China has by the Financial Times been predicted to surpass the US and become the world’s largest economy within this year. The economic growth that China has experienced during the past decades has lead to new challenges and opportunities within energy supply and optimisation, and the country is investing heavily in developing smart cities
such as the SSGKC.
It is on this background that an MOU between CLEAN and SSGKC was signed at the Royal Danish Consulate General in Guangzhou, China. Apart from the signatories, the participants included high-level stakeholders such as the Consul General of Singapore, Guangzhou Development District Government, the Consul General of Denmark in Guangzhou and senior representatives from Danish companies.
The Development of Green Energy, Green Buildings and Much More
The SSGKC is a landmark project based on China’s economic transformation and regional development. The vision of SSGKC is to be a unique, vibrant and sustainable city that is highly attractive to both talent and knowledge-based industries, and to serve as a model and catalyst for the Guangdong area. The master developer of the SSKGC is a joint venture between Guangzhou Development District and Singbridge. The SSGKC has established KPIs that support their ambition of developing sustainable and environmentally friendly infrastructure for the eco city.
CLEAN initiated a dialogue with SSGKC in 2013, and the MOU will pave the way for integrated Danish city solutions to be implemented in the SSGKC and thus provide Danish companies an opportunity to co-create smart city solutions in China.
Specifically, the focus will initially be within green energy, green building, smart city and eco buildings. The Danish delegation included 7 Danish companies: Aguasol, Atelier Dreiseitl, Babcock & Wilcox Vølund, DESMI Pumping Technology Co., Dong Energy, NorthQ, and SPIREA.DK, representing the above 4 focus areas. The companies participated in a two day co-creation workshop with the key stakeholders from SSGKC, where the initial projects and collaborations where discussed.
Co-Creating the Chinese Smart City of the Future
During the two day workshop in Guangzhou, the Danish companies engaged with the key stakeholders related to the SSGKC and they were introduced to the vision and current development. SSGKC wants to create a smart city that is technology driven and able to integrate and interact across multiple domains to achieve sustainability, resident well-being, and economic development.
In the start-up area (SUA) of 6.12 sq km, about 40% of the roads are constructed and the SUA is expected to be completed with move in condition by 2017. The entire project extends beyond 2020. To achieve its ambition, the SSGKC has been looking abroad to find the best solutions, which within the area of smart and sustainable city can be provided by Danish companies. The MOU marked an official interest in working with Danish solutions co-created in the local environment in Guangdong.
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