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Sustainability and Low-Carbon Economy in China

China’s model of economic growth has been highly energy intensive in a booming economy driven by low-end production for past 30 years. This is coupled with investment-driven urban-industrial infrastructural expansion and a surge of investment in heavy industry, which supply the inputs for China’s entire expansion. The environment in China was inevitably polluted. Nevertheless, China government realized these problems and prioritized sustainability and low-carbon economy into the China’s 11th 5-Year plan. In addition, China State Council has voluntarily announced its aim to cut China’s carbon dioxide emission by 40%-45% in 2020 from 2005 levels after Obama, US President, visited China.


Lately, the 2nd Dongtan Forum was held in Century Park, Shanghai, China on 27th Nov. The major themes are climate change and low-carbon economy in China. 20+ companies and organizations attended this forum. They are Abott, Amway, Century Park, China International Trust and Investment Bank, Dupont, L’Oreal, Shanghai Bell, Siemens, Vanke Group, Walmart, WRI, WWF and 3M. The 1st Dongtan Forum was held in Dongtan in 2008, which was the reason why forum was named as Dongtan. Dongtan was a plan for a new eco-city on the island of Chongming, Shanghai. The name of the city literally translates as “East Beach”. In order to protect the Dongtan’s environment, the forum organizers decided to move the venue to Century Park.


Expo 2010 will be held in Shanghai. Its theme is “Better City, Better Life”. Sustainability and green urban development are major topics during the whole occasion. Many countries’ pavilions focus on the theme of sustainability.


SAP also launched sustainability-related solution and marketing campaign on SAP China official website and other famous IT media. The area presents the solution map and includes topics of sustainability performance management, energy & carbon, product safety &stewardship, people-health-safety and environmental performance assurance. BPX also set up a dedicated area for sustainability topic and related solutions. SAP is a supporter of the initiative.


Other interesting readings:

Dongtan on Wikipedia

China to build first eco-city

Some Dongtan-related discussions on forum

China’s National Assessment Report on Climate Change (II): Climate change impacts and adaptation

We Are Going Together with the Copenhagen, from

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