Tianjin Eco-city: A model for sustainable development in the eastern world

The Tianjin Eco-City project aims to serve as a legacy for future generations by creating an environmentally friendly, economically viable, and energy efficient urban area. As climate change becomes an increasingly alarming global issue, this project could serve as a valuable model in creating future sustainable developments throughout Asia and the world at large.

Born through a partnership between the governments of China and Signapore, the Tianjin Eco-City project demonstrates the committment of both countries in addressing climate change, energy conservation, environmental preservation, and sustainable development. The project site is situated just 40km from Tianjin city centre, and 150km from China's capital, Beijing. Expected to be completed by 2020, the project will comprise of innovative technologies, concepts, and designs and will cost a total of 50 billion yuan (US $9.7 billion).

The project will take a human-orientated approach and follow 22 quantitative indicators that will guide the eco-city's development. One such indicator includes per capita public green space, which should be at least 12 square metres per person by 2013.  Another indicator strives for 20% of energy utilized in the eco-city to be renewable, including solar and geothermal. These various indicators fall under four key approaches, including good natural environment, healthy balance in a human-made environment, good lifestyle habits, and developing a healthy and efficient economy.

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