The planning and development of the ECO-city is guided by a comprehensive set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) covering its ecological, economic and social development. Noise pollution is one of the KPIs jointly formulated by experts from Singapore and China and endorsed by the Ministerial-level ECO-city Joint Working Committee. Noise pollution levels must satisfy the stipulated standards for different functional zones. In this connection, ANewR has been commissioned to set up noise monitoring station to keep track of the noise performance, and ensure compliance.
Sino-Singapore Tianjin ECO-city is the 2nd flagship Government-to-Government project between Singapore and China after Suzhou Industrial Park. The project was mooted by then Singapore Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in April 2007, against the backdrop of rapid urbanisation and increasing global attention on the importance of sustainable development. On 18 November 2007, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao signed a Framework Agreement for Singapore and China to jointly develop Sino-Singapore Tianjin ECO-city.
The Tianjin ECO-city’s vision is to be “A thriving city which is socially harmonious, environmentally-friendly and resource-efficient – a model for sustainable development”. This vision is underpinned by the concepts of “Three Harmonies” and “Three Abilities”.
“Three Harmonies” refers to:
- People living in harmony with other people, i.e. social harmony
- People living in harmony with economic activities, i.e. economic vibrancy
- People living in harmony with the environment, i.e. environmental sustainability
“Three Abilities” refers to the Eco-city being:
- Practicable – the technologies adopted in the Eco-city must be affordable and commercially viable
- Replicable – the principles and models of the Eco-city could be applied to other cities in China and even in other countries
- Scalable – the principles and models could be adapted for another project or development of a different scale
The ECO-city site is located 40 km from Tianjin city centre and 150 km from Beijing city centre. It is located within the Tianjin Binhai New Area – one of the fastest growing regions in China. Tianjin Binhai New Area is in turn located in the Bohai Bay region (which covers Beijing, Tianjin and part of Hebei Province), which has been identified as the next growth engine in China, after the Pearl River delta and Yangtze River delta.