The Yangtze Delta demonstration zone outlines the CO2 peak strategy

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Hu Min / SHINE

A water town in the Yangtze River Delta Ecology and Green Integration Demonstration Zone

The Yangtze River Delta Ecology and Green Integration Demonstration Zone will cut the amount of carbon emissions by over 20 percent by 2025 compared to 2020, according to its recently released carbon spike plan. The zone will implement 25 measures in this regard.

The 2,413-square-kilometer zone includes Qingpu District in Shanghai, Wujiang District in Suzhou in Jiangsu Province and Jiashan District in Zhejiang Province.

By 2025, the zone’s energy intensity is to be reduced by 15 percent from 2020.

Zero growth in carbon emissions is the goal by 2030, with carbon-neutral technologies in widespread use by then, the draft says.

The zone will control energy consumption and optimize energy structure through the development of green energy industry. By 2025, 1,600 megawatts of new photovoltaic systems are to be installed.

A low-carbon building system will be established by 2025, with the zone advocating green design, construction, materials and deconstruction processes.

The research, development and application of green and low-carbon technologies in construction is accelerated by new technologies such as 5G, Internet of Things, big data and artificial intelligence.

An environmentally friendly and intelligent transportation system will be built in the zone, including new-energy buses.

By next year, more than 75 percent of the buses operating in the zone will be new energy buses, and the number is set to increase further to 90 percent by 2025, according to the plan.

Meanwhile, environmental rehabilitation efforts based on the draft will be intensified.

By 2025, forest cover in the zone is expected to reach 10 percent and garbage sorting performance of over 95 percent of the residential complexes will meet the standard.

Green credit, investment, bond, insurance and fund products and instruments are cultivated.

By 2025, two to three national-level green and low-carbon research institutes will be established in the zone, and green technology demonstration will be implemented in the fields of meteorological change, ecological agriculture, environmental improvement, and environmental protection and sanitation.

It will also develop a green manufacturing system, supported by green product design, low-carbon facilities, green industrial parks, and green supply chains.

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