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Discussions and expo are better and more high-level
How do we really build a low-carbon city; how do we develop green architecture; and how canwe possibly hope to sustain development?
These questions and many others are exactly the sort of thing that the second China (BinhaiTianjin) International Eco-city Forum & Expo hopes to address.
This is the second year of the forum, which is held in the Binhai New Area of the municipality of Tianjin, and runs from Sept 23 to 27. Last year it attracted over 100,000 people.
Zong Guoying, head of the Tianjin Binhai New Area, has explained that this year’s is bigger andbetter, with more high-level, instructive discussions.
“Representative of China’s pilot cities for low-Carbon development as well as those from advanced cities overseas will take part in a roundtable, joining academics and business peopleto share their views on green development,” Zong said.
“There will be a parallel expo at the same time showcasing low-carbon technologies andproducts,” he added.
Xu Datong, head of the New Area’s commerce committee said they are expecting more than 600 important guests for the forum.
“The expo covers a 37,000-square-meter area and has more than 1,300 booths all concernedwith low-carbon techniques and eco-friendly cities, in the areas of green architecture, arecycling economy, and emerging industries,” Xu explained.
There will also be separate meetings on government policies, new products, and green financeto bring potential buyers and sellers together and to serve the needs of exhibitors, theorganizing committee said.
“The forum will bring pioneering ideas and methods, mature experience and methods,advanced technology and products, and the top people in eco-friendly urban development fora high-level green feast of ideas and practices,” Zong said.
The five-day forum has a main session and six panel discussions on eco-standards, low-carbon improvements for urban planning and infrastructure, rethinking green architecture, and directions for the future.
It also comes with an annual report, details of the current low-carbon development situation in China that is expected to be instructive for future development, Zong said.
Ji Zemin, the deputy director of the commerce committee, said that seven model, low-carboncities, including Shenzhen and Xiamen, will send delegates to explain their experiences with high-tech developments.
Ji said that everyone is welcome to visit the expo to get a feel for the future of cities.
The forum will be a permanent fixture and a place where all countries can come and exchangeideas on eco-city development.
Zong noted that Binhai still needs greater global wisdom for green development and said thatthe forum will help the district in its search for sustainable development and an efficient,resource-saving economy and harmony between human and nature.
This year is also the first year of China’s 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) and, given theeffects of global climate change and the increasing number of natural disasters, low-carbonsolutions for development has become a major concern of city managers. So, this year’s themeis “low-carbon development and eco-cities”.
Organizers of the forum and expo are the National Development and Reform Commission,Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Tianjin municipal government, and ChinaCenter for International Economic Exchanges.
TIANJIN – Ecological city planning and construction will play a crucial role in energy saving and emission reduction as well as low-carbon industry, as half of the global population live in cities that use 70 percent of the world’s energy.
That was the message at the opening ceremony of the Second China (Binhai Tianjin) International Eco-City Forum and Expo on Friday.
“The eco-city must be the direction of urban development for the future. The world’s cities, a critical symbol of modern civilizations, hold half of the world’s population. These residential hotspots consume 70 percent of the world’s energy, produce 75 percent of waste and emit 80 percent of the carbon dioxide”, said Ablet Abdureshit, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, who announced the opening of the grand event.
The carbon dioxide emissions of 287 small cities in China accounts for 72.6 percent of the nation’s total. The top 100 cities ranked by GDP are responsible for 51.7 percent of those emissions, according to Niu Wenyuan, chief scientist and leader of the sustainable development strategy research group under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Eco-cities will be a huge breakthrough in energy conservation, emissions reduction, and the low-carbon industry. Cities can be the pioneers in abandoning obsolete developmental strategies and the “high input, high consumption, and high pollution” model, he said.
Eero Kalervo Paloheimo, an internationally known ecologist, said China can become a leader in eco-city development.
“All the different branches of industry need renewal. New kinds of traffic, energy production and recycling technologies are needed. The long period of industrialization in the West has created dependence, which is not easy to resolve. It is apparently easier for China to make deep, general and radical changes to the structures of production,” he said.
“China and Singapore had decided to build the Sino-Singaporean eco-city in Tianjin, the first of its kind in the world. Now, not only the planning, but also the construction is under way. For a Westerner, it’s amazing.”
Paloheimo expressed his faith in the Tianjin Binhai New Area.
“I have no doubt that the project, as an eco-city standard-setter, is a great step toward a new era. It will absolutely be a tourist attraction for designers from Europe and the United States”.
Zong Guoying, head of the Tianjin Binhai New Area, said: “The Second China (Binhai Tianjin) International Eco-City Forum and Expo will lead in-depth and profound discussions based on hot subjects, including the development of eco-cities, global cooperation, ecological finance policies, and low-carbon development and standardization, to explore innovative approaches and strategies to build eco-cities”.