan in expressway projects, accounting for 84.8% of the annual task. At present, the expressway mileage in Liuzhou is 495 kilometers, and the expressway mileage in Liuzhou will reach 700 kilometers after the completion of the "Three-year Action Plan" project.

Sources: http://english.liuzhou.gov.cn/news/news1/201812/t20181204_1215629.htm

Promote the Integration of Rural Toilet Reform and Domestic Sewage Treatment
01 Jan, 2019

Recently, the Office of the Joint Conference of Rural Toilet Renovation in Shandong Province issued the Pilot Work Plan for Creating and Improvement of Rural Harmless Sanitary Toilets in the Eastern, Central and Western Province (2018-2020). As a pilot area in the east China, Weihai is urgently needed to promote integrating both works of rural toilet reform and domestic sewage treatment, and explore an upgraded version of toilet revolution.

How to renovate and upgrade rural toilets? The Plan clarifies the ways to effectively carry out both the toilet reform and rural domestic sewage treatment. For the villages that have not reformed their toilets, they in principle may adopt the modes the modes of single family, multi families or whole village to include their sewage into a pipe network, so to collectively treat the toilet sewage and kitchen sewage and all other domestic sewage such as bathing and soaking waste water, and thus realizing the treatment and control at the pollution source end and in just one step. For the single-family treatment mode, it takes a household as a unit, to install a small single-family processing facility that is used to collect all the domestic sewages such as toilet sewage, kitchen sewage, bath water, and laundry waste water. For the relatively centralized processing mode, it takes multi-family or whole village as a unit, to construct domestic sewage treatment facilities that are used for centralized collection and treatment of domestic sewages. For the tube management mode, it is deployed for households that are in a village close to a town. Each household will set up a sedimentation tank, and each village will lay down a pipe network through which the domestic sewage will be sent and included in the town sewage treatment plant for centralized treatment. It also encouraged qualified villages to use the ways of artificial wetland or oxidation ponds for ecological treatment.

According to the Plan, in principle the pilot city will select 1-2 counties (cities, districts) to carry out pilot projects. Other cities and counties should also carry out the pilot project at different levels such as counties, towns, and villages, based on local actual conditions. The pilot will be fully launched by the end of the year. In 2020, the successful experience of the pilot will be gradually promoted throughout the province.

Source: http://www.weihai.gov.cn/art/2018/12/4/art_16952_1490828.html

Xixian Provides the World with a New Template for Innovative Urban Development
26 Dec, 2018

The first "International Forum on Future Cities Planning Construction and Governance", a sub-forum under the Xixian New Area International Forum on Models of Innovative Urban Development, kicked off on October 13 in the central Chinese city of Xi'an. Shi Nan, Vice President and Secretary General of the Urban Planning Society of China, was invited to attend and address the forum.

Shi Nan said in an interview with CRI Online Shaanxi that the Xi'an municipal Party committee and municipal government have always considered urban planning a top priority and implemented sound and carefully deliberated plans since the very beginning of the founding of the People's Republic. Particular emphasis has been placed on the improvement and balancing of different public resources towards industry development, residential space, education, other public services and the multitude of needs of local residents.

In addition, as a historic city that has kept its traditions alive while being modernized, Xi'an has always leveraged its rich cultural assets as a driver and crucial ingredient of urban development. In the past two years, Xi 'an has also attached great importance to environmental and ecological protection. The city has outperformed its peers nationwide in the field of urban development planning.

Source: http://en.xixianxinqu.gov.cn/2018-10/16/c_291711.htm

Liuzhou Promotes City-Industry Integration to Create New Development Model
25 Dec, 2018

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, Liuzhou has accelerated the pace of new-type urbanization construction, and has taken a road of new-type urbanization construction with local characteristics -- city-industry integration.

In particular, Liuzhou City constantly strengthens the infrastructure construction of the parks, and allocates special funds to support the infrastructure construction of the parks every year. By the end of October 2018, the industrial output value of the parks in the whole city was 217.24 billion yuan, and the total economic output of the parks accounted for 54.4% of that in the city. Liudong New District became the first development zone with the output value exceeding 100 billion yuan in Guangxi, and Hexi Industrial Park became the eighth autonomous-regional-level high-tech industrial development zone in Guangxi. The parks consisted of industries, and then led to the rise of new urban areas, brought about the upgrading of various kinds of infrastructure, promoted the integration of urban comprehensive service functions for the development of industry, and formed a good mechanism of promoting the city by the industry.

Sources: http://english.liuzhou.gov.cn/news/news1/201812/t20181220_1226081.htm

Hefei Mission of Rural Sewage Treatment 
25 Dec, 2018

On the morning of December 25, Mr. Yu Xinrong, deputy secretary of the Party Group and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of People’s Republic of Chinas, came to Hefei, Anhui Province to survey and research the way of rural domestic sewage treatment and presided over a symposium. Vice Governor of the Province Zhang Shuguang accompanied. Mr. Li Weiguo, Director of the Rural Social Undertakings Promotion Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Mr. NingQiwen, Deputy Director of the General Office of the Ministry, and Mr. Chen Yongqing, Deputy Director of the Department of Soil Ecology and Environment of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, participated in the survey. Mr. Liu Weidong, deputy secretary general of the provincial government, Mr. Lu Shiren, director of the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Mr. Yang Zengquan, deputy director of the department, Mr. Song Zhigang, Member of the Party Group of the Provincial Department of Housing and Construction and chief engineer, and Mr. Wang Minsheng, deputy mayor, attended.  

Mr. Yu Xinrong and his entourage went to the Fangfang Center Village, Huangpi Town, Chaohu City for a field study. The village, located in the north bank of Chaohu Lake, is a demonstration village for the construction of beautiful villages in Anhui Province in 2017. During the construction process, the village has newly laid down 9300 meters of rainwater pipe network, 243 sanitary toilets, 2 new public toilets, and a new sewage treatment station that can treat 50-ton sewage each day, making the domestic sewage treatment rate reach 95%. Mr. Yu also went to the sewage treatment station of the Fangfang Central Village and some of the villagers’ homes to learn more about their sewage treatment measures and achievements, and gave his high recognition.

Sources: http://www.hefei.gov.cn/xwzxdt/hfyw/201812/t20181226_2695715.html

Luoyang City Agreed the Acceptance of the Pilot Project of National Water Ecological Civilization City 
25 Dec, 2018

In recent years, by taking the ride of national creation of the first pilot cities of water ecological civilization in the country, Luoyang City has integrated its construction of water ecological civilization to its “9+2” work plan and to its “four-river and three-channel simultaneous improvement”, urban parks construction, sponge city construction, and  ancient capital civilization. In creating a civilized ecosystem, it established and improved the financing mechanism in which government plays a guidance role, locality plays as major players, market plays as transaction basis and the public actively participate in. The Xingluohu Park and the Demonstration Section within the Luohe water system comprehensive remediation program, etc. have been completed and put into use, and 83 projects including sewage interception and pollution control, water system connectivity, river/channel improvement, landscape enhancement and wetland protection have also been completed, forming a new pattern of “beautiful and regulated water system and ecological Luoyang”. The Acceptance Committee believes that with realization of “clear water, green shores, smooth roads and public benefits” as the overall goal and with the “four-river and three-channel simultaneous improvement” as the priority focus, Luoyang City has shown off its advanced concepts and reasonable layout, and achieved solid and remarkable and outstanding results. The acceptance committee unanimously agreed to accept the pilot project of Luoyang Water Ecological Civilization City.  

Source: http://www.ly.gov.cn/lyzx/jrly/877850.shtml

Promote the New Pattern of Pan-Territory Tourism With Ecological Environment Protection As The Fundamental Precondition  
25 Dec, 2018

In 2018 by enthusiastically responding to the call of the central, provincial and Zhuzhou city governments on pan-territory tourism and thoroughly implementing the relevant arrangements of the municipal party committee and the municipal people's government, the Environmental Protection Bureau of Liling City took close following-up of the requirement of “improving the quality of the ecological environment” as its main priority. It carried out the environmental impact assessment, enforced environmental supervision and pollution governance, vigorously promoted the construction of ecological civilization, comprehensively fought the battle against pollution, and laid a solid environmental foundation for promoting the development of pan-territory tourism.

It comprehensively put efforts and made breakthroughs to promote the development of pan-territory tourism.

(1) Accelerate industrial transformation and upgrading. It accelerated the pace for closure and elimination of “non-conformity, polluting and land-law-violating” enterprises; and promoted to construct a papermaker-clustering area for which it determined the Tiehekou of Chashan Town as the destination site. In addition, it wrote a “feasibility study report on the project of constructing a clustering area for the ceramic and firework industries in Liling City”, and strove to relocate paper enterprises into the paper maker clustering area as soon as possible.

(2) Enforce the pollution prevention and control. Always adhering to the idealism and working attitude of “good environment is the people’s wellbeing, green mountains are enjoyable beauties, and blue sky is also a happy thing”, it comprehensively promotes the prevention and control of atmospheric, water and soil pollution, continuously reduces the existing pollutions, and promotes to improve ecological environment quality, striving to write a new chapter in the green development of Liling. 

(3) Shed green light to the unimpeded tourism projects in terms of project EIA. It vigorously supports for creating conditions for the planned construction of tourism projects, and carry out the service spirit to earnestly provide services throughout the whole process of project construction. First, it implemented the project preview mechanism that is to make itself get ready to provide advance services; second, enhanced the guidance and coordination roles for the projects, and implemented tracking services; third, optimized the project approval mechanism, including implementation of “All-in-one notification”, “one-stop service”, and the standardized window-type management of “One-stop Approval”; and the fourth is to shorten the time limit and procedures for EIA review and approval to maximize early approval and early construction of the projects in the city.

(4) Fully cooperate with the model-creation mission. It conscientiously implemented the requirements for better environment creation assigned by the municipal party committee and the municipal people’s government, and formed an execution pattern where the top leader takes the leading role, deputies take the charge of specific implementations, task forces organize to implement, departments coordinate, and all walks of people broadly participate in, so that to implement the mission of creation of a national sanitary city, a national garden city, and a provincial model city.

Source: http://www.zhuzhou.gov.cn/articles/1889/2018-12/210127.html

Qingdao Explores A New Model Of “Smart Water Management” To Construct the Project Digital Dagu River That Has Been Completed And Put Into Operation
25 Dec, 2018

It was learned from the Municipal Water Conservancy Bureau that the Dagu River Digitalization, which is the project to enable digitalized management of the Dagu River Comprehensive Treatment, was recently completed and put into operation. The project collects various regulatory data, monitoring data and monitoring video, and relies on big data technology to realize digitalization of objects in the watershed management, visualization of management processes, and scientifically making decisions of management. It provides strong support for river managers at every level to “Manage the river well, manage the people well, and manage issues well” to realize the post-construction objectives that are “unobstructed flooding, sounding dyke, clear water, green shore, and beautiful scenery”, and it explores a new mode of Internet-based water management in the new era.

It is reported that the project has built new, and upgraded the existing, water and rain information collection equipment, and improved the hydrological intelligence network. It built 79 rainfall observation stations, and connected 164 ground and underground water-level automatic monitoring stations along the river course of 170+ kilometers, to realized the real-time forecast and measurement of rainfall and water level at the main streams and at the main water conservancy projects. It has newly put into use 92 water measurement devices for the main streams of the Dagu River, and connected to the 4 water measurement devices at the reservoirs of Chanzhi, Yinfu, Beishu and Huangtong, and built 15 automatic water quality monitoring stations, to realize real-time monitoring of the water and soil conservation and the environment in the whole river basin. It has newly set up 214, and connected to 129, video surveillance facilities to collect real-time video information of the Dagu River’s main stream dikes, river dams, main tributary estuaries, traffic bridges, large and medium-sized reservoirs, hydrological stations and management facilities in the basin. It observes 24 hours a day the backbone water conservancy projects and management facilities, and it becomes the “telescope” for the river’s daily management.

Source: http://www.qingdao.gov.cn/n172/n1530/n32936/181225085449166530.html

Hefei Metropolitan Area Will Densify Its Road Network
24 Dec, 2018

The bidding for the project of constructing the section of the Xuancheng-Shangcheng Expressway that starts from Hefei to Jinzhai to Henan’s Shangcheng has started, which means that the blueprint of the feasibility study report is about to start drawing. As an important linkage-line within the province’s highway network planning, it will become an east-west important highway connecting Lu’an, Hefei and the Central Plains area of China.

The Xuancheng-Shangcheng Expressway is one of the important linkage lines in the provincial expressway network planning of “five verticals and nine horizontals”. It starts from Xuancheng City, through Nanling, Tongling, Wuwei, Lujiang, Shucheng, Huoshan and Jinzhai, and finally Shangcheng of Henan. It is of great significance for promoting the coordinated development of the east and west of the Hefei Metropolitan areas, and promoting the industrial structure transfer of the Hefei Economic Circle. It is a key east-west high-speed passage in Anhui Province.

The bidding section starts from the section of Fangxing Avenue to the Mayan of the G3 Jingtai Expressway, to connect the Wuwei-Hefei section, and go westward through Shucheng County, Huoshan County and Jinzhai County, to reach the junction of the Anhui province and Henan Province, and then to the Henan section of the S32 Xuancheng-Shangcheng Expressway. The route comes crossing the Hefei-Jiujiang Railway, Hefei-Anqing Passenger Dedicated, Shanghai-Hankou-Chengdu High-speed Railway, and crossing such rivers as the Fengle River, Hangbei Main Canal and Weihe River. It is about 180 kilometers in length and is built according to the standard of two-way four-lane expressway.

The construction of Xuancheng-Shangcheng Expressway is conducive to alleviating the traffic pressure of the Hefei-Liu’an Expressway and the Wuhu River Crossing. After its operation, Anhui will have another expressway that extends directly to the hinterland of the Central Plains. It will enhance the function of the Hefei National Comprehensive Hub and enhance its influence to surrounding regions.

Sources: http://www.hefei.gov.cn/xwzxdt/csbb/201812/t20181226_2695742.html

Cooperation Framework Agreement to Jointly Promote the Construction of New Smart City In Zhuhai
24 Dec, 2018

On December 24, Zhuhai Municipal Government and Ping An Group signed a “Smart Zhuhai” Framework of Cooperation (FoC). The two parties will focus on the construction of a new smart city in Zhuhai, and carry out the cooperation in fields of urban governance, governance improvement, public services, optimization of talent structure, digital economy, industrial upgrading, etc. Mr. Yao Yusheng, Mayor and Deputy Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee, and Mr. XieYonglin, Co-CEO of Ping An Group and Chairman of Ping An Bank, witnessed the signing ceremony. Mr. Lu Xiaofeng, Deputy Mayor, and Mr. ZhuangXiaodong, Chairman of Ping An Group’s Urban Construction Technology Co., Ltd. signed the agreement on behalf of the two parties.

According to the agreement, by adhering to the principle of mutual benefit, common development and steady advancement, based on the overall planning of the smart city in Zhuhai and the overall framework of “four beams and eight pillars”, and by using Ping An Group’s professional advantages of “finance + technology + ecology” and  high-quality resources, the two parties will constantly explore new ways of innovative services in terms of political party building, government affairs, finance, urban construction, public safety, life convenience service, transportation, education, pension, medical care, environmental protection, ports and industrial promotion, to achieve “optimization of the government by scientific and technological excellence, enhancement of the economy through digitalization, and introduction of talents”, build Zhuhai into a China model of “digital governing benchmark, a model city in the Great Bay Area, an innovative development highland, and a smart city in the Greater Bay Area between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau”, and eventually a “world-class smart city”.

Ping An Group is one of the top-three financial consortiums in China. With the “smart, intelligent and knowledge” as its core concept and relying on its core technologies of artificial intelligence, intelligent cognition, block chain and cloud, Ping An Smart City has created a “1+N” smart-city platform system which focuses on Smart City Life, governance affairs and other service areas that are closely related to social life and industries.

Source: http://www.zhuhai.gov.cn/xw/xwzx_44483/zhyw/201812/t20181225_50533364.html

The World's Largest Single Passive Public Building Under Construction by the Zhu Zhou Mightier Group Is About to Open
24 Dec, 2018

Zhuzhou City Civic Center (also known as Entrepreneur Square) is a comprehensive citizen service center that integrates “convenience service”, “entrepreneurial service” and “leisure service”. The center has set up 7 comprehensive management areas such as “Real Estate Registration Area”, “People's Social Security Provident Zone”, “Public Service Comprehensive Area” and “Investment Approval Area”, so that the government service “only enters one door” and “runs at most once”. This project was contracted by Zhu Zhou Mightier group.

The project has a construction area of 62,334 square meters, an office part of 39,976 square meters, a commercial part of 7,000 square meters, a basement 1 commercial area, and a ground floor of 1-4 floors. Building Environment Central Park forms six scales of pleasant floating islands, which solves the needs of different functions such as office, social, shopping and leisure. The connection between entrepreneurial space and service platform can greatly improve the efficiency of work. The most important thing is that the project is completely built using passive energy-saving technology and is the world's largest single passive public building!

Passive construction, simply speaking, does not require active heating and air conditioning, but uses the insulation of the ground, walls, doors and windows, fresh air system, and renewable energy such as solar energy and geothermal energy to achieve constant temperature and humidity throughout the four seasons. Constant oxygen, constant net and constant static buildings. This is a true green building and a future building.

Source: http://www.zznews.gov.cn/news/2018/1217/303592.shtml

Qingdao Launched Its First Operation Method of Energy Conservation for Pure Electric Bus That Will Save Millions of Kwhs
24 Dec, 2018

With Qingdao’s constant updating of its public transport vehicles, the number of pure electric buses the island city owns is increasing. Compared with fuel vehicles, there are certain unique operational skills that can be deployed for better use of pure electric vehicles. “In order to save energy, we must first ensure the vehicle and every part of it to be in the best condition at all times and that is the basis for energy saving,” said Mr. Wang Qun, a bus driver, who pays great importance to tire maintenance, engine room dust removal and air pump dust removal. He elaborated: “In operation, we must pay attention to road condition and traffic controls. For example, 3 traffic signal lights at the Xianxialing Road, East Yinchuan Road and Tong’an Road are synchronized at same intervals, 30 seconds apart. After the green light at Xianxialing Road intersection turns on, we should drive through the intersection of the East Yinchuan Road with constant speed and reach at a stop of the East Yinchuan Road. And then, we drive through the East Yinchuan Road with constant speed and enter the Tongan Road Stop where at this point of time, the intersection ahead would show a red light. After getting on and off of the passengers, we may get the right time to pass the intersection. By this way, we can optimally save lots of energy.” Wang Qun is a bus driver along the 501st route. After years of exploration and repeated tests, he found that the motor rev designed for the vehicle is 1000 rpm to 2000 rpm. And according to the bus operation, if the rev is between 1300 rpm and 1800 rpm and the speed is between 30km/h to 40km/h, it is the most economic. 

According to statistics, Mr. Wang uses a special operation method to run 2,600 kilometers per month that can save 900 KWHs and annually save about 10,800 KWHs. Wang Qun has been recognized as one of the most economical drivers of Qingdao pure electric buses.

“The 501st route is with 41.7 kilometers and it passes through 64 stops, 12 primary and secondary schools and kindergartens, 6 hospitals, 2 business districts, and 97 intersections of which 37 have no signal lights, as well as 142 zebra crossings. Of the 64 stops, 19 are connected to the subways Line 2 and Line 3.” Because of his well knowledge of the road conditions, he used the unique ability of electric vehicles to recover electricity by reducing the vehicle speed in advance on the downhill section and using the method of “continuous speed reduction” and “segment speed reduction” to extend the braking time and braking distance, so to maximally recover power energy.

Sources: http://news.qingdaonews.com/qingdao/2018-12/24/content_20263787.htm

The 8th Exhibition of New Product and New Technology of Energy Saving and Emission Reduction Was Held in Guilin - New Energy Vehicles Are Highly Sought After by the Public
20 Dec, 2018

The 8th Exhibition of New Product and New Technology of Energy Saving and Emission Reduction in 2018 (New Energy Vehicle) and the 3rd Green Low-Carbon Industry Expo opened at the Guilin International Convention and Exhibition Center. The concept of low-carbon life and green travel has affected people’s behavior of car buying. New energy vehicles have attracted public attention at the exhibition.

The theme of this exhibition is “Energy Saving and Protecting Blue Sky”. The three-day exhibition has showcased new energy vehicles and new products and technologies for energy saving and emission reduction. There are four exhibition areas, namely, the new energy vehicle exhibition area, the energy-saving low-carbon exhibition area, the green building exhibition area and the green agriculture exhibition area.

In the next step, Guilin will take the ride of this activity to effectively promote green development, advocate a simple, green and low-carbon lifestyle, and carry out actions such as creating conservation-oriented governmental institutions, green families, green schools and green communities and facilitating green travel. It will formulate action plans, to enhance the role of energy conservation and resource conservation in accelerating the reform of ecological civilization system, building beautiful Guangxi and Guilin, showing Guilin afresh new face to the outside world and achieving results of the new actions. It will rationally adjust industrial structure, intensify elimination of backward production capacity, and continue to accelerate upgrading and transformation of the tradition industries, vigorously develop strategic emerging industries, accelerate the development of low-carbon service industries; stably promote energy conservation and consumption reduction, and develop low-carbon urban areas, low-carbon parks and low-carbon communities.

Source: http://www.guilin.gov.cn/zwxx/201811/t20181126_1037068.htm

Power Generation Started at the Shankou Domestic Waste Incineration Power Generation Project in Guilin City - Realizing the Treatment of Domestic Wastes in a Manner of “Garbage Great Reduction, Utilization and Harmlessness”
20 Dec, 2018

On the morning of December 20th, the Guilin City’s Shankou Domestic Waste Incineration Power Generation Project was officially ignited after three years of construction. The project will not only undertake the task of harmless treatment of domestic garbage in the city, but also produce green energy for daily life use of the citizens, which marks the realization of treatment of domestic garbage in the manner of “garbage great reduction, utilization and harmlessness” in the city.

Shankou Project is located in Shankou Village, Lingui Town, Lingui District. It covers an area of about 147 mu and is invested and operated by Shenzhen Energy Environmental Protection Co., Ltd., with a chartered period of 30 years. The first phase of the project will design and build 2 sets of mechanical grate furnaces with a daily processing capacity of 750 tons. The furnaces are working with the medium-temperature medium-pressure waste heat boiler system, one 35MW (MW) steam turbine generator set, flue/gas purification system, slag collection and storage system, and fly ash collection and stabilization system, sewage treatment system, circulating cooling system, and other equipment. It uses the process of “waste full-burning + fly ash stabilization + residual landfill”, and uses the waste heat from waste incineration to generate electricity. The project has been implemented since December 2015. After more than three years of hard work, it has built a modern domestic waste incineration and power generation plant that is superior to the national standard and even the EU environmental protection technology standards.

According to the relevant person in charge of the project, after the project is put into production, it can annually treat 547,500 tons of domestic garbage, generate 210 million kWh which can be used by the project itself, or sold 180 million kWh to the grid. Equivalently, it can annually save 66,000 tons of standard coal and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 220,000 tons. At the same time, it can also reduce waster weight by about 80%, or in other words, reduce waste volume by more than 90%, effectively alleviating the problem of garbage disposal in the built-up area of the city and saving land resources. With the first phase of the project being put into operation, the second phase of the project is about to start that will expand the scope to achieve solid waste incineration full coverage, and fundamentally solve the problem of urban and rural domestic garbage pollution.

Sources: http://www.guilin.gov.cn/zwxx/201812/t20181224_1068955.htm

Changzhou Ranks 29th In the 2018 China's Top 100 Cities
20 Dec, 2018

Recently, the Wharton Economic Institute released the list of 2018 China’s Top 100 Cities. Changzhou ranked 29th with a comprehensive score of 53.30. Its total score of economic indicators is 49.45, ranking 22nd; and the soft economic indicators totaled 59.54, ranking 41st.

The top 100 cities are rated by their GDPs and selected according to the comprehensive scores of economic indicators (61.8%) and soft economic indicators (38.2%). The economic indicators include GDP and household savings, while soft economic indicators include the environment, science, education, culture and health.

The Warton Economic Institute (WEI), formerly known as the Shanghai Institute of Economic Development, which was established in 1988, is the first in China to provide a comprehensive, integrated approach to macroeconomic, regional economy and enterprise development. Sexual research advisory body, is the famous economic think tank. Over the past two decades, the Institute has planned and contributed to a series of major projects related to national strategy, regional development and business growth, and made outstanding contributions to promoting China's economic reform and development.

Sources: http://www.changzhou.gov.cn/ns_news/587153302650192

Lovers Avenue Enhancement Is Taken Nearby Yeli Island
20 Dec, 2018

Renewal and broadening of the 1.2-km (nearly a mile) Lovers Avenue greenbelt from Haixia Rest Station to Yeli Island's Xinyue (New Moon) Bridge has been completed, according to XiangzhouZhengfang Holdings.

Brought into balance and harmony with the seaside and Zhuhai Opera House is a 24,800-sq-m (six-acre) park in Wanzaisha of Old Xiangzhou. Seedlings have planted, signs posted, damaged trees and their bamboo supports removed, puddles drained, shrubs and hedges replaced, and withered trees trimmed or taken out.

The extended promenade features turtle shell-shaped terrain, a curving balustrade atop a new plank road, lamp-lit bikeway, and new automatic irrigation systems. The gentle gradient enables a wider horizon and uses space more efficiently, making the greenbelt an intimate part of coastal scenery. New vegetation and nine kinds of in-season flowers further adorn the route. Restoration of the 1.3-km section from the Xinyue Bridge to Gangkou Road (Xiangzhou Port) has now commenced.

Source: http://www.cityofzhuhai.com/2018-12/26/c_310510.htm

Promote the City’s Internationalization Strategy to Create A New “Highland” For Opening Up
13 Dec, 2018

On the morning of December 13 Weihai City’s private entrepreneurs’ seminar of “Making Achievements in the New Era” was organized and was centered on the topic of economic transformation. Ms. Yang Li, deputy mayor, presided over the seminar and made a report on the opening-up of the city.

Yang pointed out in the report that Weihai is one of the first coastal open citys in China and is also the closest city from China to South Korea. Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Weihai has actively participated in the China-South Korea Free Trade Area negotiations and strived to create a pilot city for innovation and development of the country’s service trade. The city’s openness to the outside world has been continuously expanded and the level of opening up has been significantly improved. Entering the new era, Weihai is moving from an opening-up city to an international city. To promote the city’s internationalization strategy, Weihai has established the Mayor’s International Economic Advisory Committee, and drafted an implementation plan for the city’s internationalization strategy, to integrate its international visions, ideas and standards into the city’s various tasks. In the next step, Weihai will be more proactive in implementing a comprehensive opening-up strategy, attracting domestic and foreign capitals and technologies, and making more efficient use of the home and SK markets and their resources. It will be based on the opening up to promote reform and innovation, promote structural adjustment, expand development space, and comprehensively build new advantages in the opening up by seeking first-comer’s advantage in building the new “highland” in opening up to the outside world.

Sources: http://www.weihai.gov.cn/art/2018/12/14/art_16952_1497602.html

Hamburg Among World's Most Sustainable Cities
11 Dec, 2018

Hamburg ranks 17th on the Sustainable Cities Index 2018 compiled by Arcadis, a global planning and consulting firm. Good networking and effective CO2 reduction measures won over the experts. Arcadis had compared the urban plans of 100 cities to achieve sustainable growth and their success. Last year, Hamburg ranked 20th on the index.

Hamburg seventh in the sub index “planet”

Hamburg performed particularly well in the “planet” category, which includes sub-items such as energy consumption, CO2 reduction and the promotion of clean mobility. A compliance rate of 74 per cent was achieved. The Hanseatic League had won over experts with good waste and water management as well as promoting renewable energies. Hamburg scored above average in terms of measures to reduce greenhouse gases and achieve clean, unpolluted air.

Source: Hamburg News

Luoyang Municipal Urban and Rural Planning Committee Held the Twelfth Meeting in 2018
27 Nov, 2018

On November 27th, the Urban and Rural Planning Committee of Luoyang City held the 12th meeting in 2018, where it essentially adopted the “Special Planning of Ventilation Corridor in Luoyang City”, “Special Plan of Luoyang City for Implementation of the Car Parking Lot”, “Guidelines for Designing Green Space in Luoyang City” and “Guidelines for Placement of Outdoor Advertising Plaque in Luoyang City” etc. Mr. Liu Yangkang, mayor of Luoyang and director of the Municipal Planning Commission, presided over the meeting. Mr. Wang Yanjun, deputy director of the Municipal Planning Committee and other members of the Municipal Planning Commission, attended the meeting.

According to the plans, Luoyang will create a comprehensive urban ventilation corridor system to be deployed in “corridors, potential points, areas, Mt. passes and places with wind farm potentials” by opening the suburban air intakes, introducing natural winds on multiple sides, establishing a cold air generating area, establishing microcirculation in the city, and improving micro environment in the city downtown, so to effectively alleviate phenomenon of urban “heat islands”, regulate microclimate, improve ecological environment, and improve urban functions.

According to the special implementation plan of Luoyang City Parking Lots, 21 parking lots will be built based on carefully studying the city’s parking lot layout, city planning and downtown land use, and by using 3 modes i.e. three-dimensional parking garage, temporary ground parking lot and “underground parking + ground comprehensive development”. After completing the project, it can provide 6973 parking spots available for car parking. Among 21 parking lots, 18 will be available by the end of this year. They focus on solving the parking difficulties in the main business districts, schools, hospitals, government offices and scenic spots and other traffic-intensive areas in the central city, aiming to effectively help maintain the traffic order.

Source: http://www.ly.gov.cn/lyzx/jrly/875414.shtml

DPD To Convert to Electric Vehicles By 2019
27 Nov, 2018

International parcel and express delivery service DPD aims to convert all its parcel deliveries in Hamburg’s inner city to electrically powered vehicles by summer 2019. This comprises zero-emission and local deliveries in Altstadt, Neustadt, HafenCity, St. Georg and Hammerbrook, as well as in the Steinwerder and Kleiner Grasbrook districts. DPD is relying on a mix of compact vehicles, including delivery bikes and e-scooters, as well as larger vehicles such as fully electric transporters and trucks. The purchase of these vehicles will be subsidized in part in terms of the Zukunft.de model project under Hamburg’s leadership. Plans are being laid for several micro depots in the urban delivery to distribute the parcels with smaller electric vehicles.

Source: Hamburg News

How Can We Adapt Our Cities to Cope With Climate Change?
22 Nov, 2018

In the run up to the UN’s international climate change conference, 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (informally called “COP24”), the GIZ Sino-German Urbanisation Project (SGUP) deems it wise to ask how our cities can fortify themselves against the devastating effects of this phenomenon. According to the UN, 54.5% of the world’s population was already residing in urban areas by 2016 – a point which further stresses why we need to urgently prepare our cities to cope with climate change. Although an average global temperature increase of 3 degrees Celsius may not seem like a lot, this could actually lead to disastrous consequences: drought, flooding and intolerable heatwaves which risks health implications. China’s concerns about climate change are well-founded: The Guardian claims 4 out of 5 people living in Asia will be impacted by climate change, while underlining Shanghai as the “most vulnerable major city in the world to serious flooding”. The same article states this major Chinese city may even become almost completely submerged by water, displacing as much as 17.5 million Shanghaiists.

Hence, in a bid to find relevant solutions, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zuammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Asian Development Bank (ABD) together with the China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MoEE) and Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) co-hosted the “International Workshop on Planning Climate Adaptive Cities”.

The workshop took place on November 22nd in Xixian New District, Shaanxi Province. First results of two pilot projects on urban climate adaptation supported by GIZ’s Sino-German Urbanization Partnership (SGUP) in Lishui City of Zhejiang Province and Xixian New District of Xi'an City of Shaanxi Province were presented during the workshop. The workshop was moderated by Tong Guichan, Director of the International Science & Technology Cooperation Sector of MoHURD. Sun Zhen, Deputy Director of the Climate Department of MoEE, Guo Lichao, Deputy Director General of the Building Energy Efficiency and Science and Technology Department of MoHURD, and Achim Deuchert, Director of the investment project Financial & Sustainable Infrastructure of GIZ attended the conference and gave an opening speech.

The 100 workshop participants exchanged views on policy challenges and solutions on climate adaption. Expert presentations also highlighted best practices. For example, Dr. Tian Yongying from MoHURD’s Center for Science & Technology and Industrialization Development, spoke about the “Guidelines for the Construction of Climate-Adapted Cities”. These guidelines aim to incorporate a perspective of urban climate adaption urban within the China’s urbanisation policy. Dr. Tian explained how the scheme worked by pointing out its overarching goals, sub goals, key tasks and implementation paths. Although these guidelines remain under review, they are expected to be adopted soon to boost China’s climate-adapted urban development. (Source: Center for Science & Technology and Industrialization Development, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development).

Furthermore, interesting findings from the Xixian pilot project were also underlined at the workshop. It was presented that during summer, the pilot area of Fengxi New City in Xixian New District has average low wind speed but also high temperatures, creating a “heat island effect”. This triggers harmful consequences: increased usage of air conditioners and a decline in air quality and other environmental issues. It was also noted that hardened underlying urban surfaces were particularly prone to high temperatures. According to further analysis of high temperature risk, the air temperature in Fengxi New City is significantly affected by that of the city’s surface. Hence, the presentation identified controlling the urban surface temperature as one key factor for reducing the risk of high temperatures in urban zones.

Hence, based on these findings of the Xixian pilot scheme, the following was recommended:

1. One should investigate and quantify how different urban functions and spatial forms interact with factors like temperature, humidity and wind speed. Hence, it is important to collect spatial data related to high temperatures across urban centres (i.e. to create a heat map). This information could support development of suitable measures for the design of public places.

2. There is room for improvement in regard to the content of the “Action Plan of Adaption to Climate Change in Fengxi New City of Xixian New District”. More attention should be given to controlling urban surface temperature, reducing the risk of high temperatures, boosting urban information management and establishing an early-warning system that can forecast high temperatures.

3. More specific measures and goals are needed for green building, prefabricated buildings and ultra-low energy buildings.

4. Social fund-raising and green financing to be further developed, while more research is needed in designing a multi-level risk assessment mechanism.

Overcoming the harmful effects of climate change upon cities is a key reason why Germany’s International Climate Initiative (IKI) funded the SGUP. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports the SGUP based on a decision adopted by the German Federal government.

2018 Changzhou-Hong Kong Innovation and Cooperation Matchmaking
20 Nov, 2018

On the afternoon of November 20, the 2018 Changzhou·Hong Kong Innovation and Cooperation Matchmaking Conference was held in Hong Kong. Yang Wenming, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government (CPGLO) in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Li Hua, Director of the Press and Public Relations Department of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in HKSAR, and nearly 100 representatives from Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Hong Kong's well-known enterprises as well as financial, technology, and innovation institutions attended the event.

As of October this year, a total of 2,448 Hong Kong enterprises have invested in Changzhou, and the paid-up capital reached 19.535 billion US dollars, accounting for half of the materialized foreign capital in Changzhou. At present, Changzhou enterprises have invested in 141 projects in Hong Kong, with a cumulative investment of 2.46 billion US dollars.

Sources: http://www.changzhou.gov.cn/ns_news/919154399247684

Sustainable Floating Neighbourhood Nears Completion
20 Nov, 2018

The most sustainable floating residential neighbourhood in Europe will soon be ready for the residents to move in. After years of dreaming, research, design and construction, the Schoonschip project is starting to take shape. The water homes will float on the Johan van Hasseltkanaal, a waterway in Buiksloterham, Amsterdam Noord.

The homes are currently being constructed in different locations in the Netherlands. They will then be towed to the Johan van Hasseltkanaal. The neighbourhood will also have social activities, leisure facilities, and floating gardens.

Source: Gemeente Amsterdam

International Forum of Financing Sustainable Buildings
15 Nov, 2018

On November 15, 2018, the “International Forum of Financing Sustainable Buildings” took place in Chongqing. The event welcomed 150 attendees and was hosted by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. The GIZ Sino-German Urbanization Partnership (SGUP) was excited to co-organize the event. As an organisation which was initiated by the aims to foster collaboration between Chinese and German parties on sustainable urbanisation objectives, SGUP believes that effective solutions can only be found by involving all stakeholders in the discussion. This scheme is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) of the People’s Republic of China

Background

In the last decade, the Chinese government has implemented multiple policies to promote sustainable buildings. Public financing particularly provides a major incentive for various actors to improve the potential of energy efficiency and green building. However, it is evident that subsidies alone cannot achieve China’s sustainable building initiative. Green financing channels and tools are also essential for attracting private investment to further fill the immense financial gaps. At the same time, green financing is becoming increasingly popular worldwide among both financial institutions and policymakers. Therefore, although the area of green financing has developed rapidly in China, the general building sector seems to have received far less attention than other sectors.

Important Ideas

Data developed by Shi Yichen, the Dean of International Institute of Green Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics, presents further insights into China’s green finance situation. According to Shi, as of June 2017, the green credit balance of 21 major banks in China reached RMB 8.2 trillion (approximately  EUR 1 trillion)  . This indicates a year-on-year increase of 12.9%, accounting for 10% of the budget of various loans. Industrial financial institutions have developed policies to support green credit and established 50 categories of green credit.  Shi offers a comprehensive explanation of green building investment and financing. According to him, the term should take into account a wide range of factors: impacts on social and economic resources, green technology and energy-saving of buildings and the potential benefits and risks of capital in investment and financing. He similarly states that ecological aspects of the building’s life cycle should be considered in financial accounting and decision-making. Similarly, economic behavior in the construction sector should also take a multi-disciplinary approach by recognizing environmental, social and economic issues in order to enhance the sector’s sustainable development.

The forum brought key players from China, Europe and international financial institutions together to discuss the challenges that green financing faces in supporting China's sustainable building development. These actors also highlighted opportunities for collaboration and potential solutions to the recognised challenges.

In his presentation, Professor Ding Yong of Chongqing University shed light on the relevant required technology as well as a cost-benefit analysis of energy-saving renovation of existing public buildings in Chongqing. According to his research, investment for renovating both school and office buildings in Chongqing remains low, but the investment recovery period is the highest when financial subsidies are not considered. It is believed that these two types of buildings do not attract high investment because of they are actively used for relatively brief periods. For example, school buildings are closed for vacation during the summer – a season when other buildings are at their peak of using air-conditioners. Therefore, school buildings save less energy through their air conditioning systems than other types of buildings each year, so the investment recovery period is longer than in other types of buildings. This indicates that school buildings have a large demand for financial subsidies. Nonetheless, after the renovation, the average energy consumption of each type of building decreased significantly, with a drop of roughly 24%.

 About SWITCH ASIA-II – Promoting Sustainable Building Mainstreaming in Western China

Overall Objectives:

  • To further sustainable building practices in less developed regions of western China;
  • To reduce climate and resource impacts of the building sector and to contribute to sustainable socio-economic growth in China.

Specific Objectives:

  • To foster sustainable building practices among Micro, Small and Medium Entreprises  (MSME)s in Chongqing City and Yunnan province and further promote these practices in western China over 2016 to 2019.

 The Challenge:

China’s unprecedented socio-economic growth has triggered a vast expansion of the country’s building sector. As a result, since 1990, the energy consumption of buildings has increased by 40%. Furthermore, China’s building sector accounts for almost 30% of the country’s final energy consumption. Hence, enhancing energy-saving practices in the building sector represents a critical way to fulfil China’s ambitions of developing a resource efficient and low carbon pathway. In fact, the Chinese government aims that 50% of the country’s new constructions will meet green building standards by 2020. At present, it is estimated that only 10% of new construction projects currently reach this standard. Out of these mentioned  10% of construction projects, a large majority (about 90%) are located in the more developed eastern part of China. In contrast, the expansion of sustainable buildings in western parts of the country, such as Chongqing and Yunnan Province, remains still in the early stages.

 The Project Consortium:

  • Environment and Energy (WI)
  • China Association of Building Energy Efficiency (CABEE)
  • Chongqing Association of Building Energy Efficiency (CQBEEA)
  • Yunnan Development Centre for Building Technology (YNBTDC)
  • Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA)
  • Yunnan Engineering Quality Supervision Management Centre (YNEQS)
  • Chongqing Economic Promotional Centre for Building Material Industry (CEPCBM)
  • Bank of Chongqing (BOC)

 Associated Partners

  • Ministry of Housing and Urban & Rural Development (MoHURD)
  • Yunnan Provincial Agency of Housing and Urban & Rural Development (YNHURD)
  • Chongqing Municipal Agency of Housing and Urban & Rural Development
  • (CQHURD)
  • Chongqing Banking Association (CQBA)
  • Yunnan Banking Association (YNBA)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • econet china I Germany Industry & Commerce Greater China
How to Design And Co-Create Greener Cities?
14 Nov, 2018

Cities consume more than half of the world’s energy and cause over 70% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. At this critical crossroads, it is essential to benefit from the creative and innovative power of cities in responding to these challenges and exploring the value of nature as a part of the solution in combatting climate change and its impacts.

The URBACT City Festival gave cities a unique chance to be in the limelight and exchange experiences. On the 13th of September 2018, Bologna (IT), Manchester (UK) and Stavanger (NO) presented their approaches to using the ground-breaking concept of nature-based solutions to respond to a range of challenges in their cities, and to meet national, as well as global sustainable development goals.

Source: Urbact

New "Mobility Circle" Event Thinking Mobility Ahead
13 Nov, 2018

The first Mobility Circle gets underway on November 14, 2018 in Hamburg’s Curio-Haus and comes against the backdrop of the Mobility 2040 study. Commissioned by the ADAC and implemented by the Zukunftsinstitut, the study speaks of “upheavals similar to those after the invention of the car 125 years ago”. 

Moreover, this Platform meant to promote exchange, inspiration and networking on future of mobility will include smart cities, electric and emission-free vehicles and shared services bringing together managers and specialists from the automotive industry, transport companies and start-ups as well as stakeholders from business, politics and society.

Source: Hamburg News

Increase in Parking Fees to Improve Quality of Life
07 Nov, 2018

Amsterdam is growing, flourishing and getting more and more crowded. Keeping the city liveable and accessible is a major challenge. Cars still place a huge burden on the available space. In its efforts to restrict traffic in the city centre, the City Council is proposing an increase in parking fees for visitors. Anyone who wants to park in Amsterdam will pay more for this service starting in April 2019.

Amsterdam City wants to encourage residents and visitors to change how they travel to and around the city. Many Amsterdammers choose not to use their cars or even make the conscious decision not to buy one. More and more visitors are starting to use the P+R (Park + Ride) facilities on the outskirts of the city.

Source: Gemeente Amsterdam

Dr. Karsten Sach Gives An Opening Speech At The World Cities Day Conference
06 Nov, 2018

In support of a sustainable urbanisation process, the Director-General for International and  European Policy, Climate Policy in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Dr. Karsten Sach, traveled to Xuzhou, China, for the World Cities Day Conference on the 31st of October. In his opening remarks, Dr. Sach stressed the prominent role cities can play in global sustainable and climate-friendly development as well in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 agenda. He also underlined the importance of collaboration between China and Germany for sustainable and integrated urban development within the framework of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership. 

The Third Working Group Meeting on Urbanisation
01 Nov, 2018

On the 1st of November, the third Working Group meeting on Urbanisation (WGU) between the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) took place in Xuzhou. At the meeting, the themes of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership (SGUP) for the next three years were identified. The selected four themes are plus energy buildings and districts, energy efficiency under the scope of sustainable urban renewal, climate adaptation in cities as well as transformative city. In addition, the attendees made progress on the planning for the first Sino-German Urban Forum in China on the 30th of November 2019. The forum will be attended by German and Chinese city representatives as well as stakeholders from the fields of politics, business and civil society from both countries with the aim of exchanging best practices of sustainable urbanisation.

Scientific and Technological Innovation Ushers Xixian New Area onto the Track of the New Economy
16 Oct, 2018

The Xixian New Area signed the Innovative Urban Development Economy Alliance Cooperation Agreement with the China Science Center of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences and two other organizations. According to the Agreement, the three premier think tanks will be tasked with providing intellectually rigorous and sound consultancy services for spurring the innovative and high-quality development of Xixian New Area.

In recent years, Xixian New Area has prioritized the fostering of a suitable environment for promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and the development of the new economy. Its constant and determined effort has given birth to the Western China Science & Technology Innovation Harbour Wisdom Uni-Town, Northwestern Polytechnical University UAV Industrial Base and other major technological and mass innovation platforms. 

Looking ahead, Xixian New Area is seeking to further improving its business environment and striving to transform the area into an exemplar of innovation and entrepreneurship, a leading cluster of new economy businesses and a benchmark for innovative urban development along the routes of the Belt and Road.

Sources: http://en.xixianxinqu.gov.cn/2018-10/16/c_282798.htm

Greenport Congress Will Head To Valencia In 2018
05 Oct, 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
04 Oct, 2018

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

Inside a Pedestrian-First ‘Superblock’
07 Aug, 2018

Excess traffic, unmitigated pollution, a lack of green space: These problems aren’t unique to Barcelona. But the city’s answer is the creation of a Pedestrian Superblocks, a 40-acre/tic-tac-toe section of the street grid that the city has transformed into pedestrian-first environments has shot the Catalonian capital to the cutting edge of urban design since Mayor Ada Colau took office in 2015. Drawing inspiration from the city’s historic plan, Colau centered her transportation policy platform around wide-scale pedestrianization of the city, with the goal of reducing private car and moped use by 21 percent.

Source: City Lab

The CO2 Roadmap from Rotterdam To Paris
05 Dec, 2017

The Paris climate agreement requires us to cut CO2 emissions by 95%, right across the board; so that means energy, industry, and also mobility. In a city like Rotterdam, mobility is responsible for around 20% of all emissions. So it is not the biggest polluter, but it is certainly an important and complex one. The method used in Rotterdam is called CO2 roadmapping”; It is taken the sum total of vehicles in the city and break it down into various categories. What modes of transport are used in Rotterdam? How many are there? What are they used for? Knowing the contribution made by each mode of transport, Rotterdam can calculate the yields per individual measure.

Source: TNO

Sustainable Urban Design: Rotterdam’s Route of becoming a World Leader as an Experimental City
16 Dec, 2016

Rotterdam opened its doors for Europe and the rest of the world. Additionally, the residents are only happy to be a part of the experiments. It’s pretty impressive how Rotterdam has turned the tables from being known as the home of crime to being more inventive in sustainability compared to other cities 10 times as large.

There are several experiments that are conducted worldwide aimed at developing sustainable urban designs. Currently, Rotterdam stands as one of world’s most sustainable cities. The city loves playing with new ideas. It is fast rising as a sustainable design capital and is a home of dozen experimental projects; moreover by the year 2020, all houses in Rotterdam are set to have carbon neutrality according to law.

Source: Trenditech

Separate Waste Collection in Bologna's City Centre
18 Jul, 2016

During 2016, Hera continued to implement the city centre separate waste collection project, consisting in the construction of mini underground drop-off points for glass and organic waste, and simultaneously starting door-to-door separate waste collection district by district, and other collateral actions such as custom collection for businesses, separately collecting crates (wood and plastic), plastic packaging, paper non-separated waste and to upgrade existing underground drop-off points for disposal of cardboard and non-separated waste.

Source: Hera Group

Green Area Inner-City Agreement to Finance Tree Planting in Bologna
05 Mar, 2016

Bologna, like many Southern European cities, is facing drought, extreme temperatures and water scarcity as a result of climate change. With no national or regional adaptation action plan still in place, the city of Bologna took it upon themselves to draft an Adaptation Plan to Climate Change. The plan, which was approved by the City Council on October 2015, focuses on the development of innovative, concrete measures that could be tested locally. These measures were developed as part of the LIFE+ project BLUE AP (Bologna Local Urban Environment Adaptation Plan for a Resilient City).

Source: European Climate Adaptation Platform

Strategic Plan for Internal Sustainability – Department of Urban Ecology
20 Jan, 2016

The Strategic Plan for Internal Sustainability for the Department of Urban Ecology 2015-2022 (PESI GEU) is the strategic instrument that translates the principle objectives of the Government, the 2012-2022 Citizen Commitment and the Plans from different sectors into concrete actions that make our values a reality. It serves to drive the transition towards a sustainable city and an economy that's respectful of the environment and social rights. PESI GEU defines the internal actions that the Department of Urban Ecology has to bring about in order to incorporate environmental and social sustainability in its different sectors in a gradual, transversal and participative manner.

Source: Barcelona.cat

Bikes Have Overtaken Cars
20 Dec, 2015

The City of Amsterdam has made great efforts to promote greener means of transport, and successfully. The citizens now prefer bicycles over cars.

Over the last thirty years, the municipal authority of Amsterdam has worked hard on encouraging bicycle use by providing cycle paths and lanes; bicycle and pedestrian friendly roads and an extensive network of parking facilities for bicycles. The main bicycle routes through the city are part of the ‘Hoofdnet Fiets’ bicycle network. A complex network of bicycle routes through the entire city, which ensures all of Amsterdam is safely and comfortably accessible by bicycle.

Source: European Commission

Berlin Emphasises the Environmentally Sustainable
04 Dec, 2015

With a youthful population, a history of development built on public transport rather than cars and a reputation for embracing the new and fashionable; it is not surprising to find that Berlin is at the forefront of technological change when it comes to personal mobility.

Germany’s capital has more than 400 electric car-charging points and four hydrogen refuelling stations, making it the leading city in Germany for alternative forms of transport. A major expansion of this infrastructure is under way.

City authorities are determined to build on these environmentally friendly trends, as Berlin grows and parts of the city become more affluent.

Source: Financial Times

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of Barcelona (2013-2018)
10 Apr, 2015

The Urban Mobility Plan of Barcelona 2013-2018 attempts to lay down guidelines in matters of mobility for the city of Barcelona in the coming years, with a clear focus on sustainability.

The principal objective of the Plan is to achieve the implementation of Superblocks with a level of traffic network saturation similar to the present. For this purpose, alternative transportation will be better implemented (new orthogonal bus and bicycle networks, carpool and pedestrian lanes, etc.), and restrictive measures will be placed on private vehicles, such as an increase in the price of metered parking.

Source: BCN Ecologica

The Berlin Strategy - Urban Development Concept Berlin 2030
24 Mar, 2015

The city of Berlin is experiencing rapid transformation growth that represents both opportunities and challenges for urban development planning. In managing growth, the city administration is committed to a culture of participation to ensure Berlin continues to be a sustainable and cosmopolitan metropolis.

The Berlin Strategy outlines eight priorities that will determine Berlin’s medium- to long-term development opportunities and gives an overview of actions the city will undertake in order to effectively respond to present and future challenges. Additionally, ten transformation areas have been identified and set geographical priorities to provide a tangible framework for implementing the Strategy at community level.

Source: Metropolis

Valencia Envisages To Reduce Urban Emissions by 40% by 2030
08 Mar, 2015

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

Why Berlin is THE City for Smart Transportation & Energy
08 Feb, 2015

Beyond the numbers and reports, Berlin’s affinity for smart transportation and energy can also be felt by simply exploring it personally. Nearly half of the city is green space. Berlin’s transportation system is web of bike lanes, bus routes, subway lines, and more. What is perhaps most striking is the city’s excitement and potential for new technologies that make its role in our fast changing world even more prominent.

Germans frequently use car sharing service such as car2go and DriveNow; but in no other German city did these services catch on as well as in Berlin. Moreover, Along with the opening of new startup spaces such as Factory, Berlin TXL has announced its plan to open up a research and industrial park for urban technologies.

Source: Startup Boot Camp

Rotterdam Plans Most Sustainable Building in the Netherlands
13 Sep, 2014

Rotterdam defines green building policy as policies that affect the entire life of the building, from design and construction to operation and deconstruction; moreover, it is taken into account the economics of green buildings, with particular emphasis on information problems and externalities.  Also for this reason, the city of Rotterdam released a bevy of gorgeous green designs for a new mixed-use city hall building that will become “the most sustainable in The Netherlands”. The city challenged designers to create something spectacular, something that will be energy efficient, use sustainable materials, be useful for various people and events, generate its own energy, recycle and take out its own trash. With this project, Rotterdam wants to present an overview of green building economics and policies through a survey of theoretical and empirical evidence concerning green building practices. 

Source: Inhabitat