China lacks skills to design eco-cities
New report says China had bold plans for eco-city development, but that confusion over financing and a skills gap is stalling progress
The report, China at a Crossroads – put together with help from sustainability experts at Atkins – said China lacks some of the skills and technologies necessary to effectively design and operate ‘greentech solutions’
‘We envisage developing training programs and initiatives – such as university courses; company training programs; work-study exchanges; and partnerships between international and Chinese design institutes – to address the skills gaps identified,’ it said.
The report, issued by China Greentech Initiative – which lists PwC, BP and Coca Cola China among its supporters and advisers – also said the country needed to counter scepticism about eco-cities, and that although China had bold plans for eco-city development, confusion remained over the true meaning of the term.
‘New business models and financing mechanisms should be developed to better balance the relatively short-term financial needs for development with the long-term economic, environmental and social benefits,’ said the report
It also urged architects to work closely with planners, engineers, local officials and construction firms from an early stage on eco-cities.
‘At the same time, new collaboration models need to be developed for projects, perhaps adapting the public-private partnership models that are proving to be effective in other countries.’