Providing Technical Support for the U.S.-China Eco-City Partnership


NRDC recently joined the Advisory Panel of the U.S.-China Eco-City Partnership led by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and China's Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD). Ensuring eco-friendly, low-carbon urban growth is an increasingly pressing need for China as 350 million rural people are expected to migrate to cities in the next two decades. To promote green urbanization, NRDC has been actively promoting best practices for smart growth and low-carbon development in China. Launched in July 2013, the Eco-City Partnership currently works with six Chinese cities (Hefei, Langfang, Weifang, Rizhao, Jiyuan and Hebi) and three U.S. cities (Charlotte, Columbus, and San Francisco) to apply low-carbon guidelines and demonstrate eco-city principles. As a technical adviser, NRDC is currently reviewing the Chinese pilot cities’ development plans, providing policy recommendations, and suggesting appropriate technologies that comply with DOE and MoHURD standards. NRDC will also facilitate mayoral exchanges and comparative studies among the U.S. and Chinese pilot cities to promote potential green business development and project opportunities.