EC-Link Project in Qingdao to Develop Technical Training on Municipal Green Finance
EC-Link held a technical training on Green Municipal Finance in Qingdao meant to support Qingdao HURD and technical stakeholders (Sino-German Eco Park, China State Construction Engineering Corporation, China Academy of Building Research, and China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group) ECin developing municipal green finance projects.
In particular, the focus of the training was to assist Qingdao agencies in the financial planning of their projects so to link them to potential finance funds, banks and projects such as the Shandong Green Development Fund (SGDF), Felicity Project, KfW, ADB, AFD, etc.
Mr. Liu Yuyong, deputy director of the Housing and Rural-Urban Development Bureau, attended the meeting. He emphasized how, in recent years, the Bureau has comprehensively promoted green buildings by focusing on the concepts of green development and “transformation from old to new driving forces”. By leveraging on the opportunities of China-EU and Sino-German on-going cooperation, Qingdao established a green eco-zone index system and a low-carbon eco-city expert cooperation mechanism and adopted the international concept of green city to promote the construction of ecological urban areas such as in the Sino-German Eco Park.
EC Link Team, together with Qingdao HURD, conducted a set of site visits and worked with local project teams on data collection to have a better understanding of to the projects and effectively assess their potential for receiving future financing.
Indeed, EC Link Project plans to support the launching of one (or more) pilot project on municipal green financing in Qingdao. Through the introduction of capital coming from the Asian Development Bank, Kfw, Felicity (GIZ) as well as Shandong Green Development Fund, it will be possible so to enhance and expand international cooperation in the municipal green finance sector.
EU Defends Publishing Ship Emissions Data
The EU, under pressure from industry and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to harmonise its monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system with the IMO’s system, should still require ships registered outside the EU to report their data, the Commission said.
Publishing data on all ships will allow shipping customers to identify the most efficient ships, make fuel savings and thereby reduce CO2 emissions. The transparency of the EU system, unlike the IMO’s data collection system (DCS), will prevent dirty ships to pass them off as efficient. The Commission’s proposal also maintains other key elements of the EU’s MRV, such as reporting data showing ships’ air pollution in ports.
Source: Sea News - https://seanews.co.uk/environment/eu-defends-publishing-ship-emissions-data/
China Encourages Insurers To Invest In Good Quality Stocks, Bonds
China is encouraging insurance institutions to invest in more good quality stocks and bonds to improve their portfolios, its banking and insurance regulator said on 28 January 2019. “This will help ensure stability in the capital markets and will allow insurers to improve their investment portfolios,” the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission said in his brief statement.
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On April 3-4, 2019, EC-Link project will be taking part at the Fifteenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New Technologies and Products Expo to be held in Shenzhen (China).
Launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, P. R. China, the Annual International Conference has proved to be an increasing success through 14 years development. EC-Link Project will organize a Forum aimed at introducing policies and cases of Green Building Management in European and Chinese Cities sharing their visions, values, goals and strategies, together with case studies and concrete experiences of governance models in different sectors and territorial areas.