Construction of the transport infrastructure within the 4-sq-km Sino-Singaporean Eco-city start-up area of Tianjin has begun and full construction of the 30 sq. km. city will start next month.
In April, the Chinese and Singaporean governments approved a development plan for the eco-city. It will be the second flagship Sino-Singaporean cooperation project, the first being the Suzhou Industrial Park.
The green development will help Tianjin, a city of limited resources, in having sustainable development nearby.
The key performance index includes air, water, transport, forestation, energy efficiency and waste management.
It will not, like certain other cities, pursue a ‘zero CO2 emission’.
More than 90% of the traffic in the eco-city will be low-pollution public transport.
The eco-city, which is located 40 km from Tianjin city and 150 km from Beijing, will cover 10 sq km of salt pan, 10 sq km of desert and 10 sq km of watered, but low quality, land.
Located along the Jiyun River in Tianjin’s Hangu district it will have residences, commercial space and factories, all of which will comply with international standards of energy use and environmental protection.
Source: China Daily and Green Leap Forward