LEEP Xiong’an

This workstream supports the development of the Xiong’an New Area, a new economic zone 100 km southwest of Beijing, to create a new national model of urbanization, green, intelligent and livable.

Xiong’an New Area is designed to advance coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (Jing-Jin-Ji) region and to alleviate traffic congestion and air pollution in the capital. It will not only reduce population density by transferring "non-capital" functions such as hospitals, schools and headquarters of businesses, financial and public institutions, but it will also promote economic and social development in the region.

    The challenge

    Xiong’An New Area is a Millenium project of President Xi Jinping. In Xiona’An the national government wants to create a demonstration zone with high-quality, forward-looking projects across the whole city. It will be a transformative journey where innovation has a strong relationship with the environment.

    The business case

    Xiong’an New Area government relies on business to propose detailed solutions and directions. It is open to apply interconnected solutions and to create a favorable environment for innovation.

    Xiong’an New Area will be a testing ground and presents an excellent opportunity to showcase WBCSD member companies national and international best practices and to develop innovative projects that can be scaled and replicated as part of the development of the region.

    The solution

    WBCSD members are recognized by the local authorities and the local business group for its knowledge on sustainable development to support technological solutions, and on softer issues like lifestyle and behavior to raise citizens and consumers awareness. Three projects are underway and more in scoping:

    • A pilot project of a zero-carbon energy supply district, an integrated intelligent energy system to demonstrate the future energy development
    • The 50L home concept, which brings companies together to develop and scale innovations that help reduce water consumption in a water-scarce region like Xiong’an.
    • A specialized investment vehicle that will help the city to generate income for more sustainable projects.

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