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China Leading the way in the Development of Eco-Cities

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A new survey undertaken by BritCham- CBBC member, the University of Westminster shows that China is leading the way when it comes to the development of eco-cities.

In the most far- reaching and comprehensive international census of the world’s eco-cities, data shows that one third of the number of projects are located in Asia, and China leads the pack with a total of 25 projects. In Europe, the UK and France top the table with 18 and 13 cities respectively.

Aimed at achieving various environmental, social and economic sustainability goals, eco-cities look to encourage renewable energy use, promote public transport, reduce waste, improve water quality, and generally make cities more habitable for its residents.

Country Number of eco-cities

China 25
UK 18
USA 17
Japan 16
India 15
France 13
Sweden 6
Germany 6
South Korea 5
Australia 4
Canada 3
Spain 3
Netherlands 3
Norway 3
South Africa 3
Austria 3
Italy 3

Professor Simon Joss, lead researcher, University of Westminster said: ’Efforts to make cities environmentally and socially sustainable and innovate in urban development have, in recent decades, culminated in a new phenomenon, primarily aimed at meeting the dual challenge of climate change and rapid urbanisation.

’In recognition of the key role played by cites both as the cause of, and potential solution to, these changes, the concept and practice of eco-cities have continued to gain global significance and become increasingly mainstream when it comes to government policy-making.’

The survey was put together by the University of Westminster, the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC). A copy of the report can be found below.


Source: University of Westminster, Farminguk.com

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