Year Two Achievements
Since its founding in November 2014, the CEO Council has launched a number of initiatives, focused on research, model projects and policy advocacy, to encourage sustainable business practices and help China achieve its ambitious urbanization goals. Progress in its second year includes:
The Council established a “Sustainable Cities” working group, focusing on collaborative projects, advocacy, and research to advance solutions, technologies, and company actions that support urban planning, design, construction of efficient and sustainable cities, and even rural transformation. The goal is to increase energy efficiency and clean air, and improve the overall green standard and lower carbon emissions. The Sustainable Cities working group focuses on opportunities to harness the collective power of our members through collaborative, replicable projects. Specifically, the group aims to:
- Advance sustainable cities across China and incorporate member companies’ expertise and interests
- Advocate for effective policies, principles and actions for sustainable cities
- Highlight best practices through case studies and research
Sustainable Urban Planning Principles: The working group is developing a set of Sustainable Urban Planning Principles that are in line with the Council’s mission and that member companies will endorse and apply in their future development projects. Experts from China Academy of Urban Planning & Design and Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co., Ltd are working with Dr. Kevin Mo from the Paulson Institute to draft the principles.
Future Cities Projects – led by CSCEC: Fangcheng Investment & Development Co., Ltd, an urbanization-focused subsidiary of China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), is engaging in discussions with interested Council members regarding collaboration around 18 prospective sustainable “future city” development projects. Fangcheng will be acting as a “land developer” that works with local governments on preliminary design and urban planning for new development districts. Fangcheng will then seek property developers and other potential players (hotel, entertainment, supermarkets, department stores, R&D centers, etc.) for the areas. They have begun work on two of these projects: one in Beijing’s Fengtai District and one in Xi’an. Dow Chemical, IBM, Honeywell, Taikang, and Fosun are actively engaging with CSCEC, exploring collaboration around smart city technologies, low-carbon solutions, and industrial cooperation.
Sustainable Rural Transformation Projects – led by CDB Capital: China Development Bank (CDB) Capital Co., Ltd, has approached the Council with several “rural integration” projects that would help to advance sustainable urbanization in rural areas of China on a limited scale by bringing some of the industrial and commercial advantages of urban areas to rural residents. CDB Capital has emphasized collaboration opportunities around a project in Qing Long Lake in Beijing. Other projects are in areas within a one-hour drive from Chengdu and Shanghai. CDB Capital intends to partner with several Council companies in the near-to-mid term.
Vanke Super Headquarters Project – led by Vanke: Council members are exploring collaboration opportunities around the Vanke Super Headquarters Project in Shenzhen. The project is still in the planning stages.
Zhangjiakou Project – led by IBM: The government of Zhangjiakou, a satellite city for the 2022 Olympic Games, is aiming to substantially development and industry upgrades aligned with the new Five Year Plan. The efforts are focusing on smart, low carbon, sustainable urbanization, renewable energy, and green industries—areas of potential interest to CEO Council members. IBM is leading discussions between Council members regarding potential cooperation opportunities with the Zhangjiakou municipal government. Formal conversations between the Council and the local government will continue in the months ahead with detailed workshops led by IBM.
Green Supply Chains
The Council established a Green Supply Chains working group to focus on how to further advance sustainable forestry and resource efficiency practices.
Sustainable Forestry – led by Apple and Vanke: Commercial agriculture and the timber industry are major drivers of climate change and deforestation globally. Given the importance of China’s role in global commodity supply chains, in 2016 the Council began its collaboration around forestry products and efforts to stop deforestation. Forest material is part of the supply chains of all Council members, and so the Council has commissioned a white paper on global best practices (including those of Council member companies). The paper aims to be the basis for member companies’ further refinement of practices around greening their supply chains of forest products.
Resource Efficiency – led by Walmart: The Council’s work on resource efficiency began with Walmart offering to share its experience deploying the RedE (Resource Efficiency Deployment Engine) factory efficiency tool. RedE is a web-based platform that drives resource efficiency across both owned and supplier networks. Council designates visited the Hong Kong City Toys factory, a Walmart supplier, to see how the RedE tool can help companies increase resource efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and save money. The tool generates customized resource efficiency ideas for users and helps them track savings opportunities in areas including electricity, natural gas, steam, compressed air, water, waste, and material yield. Several Council members are considering piloting the tool in factories in their supply chain. The Council is working on a paper about best practices in factory efficiency and policies that might help more companies to further refine the greening of their supply chains.
Video Awareness Campaign
An Awareness Campaign working group is developing plans for a video to promote sustainable living in China.