Tian­jin clean tech plat­form pro­motes co­op­er­a­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By ZHANG MIN in Tian­jin zhang­min@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Po­ten­tial buy­ers in the clean tech­nol­ogy sec­tor from China can choose to at­tend in­vest­ment fairs among tra­di­tional av­enues — or now they can just open their com­put­ers and the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion will be de­liv­ered di­rectly to them.

A startup web­site called TEDA In­ter­na­tional Clean Tech Trans­fer Plat­form (www.icttp.org), which was launched on Dec 15 by the Tian­jin Eco­nomic-Tech­no­log­i­cal De­vel­op­ment Area (TEDA), aims to serve as a more con­ve­nient and eco­nom­i­cal way of im­prov­ing the in­creas­ing in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in the clean tech sec­tor.

The govern­ment-sup­ported plat­form, which is mainly an in­for­ma­tion provider, of­fers news and in­for­ma­tion re­leases, pol­icy in­ter­pre­ta­tion, in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights pro­tec­tion, video con­fer­enc­ing and other cross-bor­der com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices as well.

“In the 27 years I have been do­ing tech­nol­ogy trans­fer­ring, we never had this kind of plat­form for in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion,” said John Deal, En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­trol Of­fi­cer of IX Power Clean Wa­ter, which has brought cut­tingedge high con­cen­trated wa­ter treat­ment tech­nol­ogy to a part­ner in China.

“Be­ing able to have a plat­form for in­no­va­tion is it­self an in­no­va­tion,” Deal said.

A week af­ter the launch, six com­pa­nies from In­done­sia and In­dia pub­lished on it their clean tech de­mands in such ar­eas as light­ing, air and ur­ban refuse — and 22 sup­pli­ers from the UK, China, France, US and other coun­tries also ap­peared on its home page.

Play­ers in the sec­tor say the clean tech in­dus­try in China has re­ally taken off, and the bal­ance between eco­nomic growth and en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion is in­creas­ingly be­ing struck by the clean tech­nolo- gies which the au­thor­i­ties and con­sumers are de­mand­ing.

China’s new Five-Year Plan (2016-20) has com­mit­ted to low-car­bon eco­nomic tar­gets, which en­cour­ages the de­vel­op­ment of clean tech.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the World Bank re­leased in 2014, China’s to­tal in­vest­ments in clean tech­nol­ogy could reach $415 bil­lion in 2024.

“More bridges like this plat­form should be built since China now has a lot clean tech to of­fer to the world,” said Du Xiaob­ing from Dalian Na­tional Demon­stra­tion Dis­trict of Eco­log­i­cal In­dus­try Co Ltd.

Of­fi­cials with the Tian­jin TEDA Low-Car­bon Econ­omy Pro­mo­tion Cen­ter (or TEDA Eco Cen­ter) said they would col­lect and as­sess the needs of 219 na­tional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ar­eas, a process which could mean hun­dreds of new jobs.

Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, the cen­ter, a non­profit body which is sup­ported by TEDA, is ded­i­cated to be­com­ing the first in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and im­ple­ment­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion in China pro­mot­ing tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion and spread­ing the low-car­bon econ­omy.

“Tech­nol­ogy which can clean the in­dus­trial chain is in high de­mand in TEDA. In the mean­time, we hope more com­pa­nies from other coun­tries see de­vel­op­ment hap­pen­ing here and even­tu­ally set­tle down in TEDA,” said Song Yuyan, the cen­ter’s di­rec­tor.

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