As part of its Urban Infrastructure Initiative, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has released its report on Yixing, a city of 1.25 million inhabitants in the Shanghai-Nanjing-Hangzhou delta, which was selected as the pilot city for China.
The Urban Infrastructure Initiative (UII) was launched by the WBCSD in 2010 to provide an interdisciplinary team of sustainability experts from industry who would work with city officials to assist with infrastructure development in that city. The experts are provided at the companies’ expense to emphasise the value of involving business at an early stage in the planning process. Initial cities selected for the UII with ICLEI’s assistance were Turku in Finland, Tilburg in the Netherlands and four cities in Gujarat in India. For Yixing, the UII team came from Siemens, Schneider Electric and AECOM, with the aim of assisting the city’s municipal government to be a demonstration city for sustainable development in China. Consultations began in April 2012 and ran until February of this year.
Two issues identified in the report for immediate action were the need to use a scientific approach to rational land use and the need to protect cultural and ecological assets through compact mixed-use urban design.
- CBCSD and Members Participated and Suggested on the Project for Technical Regulation on Low-carbon Pilot Community
- CBCSD and Members Participated in the APEC Cooperation Network Construction Forum of Green Supply Chain
- Calculation Method of CO2 Emissions in Petroleum and Natural Gas Exploitation Enterprises & Calculation Method of CO2 Emissions in Water Network of Chemical Enterprises
- CBCSD Attended the Workshop for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development and Delivered Introductions
- WBCSD: Tackling the Challenge, How to Make Informed Choices on Forest Product?
- The National New-Type Urbanization Plan Released, Board Members of CBCSD Help the Sustainable Development of Cities
- Board members of CBCSD Actively Participated in the Carbon Trading and International Climate Change Process
- Two industrial Standards Compiled by CBCSD Passed Examination
- Widespread Use of the Achievements Businesses Energy Saving and Greenhouse Gas Management
- CBCSD held Chemical industry enterprise value chain (range 3) greenhouse gas emissions, accounting and reporting guidelines