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Hangzhou sets pace for China’s cities

Date
13 September 2011
Hangzhou sets pace for China’s cities

BEIJING: The first phase of China Redesign has begun to great success in the city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, capturing China’s countrywide media attention while helping drive the urban Clean Revolution.

China Redesign is a landmark program of The Climate Group which was launched in March this year, and will aid Chinese cities in meeting the emissions reductions targets of China’s 12th Five Year Plan as well as help develop and implement low carbon growth strategies through the scale-up of key clean technologies.

Working together with Southern Media Group, the China Redesign program team conducted “City Tour – Seeking Low Carbon Practice” from August 2011. It aims to address cities’ challenges in low carbon practices, and to develop targeted capacity building. Hangzhou is the first stop of the Tour.

During the Hangzhou tour, Hangzhou’s new energy vehicles, bicycle communities and low carbon city management and more were discussed, showing the City's low carbon development to be an effective model for the spread of practice in other Chinese cities.

Officials from Hangzhou Development and Reform Commission and Economic Committee attended the first session on 31 August, 2011, which was a roundtable followed by site visits, one of which included a new energy vehicle demonstration project.

Subsequent roundtable and site visits focused on the low carbon transportation and public bicycle system, of which Hangzhou Public Transport Group attended, where they introduced the public bicycle project and discussed related issues. 

On September 1, 2011, Officials from the Development and Reform Commission and the Science and Tech Bureau of Xiacheng District discussed the development of low carbon district building at another roundtable, and introduced the China Low Carbon Technology Museum.

The two-day “City Tour – Seeking Low Carbon Practice” concluded in Hangzhou station, where it was clear that the Hangzhou Development and Reform Commission is in full support of The Climate Group’s China Redesign program.

After the events, an in-depth series of news reports was written by South Metropolis Newspaper, involving a profile of the demonstration project studies and a follow-up evaluation. 

The Climate Group will continue to work with those local Governments to develop the demonstration project step by step, and according to the China Redesign plan. 

Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group said: ‘Through Southern Media Group, Hangzhou and The Climate Group working together, a win-win result is born for all three parties. The Southern Newspaper takes an expert stance through its exposure of the City's "low carbon city line", which in turn helps the City achieve its own low carbon development mission. Hangzhou and the co-operation between the three parties will create a model of city low carbon practice to inspire the up-take in the rest of China too."

Following the Hangzhou station, the program will head to Wuhan, Chongqing, Guangdong and more, and will further promote the practice of urban low carbon projects. 
China Redesign works with eight cities across China to converge city decision makers, businesses and financiers to create effective policies and financing models over the next three years. Ten demonstration projects will showcase holistic solutions in renewable energy, urban planning, sustainable transport, green building and construction, energy management, project finance and green industrialization.
The results of the three year program will be published in a series of manuals and a project toolkit, so that the strategies and projects can be replicated by more cities in China and other developing economies.

Program: China Redesign

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