EcoPartnership

Snapshot from Qinghuangdao, China

Andy Mangan, US BCSD Executive Director, is in China this week meeting with China Business Council for Sustainable Development staff, member companies, and government representatives working on the Hebei By-Product Synergy Project. Here’s Andy alongside Mr. Zhai Qi, Secretary General of the CBCSD, at the shore in Qinghuangdao.

Andy will be traveling from Qinghuangdao to Ulsan, South Korea next week to attend the International Society for Industrial Ecology’s biennial conference at the University of Ulsan. The city is one of the best examples of the amazing development of South Korea. It’s is home to Hyundai (ship building and automobiles), the SK refinery and petrochemicals complex, and has a large and developing Eco-Industrial Park, which will be a model for industrial symbiosis around the world.

Hebei BPS Project Gains Strong Local Government Support

In May 2012, the US BCSD and the China Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBCSD) initiated a Hebei By-Product Synergy Project under the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue’s EcoPartnership program. One year later, the project continues to gain momentum.

The mayor’s offices of Huainan and Qinhuangdao, as well as the Hebei provincial government, have all recently voiced their strong interest and support for the project in talks with CBCSD representatives. The project team is in the process of selecting two or three pilot industrial parks in Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province and Huainan City, Anhui Province, to develop and test the implementation procedures, select the list of participating enterprises, draw lessons from domestic and international successful practices, and screen BPS technologies.

To support the Hebei BPS project, the US BCSD is developing an online materials marketplace designed to facilitate and manage materials data and transactions for BPS projects. This marketplace will allow easy access to materials data, synergy knowledge, and potential resources available based on facility type and industry.

The BPS effort in Qinhuangdao City aligns with a National Science Foundation research project led by the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology entitled: Developing Low-Carbon Cities in the USA, China & India through Inter-Disciplinary Integration Across Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences & Public Health. The project includes a focus on BPS as a short term intervention that would likely be beneficial both environmentally and economically, and is considered an important component of the NSF grant.

This project will produce cross-industry material reuse opportunities that ultimately bring a circular economy network to the Hebei region in China through the matching of wastes and under-valued resources at one facility with potential users at other facilities. For more information, visit: http://usbcsd.org/us-china-ecopartnership/

US and China Business Councils Selected for New EcoPartnerships Program

The United States Business Council for Sustainable Development and its counterpart in China have been selected to join the US-China EcoPartnerships Program, which formally brings together businesses and other stakeholders to help solve pressing energy and environmental problems facing both countries.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to welcome the US BCSD, the China Business Council for Sustainable Development and five other new EcoPartnerships that will collaborate on projects that provide economic, environmental and societal benefits. The signing ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 10 in Washington, D.C.

The new EcoPartnerships were selected by a Joint Secretariat co-chaired by U.S. Department of State and the People’s Republic of China’s National Development and Reform Commission.

Through the EcoPartnership program, the US and China business councils will strengthen an existing bi-national business partnership focused on achieving sustainable development. The partners will develop projects on water, energy, climate and ecosystem objectives. Specific plans could include applying new financing approaches for energy efficiency in commercial and industrial buildings and implementing by-product synergy, a system that allows companies from diverse industries to work together to match their underutilized waste streams with potential users at other facilities.

The EcoPartnership Program was established under the U.S.-China Ten Year Framework on Energy and Environment, approved in Beijing in 2008. The program links stakeholders from the public, private, and civic sectors across the United States and China to solve environmental and energy challenges and address climate change in ways that promote economic growth.

The other new EcoPartnerships include: Case Western Reserve University with the China National Off-shore Oil Corp – New Energy Investment Co, Ltd.; Duke Energy of Cincinnati, Ohio and the city of Charlotte, N.C., with ENN Solar Energy Group of Langfang, China; the State of Utah with Qinghai Province in China; the Center for Climate Strategies in Washington, D.C. with Global Environmental Institute of Beijing; and Purdue University with the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research in Beijing.

The US BCSD is an Austin, Texas-based business association that provides opportunities for its members to work on sustainability projects with industry, governmental and other key stakeholders that might not otherwise have the chance to collaborate and network. The projects generate economic returns while improving the environment and society – the triple bottom line.

The China BCSD is a coalition of leading Chinese and foreign enterprises established through the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. Since its foundation in 2003, CBCSD has been proactively promoting sustainable development activities focused on corporate social responsibility, environmental protection, and clean production.

The two councils are part of a network of 60 national business councils worldwide associated with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a global network of 200 international companies with members drawn from 30 countries and 20 major industrial sectors. The US and China business councils represent more than 100 member companies including Shell, Dow Chemical, Alcoa, General Motors, Sinopec, BaoSteel, Procter & Gamble, and State Grid.

Click here to download a .pdf of the press release.

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