Hengqin New Area bested 80 cities and enterprises by winning the Promotion Award of the Euro-China Green & Smart City Award 2016, it was recently announced in Shenzhen.
Industry insiders acclaim that Hengqin deserves its honor. For example, the Hengqin Urban Underground Utility Tunnel has been promoted throughout the country by the State Council. Meanwhile, based on its Big Data principle, the Hengqin New Area Public Digital Center, Government Smart Service Platform, and Cross-Domain Multi-Dimensional Big Data Public Service Cloud Platform have been constructed. Moreover, a 53-km electronic fence around the island and a video surveillance network form an electronic monitoring system.
Jointly established by the France Foundation of Prospective & Innovation and China Center for Urban Development, the Euro-China Green & Smart City Awards commend cities, industrial parks, and enterprises that exhibit excellent performance, and promote investment and technical exchanges between China and Europe. Twelve Chinese and 22 European cities and organizations were selected to win acknowledgments this year. Among them, Shenzhen was presented with the Excellence Award and Foshan received the Technological Innovation Award.
Hengqin New Area Administrative Committee vice director Yan Wu (third from left) poses with winners [Photo provided by Da Heng Qin Co Ltd]
A national marine ecological civilization demonstration area and a pilot city of the Europe-China Eco-Cities Link (EC-LINK) Project, the Hengqin New Area continuously complies with the “human-oriented, green and low-carbon, and economical and intensified” concept. It has developed a green sustainable development way with the characteristic of intelligent technology after active international cooperation for seven years.
During the next three years, Hengqin will continue to maintain a 72 percent rate of afforestation and water body . Furthermore, the island will institute a low-carbon town pilot with urban carbon trading, and import green ecological ideas and mature technologies from renowned enterprises to ensure long-term ecological monitoring, according to Niu Jing, director of the Hengqin New Area Administrative Committee.