Urban Renewal Annual Meeting was successfully held in Tsinghua University

Policy for urban renewal in China has undergone significant changes since the 2000s, with the priority shifting from the speed of urbanization to the quality of urban life, the urbanization rate having risen from 10.64% in 1949 to nearly 60% in 2019. This year the Urban Renewal Annual Conference was successfully held in Tsinghua University, […]

2019 Mayors Tour on Structural Change and Energy Transition

The 2019 Mayors Tour was successfully completed with 16 government officials and business leaders from Tianjin participating this year. Over the course of two weeks, the delegation visited several cities in the Ruhr area as well as Munich in the Southern part of Germany, discussing the ongoing structural change, the energy transition towards renewable energies […]

Workshop by Sino-German Urban Cycling Research Project successfully launched

Environmental problems have aroused widespread concern in recent years to tackle pollution. Cycling, as a low-carbon transport vehicle, gains increasingly support yet continues to face huge challenges. In order to gain a better understanding of  China’s current cycling system, the joint research project Study on the Sino-German Urban Cycling System and the Construction of Bicycle […]

UN Habitat partners with Alibaba to explore use of AI in cities

The UN Habitat’s first Assembly (ever) took place over the past week in Nairobi, hosting more than 3’000 delegates from over 116 countries along with civil society representatives, business leaders and experts from all over the world. With progressing urbanization, the UN agency, as the main organization for human settlements and sustainable urban development, serves […]

China plans recycling project “No-Waste Cities”

In light of the alarming increase of 10 billion tons of waste every year, the Chinese central government has now announced the pilot program No-Waste City in 16 regions, including major cities such as Shenzhen and Weihai. The program, spearheaded by Zhuang Guotai, vice-minister of ecology and environment, will support provincial governments with financial, technical and policy […]

Third Working Group Meeting on Urbanisation

On the 1st of November, the third Working Group meeting on Urbanisation (WGU) between the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) took place in Xuzhou. At the meeting, the themes of the partnership for the next three years were identified. […]

A glimpse of the Workshop on Ultra-Low Energy Consumption and Plus Energy Buildings

The construction sector is a massive resource guzzler and emissions contributor. One of the key experts for the Plus Energy Building workshop, Giulia Peretti from the Werner Soberk Group, introduced the environmental position of the global construction sector. 58% of total waste generated is from the building and construction sector, along with over 35% of […]

State Council of PRC promotes the transformation of old urban communities

On June 19, Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council, presided over the State Council executive meeting to promote the transformation of old urban communities and discuss measures to meet the general publics’ expectations of their current standard of living. The meeting determined the following objectives: The object range and standards of the transformation should […]