By Julia Beabout, PE
Today, the officials and companies from three cities came to us (as opposed to the mission participants traveling to the cities – a restful change!) While still in Qingdao, we had meetings with representatives from three other Shangdong cities: Dongying, Linyi and Weifang.
These “second tier” cities have sustainability goals and are in great need of energy efficiency solutions. Many of the best and emerging opportunities for US businesses can now be found in the second tier cities.
The day began with a presentation by each city and continued with group meetings, as well as one-on-one meetings, between the trade mission participants and each city delegation.
Below are descriptions of each city:
Dongying is a young coastal city established in 1983. It is home to China’s second largest oil field. Much of its industry centers are around this resource. However, it also has the most geothermal resources in Shandong province and receives 2600 hours of incident solar radiation per year. It is home to the Solar Energy Institute, 48 clean energy enterprises, the Clean Energy Cooperation Area (CECA) and the China-US Clean Technology Transfer Center.
Linyi is located in southeastern Shandong Province. Sunzi’s famous “Art of War” was unearthed here. It was rated as a “top-50 best commercial city in China” by Forbes for three consecutive years. The city currently has 14 power generation projects underway including five wind projects and five PV projects. Approximately 68% of its energy consumption is industrial. In 2013, among all the second-tier cities in China, Linyi was named to the United Nations green industrial platform.
Weifang is located in the middle of Shandong Province. It is home to approximately nine million people. Their most famous resident is Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner for literature. Its chief industry is agriculture and is also home to the largest salt chemical producer in China and has the largest underground salt reserves in the country. Weifang is also a leading car parts manufacturer and home to two state-level development zones including Weifang High and New Tech Zone and Binhai Economic and Technological Development Area (BEDA). It is one of the first China-US low-carbon eco pilot cities and maintains an office in Silicon Valley, California. It has received several sustainable designations and titles including UN-Water Environmental Model City, the National Environmental Protection Model City and the first national recycling economy demonstration city.