JPI Urban Europe and CCUD release Joint Report

JPI Urban Europe and China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) release Joint Report on „Sustainable Urban Development – Main Challenges and Good Practices in Europe and China” at 2018 EU-China Forum in Tianjin (China) on 18 May 2018.

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.

The 2018 EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development that convened 600 experts from Europe and China including high-level officials and experts from China. Provided an excellent occasion to release the Joint Report and raise visibility of JPI UE in China.

JPI UE and CCUD signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July 2016 that laid the ground for exchange of information and joint activities in the area of sustainable urbanisation. The report provides a good basis for shaping future cooperation between JPI UE and CCUD that shows that the two organisations are very well positioned for facilitation the creation of Sino-European partnerships between experts and city stakeholders supporting sustainable urbanisation and urban development in Europe and China.

CCUD is a public institution under the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) specialized in policy research and consultancy on urbanization and urban development for the government and national level and authorities at lower administrative levels.






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