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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 resourceefficient 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. 

  • 2015

    Jiangsu province joins PAGE

    Launch event and joint scoping mission held

  • 2017

    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

  • 2018

    Jiangsu Green Industrial Park Assessment Study and Policy Guideline finalized

    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

  • 2019

    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

  • 2020

    Opinions on Promoting Green Development’ an overarching guidance document released by Jiangsu Provincial Government

    ‘2015-2017 Green Economy Progress Measurement for Jiangsu and Fujian Province, China’ published in Chinese and English 

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sustainable Garment Supply Chains

    In 2020, PAGE continued to collaborate with the regional ILO project on sustainable garment supply chains in Asia. […]

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