A Step towards the Greening of Rural ChinaDec 17, 2015
Dec. 10 Beijing-A training to residents in Shijiaying Village, Shunyi on how to choose anti-seismic and energy efficient facilities in the low energy consumption residential buildings, was hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on December 10th.
The training was supported through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) together with China Environmental Culture Promotion Association, the Shijiaying Village Committee of Mapo Township, and the Beijing Xin Di Shi Kong Information Consulting Company. In October 2014, the SGP initiated the Demonstration Project on Low Energy Consumption Farmer’s House Project.
This project aims to facilitate the adoption of energy-efficient practices in rural areas in Beijing. The first and most critical step is to construct pilot energy efficient building and let the farmers experience firsthand the benefits from the green facilities.
Mr Carsten Germer, Assistant Country Director of UNDP, China participated in the opening session of the training. He emphasized the importance of low carbon technologies, renewable energy technologies, and energy efficient products as demonstrated in the buildings, and hoped that the project would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve the livelihoods of the rural residents, change their way of life, and help them save energy bills.
The energy efficient buildings adopted are shear walls to enhance earthquake resilience and thermo insulation. The double-glazed windows and doors keep the building warm and thereby, reduce energy demand for heating and save energy bills. Solar PV panels, hydro and air source heat pumps are used together to generate heat, in substitution of coal-fired heating. Solar energy generated can even be shared in the grid system, offering a new source of income for the residents.
By using clean energies and energy efficient facilities in the rural resident building, this project is in line with the Chinese government’s strategies on low carbon development and GHG emission reduction. By 2020, China pledges to increase the share of non-fossil energy carriers of the total primary energy supply to around 15% and lower the carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP to 40-50%, compared to the emission level in 2005.
“The pilot project is an important step towards the greening of rural China”, said Mr. Germer, “I hope this successful pilot building could be replicated and scaled-up in other villages of Beijing, and be shared to the world.”