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Could Tianjin's Experimental Eco City Change China's Urban Centres?

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China is home to some of the worlds biggest urban centres, however the majority of which are plagued by dust, pollution and traffic jams. It’s clear that China must address these issues before it’s too late. The Sino-Singapore Eco City in Tianjin, could hold the answer. As the world’s largest projected eco-city, it could forecast the future model of China’s urban centres as its design aims to combat each of the major issues plaguing Chinese cities.

Tianjin will be one of the world’s largest urban experiments. General motors is already using the city to test out the next generation of driverless electric vehicles and see if they can function in a normal traffic system. Other projects being discussed are low energy lighting by Philips and a rubbish collecting system developed by Swedish company, Envac that sucks the waste through special ducts. Heating systems that use solar energy are also planned and the possibility of powering government- owned buildings with geothermal energy will also be explored.

“Our eco-city is an experiment, but it is also practical,” said Wang Meng, the deputy director of construction. “There are over 100 eco-cities in the world now, and they are all different. If you look at the one in Abu Dhabi, they spent a huge amount of money and bought a lot of technology. It is very grand, but is it useful?”.

The city project is expected to be completed by the end of the decade, after a projected investment of around 250 billion yuan (£25 billion), part of a joint financial and administrative collaboration between the Chinese and Singaporean governments. Currently, 60 families have already moved in.

Only three years ago, the area on which the eco-city is currently being built was little more than a desolate waste land ruined by chemical pollution from surrounding factories. Chinese authorities have managed to clean-up the site and hope to use a similar process around other sites in the country. If successful the city could pave the way for many other functional eco-cites in China, helping to tackle the major environmental challenges facing the country.

Source: ZME Science

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