Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster contributes to roundtable discussion on Greening China’s cities of tomorrow

Understanding China, Friends of Europe and EUROCHAMBRES hosted a high level roundtable in Brussels on 8 March 2012. The subject of the discussions was ‘Greening China’s cities of tomorrow’, and Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster was invited to contribute to this important debate

Reforms and EU's expertise needed
A wide range of issues facing Chinese policymakers were discussed. High on this list of challenges were the questions of energy efficiency and sustainable urban infrastructure as well as the highly centralized Chinese city administration system.
Given the fact that Chinese cities are not very autonomous, it was concluded that there are number of reforms that need to be undertaken. The EU's expertise in urban development will be invaluable in China's urbanization plans, which will concentrate on four aspects of urban growth: streamlining urban agglomerations, improving the process of rural-to-urban migration, building sustainable urban infrastructure, and developing better practices in city management.

Strong presence provided for a lively and relevant debate
About 40 senior discussants including the Chinese Ambassador to the European Union, European Commission's Head of Unit for International Relations and Enlargement at the Directorate General for Energy, Director General of the China Centre for Urban Development of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), members of the European Parliament and other policy makers, business leaders and academicians from both EU and China took part in a lively debate. There were about 80 observers.

Triple helix the way forward
On behalf of Copenhagen, Neelabh Singh, Head of Complex Cleantech Solutions participated in the roundtable discussion. He found the debate very constructive in addressing core issues.

- The triple helix has proved an invaluable framework for effective collaboration in the Danish setting and could serve as an ideal foundation in the Chinese contex, explained Neelabh during the discussion.

- Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster is providing innovative frameworks for co-creating solutions by combining Danish expertise with local knowledge in various parts of the world, he further added.