Final version of joint China Center for Urban Development and JPI Urban Europe report

In May 2018, JPI Urban Europe together with China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) released a Joint Report on „Sustainable Urban Development – Main Challenges and Good Practices in Europe and China” at the 2018 EU-China Forum in Tianjin, China. After translation and revision, the final version of the joint report was presented, in English and Chinese, at the 2019 Tianjin Forum and Living Lab Workshop.

Both for Europe and China, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the guiding principles for targeted actions. Thus, JPI UE and CCUD agreed to prepared a Joint Report on case studies in the areas

  • Sustainable urban planning and urban renewal,
  • Energy efficiency and low-carbon development,
  • Transport and mobility.
  • Sharing economy, and
  • Smart urban governance.

At the European side, collaborative JPI UE research and innovative projects – SubUrbanLab, me2, Smart Commuting, UrbanData2Decide, Incubators for Public Space – were presented that addressed problems at urban neighbourhood level while at the CCUD described initiatives at the level of whole cities.

The report shows that, in general, Europe and China are facing similar urban challenges. There are differences regarding the scale of urbanization and easy to scale up, stages of socio-economic development, approaches to governance regarding sustainable urban development, and ways to involve the public. The report clearly showed that the complexity of urban problems calls for interdisciplinary and intersectoral approaches involving different expertise and stakeholders.

Read the full report here
Read more about the 2019 EU-China Forum on Urban Scientific Research here
Read more about the 2018 EU-China Forum on Urban Scientific Research here




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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857160.