Cities Applying for Model Ecologically Friendly City Status
Eight experts from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development will be conducting a thorough inspection in the efforts of the city to become ecologically friendly. Shenzhen, Suzhou, Guilin and nine other cities are applying for a national model status in terms of building an ecologically friendly city.
The ministry initiated the proposal last year during the evaluation of the possibles candidates performances in urban management, urban construction management, landscaping, ecological control and protection, energy saving and emission reduction, as well as an improved living environment. This Thursday the eight experts will be inspecting parks, hiking and cycling tracks, waste treatment plants and landfill sites and ecological reservations.
In recent years Shenzhen has been persistent in turning the city into an ecologically friendly model, with approximately 45 percent of its urban area having been landscaped so far. The city has also achieved a zero emissions of sulfur dioxide status by using natural gas in their power plants. Energy recycling was also a priority, and the solar photovoltaic power generation facility in Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park has been supplying 6.48 million kilowatts of electricity to the city.
The city will also be adding more cycling and hiking tracks in the next three years plus urban space renovation is being pushed through with 5.5 billion yuan to be spent renovating old urban areas.