China is facing a rapid transformation in urbanization and the upgrading of existing and development of new buildings. With buildings contributing to almost 40 percent of the overall energy consumption in cities today, they serve as one of society’s main sources of CO₂ emissions.
With China’s new ambitions to reach peak CO₂ emissions before 2030 and carbon neutrality in 2060, solutions which can contribute to efficient use of energy, water and other resources, waste reduction, good indoor air quality and design and operation is in high demand.
For Nordic companies offering such solutions, China presents an interesting market due to their rapid growth, urbanization and will to invest in sustainable solutions.
Through the Nordic Sustainable Cities special initiative, Nordic Innovation together with Cushman & Wakefield (Chengdu Office) is planning to hold a high-level webinar with key stakeholders in the city of Chengdu in order to promote Nordic solutions and provide an insight into market opportunities for Nordic companies.
The webinar will be held in Chinese.
The webinar aims to share successful experiences with sustainable development in the Nordic countries, drive Sino-Nordic cooperation in the green building sector and facilitate export for Nordic companies to China.
Furthermore, a detailed report about the development of green buildings and related technologies in Chengdu drafted by Cushman & Wakefield can be found here:
Chengdu is the capital city in the Sichuan province and is with an urban population of more than ten million people also the largest. Due to its location, Chengdu is one of the most important economic, financial, commercial, cultural, transportation, and communication centres in western China.
Chengdu started its exploration of green city development as early as 2005 with the successful formation of a series of ecological protection-related plans.
Chengdu is committed to strengthening ecological and environmental protection in order to promote the development of green industries, improve environmental protection and green systems, and gradually press ahead for the continued development of the city in order to construct a resource-saving and environmentally friendly society and thus creating a liveable and green city.
As of 2020, the exploration of green city development in Chengdu has gone through three stages. For the first and second stages, the focus has been primarily placed on ecological protection. For the third stage, an in-depth study of green city construction in Chengdu has been conducted, in terms of urban spatial layout, industrial structure and green economic development.
Nordic solutions for sustainable cities
The Nordic Sustainable Cities special initiative is an effort to promote Nordic solutions for sustainable, liveable and smart cities. It is run by Nordic Innovation as is one of six flagship projects under the Nordic prime ministers' initiative Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges, which aims is to share knowledge and experience from the Nordic region to help reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative is coordinated by the Nordic Council of Ministers.