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Tianjin Eco-city Cleantech Focus (part 2)

The catch lies in the blurry definition of what an eco-city actually is; what is appropriate, acceptable and ecologically responsible within a wide range of sustainability indicators? Globally, a question mark still hovers in clean technology circles over what is and what is not an eco-city. Indeed, how far must urban planners go in order to develop a metropolitan area with enough measures of sustainability to warrant recognition as an ecologically friendly area? The SSTEC is trying to tread this very wide line, to bridge the traditional urban industrial fossil-fuel-heavy model and the radically innovative concept of a zero carbon city. Unanimously, proponents of the SSTEC trumpet its green features, such as low household water consumption, large areas of public green space, and low per capita domestic waste generation. While the figures trumpeted by developers are by no means carbon neutral, and not nearly as high as expectations set by previous eco-city projects; their manageability make them attainable, and their presentation has made the entire Tianjin area incredibly sexy for investors and businesses looking to operate in the Bohai Economic Rim.

Tianjin Eco-city Cleantech Focus (part 1)

Tianjin is on fire.

At the center of the blaze is the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City (SSTEC), a joint-venture between Singapore and China, which aims to herald a new era of sustainable urban development. The eco-city is part of a long-term goal to transform a 30-square-kilometer piece of previously underutilized urban land into a fully-functional urban enclave, and to spark the movement in China to ‘green' its rampant industrialization.
Tianjin Eco-city

When it comes to recycling, humanity needs to think big

When someone asks you to think about 'what can we recycle?' you may come up with many answers straight away. Plastic bags, cans, paper, different types of plastic; there are so many things that we are reminded to recycle every day. The facilities for them are slowly improving year by year. In the UK, several major supermarkets now charge a nominal amount for plastic bags in order to get customers to consider if they need them, and a lot of local areas have set up specific household and community recycling bins. Yet, considering how technology is advancing in terms of what we can recycle, we need to broaden our minds a bit more to make that a reality. Why only keep to the little things when modern technology gives us the capability to think so much bigger?


Recently the methods of recycling have expanded to include more modern technology. For example, mobile phones are now commonly recycled, with several companies offering cash in exchange for them. Ink cartridges can be recycled or refilled, cutting down dramatically on the waste from printers.

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP): China will be the world's largest country for the eco-friendly industry

These 7 industries, which is planned as China's economic pillar, include: new materials, new energy (green power, alternative energy), alternative energy automotive industry, energy saving and eco-friendly, new generation of information technology, biotechnology, high-end equipment manufacturing industry.

China's Hydropower Push in the 12th Five-Year Program period (2011-2015) (part 6)

Another source of resistance of the hydropower developmen comes from population displacement. In the past, half of hydropower development costs were incurred due to the displacement of residents, and many displaced migrants return after development begins. Construction costs for a hydropower plant is 40 percent higher than a fossil fuel power plant, resulting the concerns on the worth of hydropower. The most remarkable exmaple is Three Gorges hydro project too.

But for Chinese local governments, hydroelectric development is a way to displace impoverished populations and reduce a county's financial burden.

China's Hydropower Push in the 12th Five-Year Program period (2011-2015) (part 5)

Environmental protection organizations and problems involving population displacement are the main two obstacles to the development of hydropower (Hydroelectric power generation). For example, one hydroelectric power generation station in Nujiang has been a center of controversy since 2003, and had to stop operations.

Approval for large hydropower projects had to come from State Council departments which are responsible for investment, not just Chinese local governments from 2007 on.


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