On 31st May, the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena), German Energy Agency concluded a cooperative agreement in Berlin with the Chinese city of Deyang (Sichuan Province). The aim of the partnership is to introduce energy and climate protection management procedures developed by dena and to draw up a plan for the efficient supply of energy to one of the city’s districts.
Specifically, it involves the ‘Deyang High-Tech Industrial Development Zone’. The development area covers 68 km2, and the focus is on three branches of technology: civil aviation, biotechnology and oil production. 5 square kilometers are to be developed through international cooperation, in particular using technology and know-how from Germany. The companies Wilo and Wacker Chemie, are partners in the cooperative project.
dena’s Managing Director, Kristina Haverkamp, and the Director of the Deyang High-Tech Industrial Development Zone, Zeng Changjiang, signed the contract during the Federal Environment Ministry’s ‘Sustainable Urban China’ conference. The cooperation is part of the German-Chinese project ‘Eco-Cities in China’, which dena is implementing jointly with the Chinese Society for Urban Studies (CSUS), the think tank of the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD).
dena’s Eco-Cities partnerships not only support cities by reducing pollutant emissions — they also increase experience and establish structures for sustained urban management, while further developing markets for energy-efficient products and services. To this end, models are devised and favourable conditions are established for investment in technology aimed at improving efficiency. Other cities could be guided by the German-Chinese Eco-Cities model.