Progress in Sino-Dutch cooperation on Low Carbon City project in Shenzhen

Last week, a second Sino-Dutch expert meeting took place regarding the development of a low carbon city in Shenzhen. The concrete result is to start up Sino-Dutch cooperation on two different issue areas before September 1, 2012. The Dutch delegation consisted of a mix of research institutes, companies and local and national government.
In total a number of 50 experts from both Chinese and Dutch side gathered at the Vanke Center – one of the most sustainable buildings in China – in Shenzhen to discuss the master plan and pilot projects presented by the Shenzhen municipal government and research institutes. On the first day of plenary presentations Shenzhen elaborated on their plans, while the Dutch presented their comprehensive approach of spatial planning. In-depth discussions on topics such as renovation, energy systems and mobility took place on the following day. A ceremony during which the conclusions of the meeting were signed, closed the successful meeting.

Further steps that have been identified include a Sino-Dutch workshop to review the master plan in greater detail and to start with joint pilot projects before September 1 of this year. The vice-mayor of Shenzhen, Dr. Tang Jie was very positive about the progress made during the meeting. This observation is shared by the Dutch delegation. The results of the meeting are a definite step towards further cooperation.

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