Philadelphia-Tianjin/TEDA Urban Clean Energy Infrastructures


The Greater Philadelphia (PHL)-Tianjin Economic-technological Development Area (TEDA) collaboration establishes innovative “Urban Clean Energy Infrastructure” solutions in both regions. This unique combination of real-world technology demonstrations and product showcases will get viable new infrastructure breakthroughs quickly into Chinese and U.S. markets once the EcoPartnership is fully underway. The past year has been spent down-selecting priority technologies and demonstration sites, and the partnership is getting ready to initiate its initial three pilot projects. Urban clean energy infrastructure is a sizable, and yet largely untapped opportunity. The PHL-TEDA EcoPartnership can serve as an important subnational resource to assist municipalities integrate, at the practical level, their U.S.-China sustainable city planning efforts with commercially relevant, on-the-ground urban infrastructure project experience.

Key Accomplishments:

Recognition was given to China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia (CPGP) model of open, multi-stakeholder collaboration at 2016 City Leaders Summit in Beijing.  

PHL-CHINA ALLIANCE hosted U.S.-China Built Environment Standards and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Cities B2B Roundtable on January 12, 2017 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard as one of the seven programs of PHL-CHINA CONNECTIONS (see more at the news story).  The PHL-TEDA EcoPartnership also hosted a "Philadelphia-China People-to-People Leaders Dinner" on April 20, 2017 to advance goals for bringing “Urban Clean Energy Infrastructure” solutions to both regions.

From November 11 - 16, 2018, CPGP met with its partner, TEDA, and the Green Development League (GDL) representing 36 of China’s largest and most dynamic national-level economic-technological development zones (NETDZs). Discussions focused on cross-connecting industry networks in China and the U.S. to accelerate the deployment of ‘energy-efficient, smart and healthy built-environment solutions’ throughout all 219 NETDZs. CPGP was formally selected in March 2018 by GDL, representing China’s 36 national-level economic-technological development zones (NETDZs), as the U.S. EcoPartnership representative in their working group for building a Sino-U.S. Eco Park program. This program is funded by a $150,000 Energy Foundation grant. As the exclusive U.S.-based working group member, PHL will leverage expertise and input from our U.S.-China BEST Cities partners such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as many others, to identify a comprehensive range of U.S. clean energy technologies and infrastructures to be incorporated into the Sino-U.S. Eco Park model. CPGP participated in the U.S.-China Sub-National Symposium of Governors Office in Ann Arbor, Michigan (April 2019) and the U.S.-China Governors Summit in Lexington, Kentucky (May 2019).

In April 2020, CPGP developed Keystone COVID Response, which is a public-private partnership involving, in Phase 1, Mid-Atlantic mayors and governors and philanthropic foundations. 

Since April 2020, CPGP has partnered with Econsult Solutions, Inc. and the Chinese Cities Policy Program with focus on "industrial park sustainable city" economic development and investment. PHL’s initial collaboration will involve a sponsored research project to better define the "sustainable city" trade and investment opportunity for U.S. firms involving 219 NETDZ-scale industrial parks in China. 

Work Plan: 
Task 1. Pilot Emerging Energy and Environmental Technologies
Pilot breakthrough technologies and technology platforms, including: wetland urban water management (WUWM) that is a more energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable alternative to traditional industrial waste-water treatment; technology tools and collaborative models for improving an energy efficient, low-carbon built environment (LCBE) in cities; and online monitoring systems (OMS) for clean, efficient, and secure electricity.
Task 2. Launch a Permanent Center to Showcase Emerging Technologies
Launching a permanent U.S.-China Urban Clean Energy Infrastructure Cooperation & Transfer Center at TEDA to feature the solutions from these pilot projects and showcase hundreds of other emerging technologies that are relevant to urban clean energy infrastructure challenges in China and U.S. markets.