How an Eco-city Works

Southern Innovator - - WASTE & RECYCLING -

An eco-city is ris­ing from for­mer in­dus­trial waste­land in China. The Sino-sin­ga­pore Tian­jin Eco-city is pi­o­neer­ing new ways of liv­ing by com­bin­ing a green city with re­search labs and de­vel­op­ment of new, green tech­nolo­gies.

Plan­ning The Eco-city is a planned city and is de­vel­op­ing in phases. Its de­vel­op­ment is con­trolled and in­cludes a pro­vi­sion for busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties and ser­vices such as schools.

Smart tech­nol­ogy The Eco-city is hi-tech, uses smart tech­nolo­gies to mon­i­tor energy use and of­fers its res­i­dents high­speed In­ter­net. It uses pas­sive tech­nol­ogy to ex­ploit day­time sun­light and wind to warm and cool build­ings.

Energy The Tian­jin Eco-city gets its energy from a mix of sources: so­lar, wind, heat ground­sources, and biomass.

Econ­omy The Eco-city is near the vi­brant Tian­jin in­dus­trial zone with many for­eign man­u­fac­tur­ers and hi-tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies. Within the Eco-city it­self, there are cre­ative busi­nesses such as an­i­ma­tion stu­dios and green busi­nesses and re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) labs work­ing on de­vel­op­ing orig­i­nal green tech­nolo­gies.

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