By Tom McGregor, CNTV Panview Commentator
China has long struggled with pollution. It’s inevitable that when a nation transforms from an emerging market into a developed one, there would be growing pains. China’s economic success story has helped hundreds of millions of Chinese escape from poverty, but new societal ills have arisen.
Rapid urbanization, along with the rise of Chinese megacities (metro-area populations – 10 million+) have inflicted heavy air, land and water pollution on the populace. Accordingly, pursuing a sustainable development path should not only mean higher GDP (gross domestic product) annual growth rates, but better living conditions as well.
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping has emphasized a ‘New Normal’ that ties economic expansion with sustainable development principles.
Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Province Eco-zone
Shifting to a greener China would not be easy, but the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin and Hebei Province are collaborating with government agencies, companies and NGOs to clear the air in the nation’s capital city.
On Wednesday, Langfang City hosted the 2016 International Green Industry Expo to introduce recent developments of green technology and invited local officials and companies to participate. The Expo had worked in partnership with IGEA (International Green Economy Association).
“In the 13th 5-year Plan, green development has been added to the core concepts for China’s development blueprint,” Louis Xiong, executive deputy secretary-general for IGEA, told CNTV Panview. “That means there’s a framework to bring outside technologies to China and to transfer Chinese technology to countries in need through the Belt & Road initiative.”
Smart grids cut auto emissions
The Chinese government hopes to embrace a greener future via hi-tech breakthroughs. Beijing-based Jiadao Technology Co. Ltd. offers “regional motor vehicle cloud detection operating management services” to control auto emissions.
Jiadao utilizes cloud detection into Internet + smart equipment operations and services provider to track real-time vehicle pollution from long distances.
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection is coordinating with Jiadao to set up pilot projects nationwide. Jiadao is responsible for building a cloud detection management center that is connected to highway video cameras.
Vehicles that are identified on camera sensors to emit more than 10grams/kilometer of carbon emissions would then be processed into a data supervising system and owners are informed that their vehicles have been banned from the roads.
Jiadao has opened a research and development (R&D) center in Beijing’s science district, Haidian. The company is upgrading equipment that specialize in exhaust inspections.
Mud power plants for factories
The Hebei Green Industry Expo held a few surprises for spectators. The SoftBank-invested China Virtuous Science Silver Co., Ltd. sponsored a booth to display its power plant model that converts mud and sludge into electricity for nearby factories.
The company had recently invested 300 million yuan (about $US46.3 million) to construct a mud power plant in Xinji City, Hebei Province, where many leather-making factories are located.
“It’s all about using organic mud and organic waste that turns into electricity, which has become a more common method for water treatment,” said Zhinqiang Zhao, managing director of 3Z Company Ltd.
Zhao added, “Mud is a lot like coal in how the substance can transform into a more reliable energy source.”
Blueprint for green development
China has already made much progress to tackle pollution in Beijing and other parts of the country. Yet, the nation still has a long way to go to clean up smog. China’s 13th 5-year Plan has outlined ‘green development’ as a key target while aiming to maintain medium-high GDP annual growth rates.
Green technology advancements can make China’s air, land and water cleaner for the benefit of our world.
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