Beijing CBD Will Become "World's First Green Business District"

October 27, 2009 | Print | Email Email | Comments | Category: Environment

Cheng Lianyuan, the governor of Beijing's Chaoyang District, has told local media that Beijing's central business district will be developed into the world's first green business district.

Cheng said that low carbon and environmental protection is the main content of the eastward expansion of Beijing's CBD, which is home to more than 15,000 enterprises and organizations, including 130 Global 500 companies, 203 foreign-funded financial institutions and 36 regional headquarters of multinational companies, accounting for 70% of all those in Beijing. Cheng also stated that the extended CBD area will not only be more pleasant and vigorous, but also be a benchmark for the recycling economy.

It is learned that the Chaoyang District government began to collect plans for the eastward extension of CBD since July 2009 and has invited seven prestigious design companies to contribute their ideas. Finally Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP from the United States won the bid with a plan that features designs for low carbon use and transportation.

The extended CBD of Beijing covers a total of area of three square kilometers, and it bounded by Chaoyang North Road, Tonghui River, Dawang Road, and the East Fourth Ring Road. The construction of the extension area is expected to be completed in six to eight years.

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One Response to “Beijing CBD Will Become "World's First Green Business District"”

  1. By Thomas E. JonesDecember 22nd, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    I read with interest the article on Beijing's proposed Green Buisness District. This is of interest to us being the West Ward Urban Ecology Project in the historic small city of Easton, Pennsylvania in the United States. Our project has been underway since July 2008, with a major effort on the creation of a "Green Buisness District" in a core of vacant or underused historic 19th century commercial buildings. We are also working in cooperation with the historic neighborhood of Germantown in the City of Philadelphia, Penna., and together are collaborating on the creation of a "Green Buisness District" there that will involve historic buildings dating from the late 17th century into the early 20th century. We are aware of efforts in Nice, France to create a "Green Buisness District" but involving the construction of new mixed use buildings. Of interest to us would be any conversations and or efforts to retain older historic buildings in China as valued renewed and conserved components that create a "Green Buisness District". Is there such a conversation in Beijing?— sincerely, Tom Jones, Urban Conservator to the West Ward Urban Ecology Project

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