Green OBOR

China's Foreign Trade (English) - - Industrial Watch - By Liu Xin­wei

Re­cently, the meet­ing pre­sent­ing green tech­nol­ogy in One Belt One Road (OBOR) has is­sued Bei­jing Ini­tia­tive, and this ini­tia­tive aims at strength­en­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion with all sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal com­mu­ni­ties from coun­tries along the routes of the land and sea silk roads, tack­ling dif­fi­cul­ties that came along in the green de­vel­op­ment process, car­ry­ing for­ward the silk road spirit and the prin­ci­ple of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, as wel l as pro­mot­ing prac­tica l co­op­er­a­tion.

Zhang Qi, the pres­i­dent of Dragon De­sign Foun­da­tion, ex­pressed that most coun­tries along the land and sea silk roads are emerg­ing and de­vel­op­ing economies so they are con­fronted with chal­lenges and dif­fi­cul­ties in the process of trans­for­ma­tion and up­grad­ing.

Europe at­taches im­por­tance to in­tro­duc­ing sus­tain­able en­ter­prises to China

Be­sides coun­tries sur­round­ing China, the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive has also gained uni­fied recog­ni­tion among Euro­pean coun­tries, and even those with ad­vanced sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy as well as those con­sid­ered the cra­dles of in­no­va­tion have started to set their eyes on the green con­struc­tion of OBOR.

In 2008, the Euro­pean Cham­ber of Tech­nol­ogy was es­tab­lished to help Euro­pean com­pa­nies go­ing global and be­com­ing suc­cess­ful and com­pet­i­tive. Flo­rian Von Tucher, chair­man of the cham­ber, ex­pressed at the pre­sent­ing meet­ing that OBOR pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity for Euro­pean en­ter­prises to en­ter the Chi­nese mar­ket and also ex­plore third- party mar­ket­places by us­ing the Chi­nese mar­ket as a plat­form.

“The cham­ber will help the Chi­nese com­pa­nies to gain tech­ni­cal ad­van­tages by in­tro­duc­ing sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal ad­van­tages to the Chi­nese mar­ket,” said Tucher. “So far, there are three main ar­eas to be taken into ac­count in or­der to do that, namely, they are sus­tain­able ur­ban­iza­tion, life sciences and in­dus­try 4.0.”

He also pointed out that OBOR is a big op­por­tu­nity for Euro­pean com­pa­nies, many of which have been quite suc­cess­ful in China and are now launch­ing new projects in new mar­ket­places to pro­mote the green­ness of OBOR.

Euro­pean econ­omy is mainly driven by mid­dle and small- sized en­ter­prises but it is chal­leng­ing to in­volve them in the China-europe re­la­tion­ship. The chair­man of Swis­sAsian Cham­ber of Com­merce Tuck Seng Low said that though Switzer­land is a small coun­try with only eight mil­lion peo­ple, it has the largest con­struc­tion com­pany in the world, and big bio-medicine com­pa­nies like Basel.

Tuck Seng Low said in Geneva there are im­por­tant tech­nolog y in­cu­ba­tors and they have co­op­er­ated with many univer­si­ties and re­search in­sti­tu­tions to in­cu­bate dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies.

“In the fu­ture, OBOR must be built upon dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies rather than bricks and tiles,” said Low. He also called for fur­ther­ing co­op­er­a­tion among Asia, Europe and Africa.

He said that it is vi­tal for both China and coun­tries along the routes to prac­tice in the prin­ci­ple of green de­vel­op­ment and to ad­vo­cate a green, low-car­bon, re­cy­clable and sus­tain­able life­style.

Low also sug­gested, “Coun­tries along the routes should strengthen

their eco­log­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­for­ma­tion con­struc­tion, carry out tech­trans­fer and ex­change & co­op­er­a­tion, as well as to re­al­ize the goal of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in 2030.”

Chi­nese en­ter­prises on the way to green­ness

Though China has just started de­vel­op­ing green in­dus­try, some Chi­nese com­pa­nies are de­voted and pas­sion­ately ex­plor­ing en­vi­ron­ment-friendly ways to de­velop its econ­omy.

Ac­cord i ng to Che n Ya n , the vice pres­i­dent and the project direc­tor of Coretech, tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion in this com­pany can help al­lo­cate re­sources pre­cisely and rapidly, and re­al­ize in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion more ef­fi­ciently, thus pro­mot­ing the s t r at eg ic d e v el­op­ment of China’s econ­omy. “Any in­no­va­tion of tech­nol­ogy has a life cy­cle and ef­fi­ciency is of the most sig­nif­i­cance to a l l sc ient i f ic and tech­nica l achieve­ments. China now faces great chal­lenges from is­sues like ill-de­fined sci­ence and tech projects, rentseek­ing ef­fects, etc., which ham­pers the in­ver­sion process from find­ings to prod­ucts,” said Chen.

He ex­pressed that Coretech will strengthen its co­op­er­a­tion with Dragon De­sign Foun­da­tion and Green De­sign In­sti­tute to build a think tank for the green con­struc­tion of OBOR, a plat­form for green tech­nol­ogy trans­fer, and an in­ter­na­tional plat­form for co­op­er­a­tion in green tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion. It will prac­ti­cally pro­mote the green con­struc­tion of OBOR by en­vi­ron­ment-friendly means and form a com­pre­hen­sive, green and in­no­va­tive lay­out of in­dus­trial chain.

So far Coretech has al­ready es­tab­lished more than 20 in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion sites in Shang­hai, Guang­dong, Guangxi, Shan­dong and Sichuan at home and ex­tended to coastal coun­tries along the mar­itime Silk Road such as Brazil and Malaysia.

Chen stated, “it is qual­ity rather than quan­tity that we are at­tach­ing great im­por­tance to.” Coretech has been keep­ing watch­ful eye on many green in­dus­tries such as rail tran­sit, IOT, en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion, mod­ern agri­cul­ture, new ma­te­ri­als, new en­ergy, medi­care, etc.

As a rep­re­sen­ta­tive among many other Chi­nese elec­tri­cal equip­ment en­ter­prises, He­bei Juhang Elec­tri­cal Equip­ment Ltd. Co fol­lows up the na­tional eco­nomic poli­cies and will con­trib­ute to the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive by co­op­er­at­ing more com­pre­hen­sively with other coun­tries.

The deputy man­ager of He­bei­juhang Elec­tri­cal Equip­ment Ltd. Co, Xu Yax­uan said, “our com­pany has unique green tech­nolo­gies” and this means that He­bei­juhang is tak­ing a mod­ern, green and in­tel­li­gent path of de­vel­op­ment.

Xu sa id t hat t he com­pany has suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented its man­age­ment model for smart fac­to­ries and in­tel­li­gent en­ter­prises, which en­ables its tech­nolo­gies to be more adap­tive to changes and en­able the com­pany it­self to con­nect equip­ment.

“Due to the mod­ern and in­tel­li­gent man­age­ment of the sys­tem, we can greatly re­duce the cost of pro­duc­tion and oper­a­tion, to re­duce waste, save re­sources and pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment,” Xu said.

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