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 sub-national 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:

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 City of Philadelphia-Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (PHL-TEDA) EcoPartnership also hosted a "Philadelphia-China People-to-People Leaders Dinner" on April 20th to advance goals for bringing “Urban Clean Energy Infrastructure” solutions to both regions.

From Nov. 11 - 16, 2018, China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia met with its partner, the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (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 US to accelerate the deployment of ‘energy-efficient, smart and healthy built-environment solutions’ throughout all 219 NETDZs.

China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia was formally selected in March 2018 by the GDL, representing China’s 36 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.

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

Work Plan: 
Task 1
Piloting 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 (OMSs) for clean, efficient, and secure electricity.
Task 2
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.