On January 2, 2020, China Association of Circular Economy(CACE) and Carbon Trust organized a closeout meeting on P4G Circular Economy Retrofitting of Chinese Industrial Parks(CERCIP) project in Beijing, sharing the main outcomes, and listening to experts' opinions for the Guidance for Circular Economy Retrofitting of Industrial Parks: Technical Guideline, Financial Mechanism Design and Case Study" (hereinafter referred to as the Guide), discussing the challenges and opportunities of circular development of China's industrial parks. Zhou Hongchun, researcher from the Development Research Center of the State Council, Zhang Tianzhu and Chen Lujun, professors from the School of Environment, Tsinghua University, and Wang Xuejun, professor from College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University attended the meeting.Representatives from related parties participating in this meeting are: Chen An, Technical Director of the Secretariat of the Green Alliance of the National Economic Development Zone, Hu Qiying, Project Director of GIZ, Jia Yamei, Jiangsu Strategy and Development Research Center, and Shi Lei, deputy director of the Key Laboratory of National Environment Protection Eco-industrial, Tsinghua University, and Zhang Nan, analyst at the China Office of Carbon Trust. The meeting was chaired by Guan Shixuan, the deputy secretary-general of CACE. Zhao Kai, the vice president and secretary-general of CACE, and Ma Jinjin, the director of the International Cooperation Department of CACE attended the meeting.
P4G(Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030) was launched in 2017 by a group of countries and international organizations, who view partnerships as the key to achieve accelerated and high-impact solutions. P4G aims to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by bringing together the private sector, civil society and public authorities in partnerships for green and inclusive growth. The CERICP was jointly initiated by China Association of Circular Economy, Carbon Trust, Anhui Lu'an Yeji Economic Development Zone Administration Committee and Overseas Development Institute. It is the only start-up project of the P4G first phase projects implemented in China. The project was launched in January 2019 with an implementation period of one year. The project uses Yeji Economic Development Zone as a pilot park, and is committed to promoting joint cooperation between national and local governments, park administration committees, third-party industry organizations, and related enterprises and financial institutions, enhancing the ability of industrial parks to recycle and promote related design of business models and financing mechanisms.
Zhao Kai, the vice president and secretary-general of CACE, affirmed the achievements of the project over the past year, and thanked the experts and relevant representatives for their arrival. Shi Lei, deputy director of the Key Laboratory of National Environment Protection Eco-industrial, Tsinghua University, as the expert of the project team, shared the technical guidelines and case sections of the Guide. Through the design of six links (organization and leadership, data collection and analysis, goal and plan formulation, implementation plan, implementation evaluation and plan improvement), 18 specific implementation steps are proposed (leadership and team formation, work plan formulation, status survey, data analysis, material flow analysis, etc.), pointing out the direction for the implementation of retrofitting industrial parks. At the same time, Professor Shi took Yeji Economic Development Zone as a case. Through the benchmarking analysis of the six links and eighteen steps in the guideline process, the completion of the park's projects, economic environment and social benefits, problems and suggestions for improvement were analyzed in depth. Zhang Nan, an analyst at the Carbon Trust China Office, introduced the business model and financing mechanism in the guide. By combing the main business models of recycling transformation (including recycling procurement, by-product exchange, remanufacturing, waste recycling, etc.), and an analysis of the financing mechanism and incentive policies for the development of circular economy in industrial parks at home and abroad, has provided a series of suggestions for financing the circular transformation of industrial parks in China.
Zhou Hongchun, researcher from the Development Research Center of the State Council, Zhang Tianzhu and Chen Lujun, professors from the School of Environment, Tsinghua University, and Wang Xuejun, professor from College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University and other industry experts affirmed the significance of the project, and provided suggestions on the improvement of the Guide. Chen An, technical director of the Secretariat of the Green Alliance of the National Economic Development Zone, combined with his own work experience, provided suggestions for the operability of the guide. Hu Qiying, Project Director of GIZ, and Jia Yamei, Jiangsu Provincial Strategy and Development Research Center, combined with relevant international cooperation projects being implemented, introduced the problems encountered in the cyclical transformation process of the Jiangsu Provincial Park, and affirmed that the Guide provides a powerful direction for the development of circular transformation for Jiangsu parks.
Next, the project team will continue to improve the content of the Guide to make it more operable. The project will spread China's experience to more countries through the P4G platform and promote the development of circular economy in industrial parks around the world.