China has positioned itself as a forerunner of sustainability, guided by its national development vision – “Ecological Civilisation”.
In 2015, China joined PAGE at the provincial level via Jiangsu – the second richest province in the country. Located on the eastern coast, Jiangsu is home to around 80 million people. The region has a strong resource base but is faced by challenges, including a high population, environmental degradation, and a heavy reliance on industry.
Jiangsu has fostered green and high-tech industries, shifted towards energy saving and resource–efficient production and consumption models, redefined the eco-redlines of conservation zones, and enhanced the policy monitoring, coordination and evaluation of green development progress.
Jiangsu was the first Chinese province to release a provincial plan on Ecological Civilisation Construction (2013-2022). This lays out the greening of industrial parks as a means for achieving clean and circular production, setting the target for all provincial-level industrial parks to meet the national Eco-park standard by 2022.
PAGE has been supporting Jiangsu with capacity-building, macro-level green economy policy monitoring and sectoral policy advisory services in green industrial development, green jobs and green trade. In turn, this has contributed to SDGs 4, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 17.
China was the first country affected by the COVID-19 crisis and economic recovery measures began in the first half of 2020.
Jiangsu Province has continued to pursue its green economy agenda in light of COVID-19 and its associated impact. The provincial government issued the ‘Opinions on Promoting Green Development’ in March 2020 — the official guidance document covers 33 aspects including green industrial parks, circularity, resource efficiency, green trade, green value chains, green textiles, renewable energy, low carbon economy and international cooperation. This was combined with increased green investment: USD 4.3 billion was provided for major projects, particularly sustainable infrastructure within the province focused on environmental protection, and a National Green Development Fund, which was unveiled on 15 July 2020, and includes USD 12.7 billion in its first phase.
Jiangsu province joins PAGE
Launch event and joint scoping mission held
Second phase of PAGE project launched focusing on greening industrial parks
Provincial Green Economy Academy held
Green Economy Progress (GEP) Indicators adapted at provincial level
Exchange between Jiangsu Province and South Africa to support GEP tool application in South Africa
Green Industrial Park Workshop held in Suzhou, Taizhou, Huai’an, and Changshu
Strategy paper and working plan of the Green Industrial Park Coalition developed
Pilot study finalized, applying the International Framework on eco-industrial parks (EIP) to evaluate the sustainability performance of four Jiangsu industrial parks
International seminar on Green Industrial Parks held to launch two PAGE reports
Workshop on Green Development held as a platform for cross-sectoral dialogue, learning and information exchange
National sustainability strategy developed
Opinions on Promoting Green Development’ an overarching guidance document released by Jiangsu Provincial Government
Webinar held on textile industry in cooperation with the China National Textile and Apparel Council
Informing the National Development Plan
The 13th Five-Year Development Plan (2016-2020) of Jiangsu formally established green economic priorities in the region […]
Following the 13th Five-Year Development Plan (2016-2020) of Jiangsu, which formally established green economic priorities in the region, consultations began for the ‘14th Five-Year Development Plan (2021-2025)’. PAGE submitted policy proposals informed by the Jiangsu experience and the new ‘14th Five-Year Development Plan (2021-2025)’ was released on 29 October 2020.
Taking Stock of Green Economy Progress
PAGE has supported Nanjing University in providing evidence-based IGE policy analysis for Jiangsu through the development of a […]
PAGE has supported Nanjing University in providing evidence-based IGE policy analysis for Jiangsu through the development of a Green Economy Progress (GEP) Measurement Framework, with the work later expanding to the Fujian Province. In July 2020, the report ‘2015-2017 Green Economy Progress Measurement in Jiangsu and Fujian Province, China’ was published in English and Chinese.
The results of the analysis show, overall, that progress in green development in Jiangsu Province has surpassed the targets at the national and provincial level, reflecting the success of the Jiangsu Government’s strong efforts for green development.
Sustainable Garment Supply Chains
In 2020, PAGE continued to collaborate with the regional ILO project on sustainable garment supply chains in Asia. […]
In 2020, PAGE continued to collaborate with the regional ILO project on sustainable garment supply chains in Asia. On 18 November 2020, an online discussion focused on the textile industry was held in cooperation with China National Textile and Apparel Council, fostering deeper social dialogue on quality green industrial development in China.
PAGE work in Jiangsu launched with a stocktaking on the region’s green economy, summarizing good practices and potential challenges for policy implementation and subsequent areas for support aligned with the provincial government’s implementation of the 13th Five-Year plan.
Sectoral and Thematic Reform
PAGE has continued to support sectoral and thematic reforms, with a focus on green industry, green trade and green jobs.
PAGE has supported capacity-building in Jiangsu and beyond through the organization of events, partnerships with provincial stakeholders and the development of networks/platforms.