Singapore Business Mission Visits Tianjin Eco-City

Hsieh-Min Loy
The Sino-Singapore Tianjin eco-city is a flagship collaborative project between Singapore and China governments. Its vision is to become “a thriving city which is socially harmonious, environmentally-friendly and resource-efficient – a model for sustainable development”. Upon completion in 2020, 350,000 residents will live there.

Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Lee Yi Shyan led a business mission to Tianjin and Beijing in March 2012. The mission aimed to highlight business opportunities in Tianjin for Singapore companies, notably the Tianjin eco-city.

I was honoured to be part of the business mission to Tianjin and to witness the ground-breaking ceremony of the Low-Carbon Living Laboratory. The new lab will be showcased as a green building in the eco-City.

The eco-city’s 30 sq km site is situated 150km from Beijing, 40km from the Tianjin city centre and 10km from the core district of the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA). The TBNA was identified in 2006 as China’s third economic growth area after Shenzhen and Shanghai Pudong New Area. Since then the TBNA has succeeded in attracting over 150 Fortune 500 multinational corporations, and Tianjin’s GDP shows over 16% year on year growth.

Innovative sustainable solutions will be used to address the challenges of high density urban living.

The city will function as a model for how Chinese cities could develop and solve some of the huge environmental problems facing the region. Innovative sustainable solutions will be used to address the challenges of high density urban living. The development will use a unique Green Building Evaluation Standard (GBES). This is an environmental assessment tool jointly developed by Singapore and China. All development in the eco-city must achieve the GBES environmental rating.

Key features include:

  • Innovative public transport and pedestrian-oriented urban design to limit the use of cars
  • Building developments that meet green building standards
  • A wetland to provide natural treatment for recycled wastewater
  • Organic waste usage to produce heat and power, with 60 per cent of the city’s waste being recycled
  • Power and water consumption management,  with clean and renewable electricity generation, to limit carbon emissions

Both the Singapore and Chinese governments are keen to promote the eco-city as a stable platform for companies looking to enter the North China market. To date, over RMB1.6 billion has been invested by Singapore companies.

Sustainability and energy continue to be a key part of Faithful+Gould’s growth plans in China. We have offices in Shanghai, Shenzen, Beijing and Suzhou. Suzhou specialises in delivering sustainability services to clients.

We envisage that our clients will increasingly engage with the Tianjin eco-city and the surrounding region and we have the project management, cost management and sustainability skills to guide and support their projects.

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