Dr SHI Han – UMW2015 Keynote Speaker

shi-han-bio-picDr. SHI Han’s ongoing research focuses on the application of eco-industrial development and circular economy and their implications for resource efficiency and climate change in China across different institutional and economic environments. He has been studying the planning and development of eco-industrial parks, the low-carbon development of China’s small and medium-sized cities, and more recently leading a major research program to assess the natural capital of Sanya City, Hainan Island of China. Han currently serves as the Deputy Leader for Environmental Policy Major at Department of Public Policy of City University of Hong Kong.


From 1997 through 2003, Han was the founding director of the Beijing-based Centre for Environmentally Sound Technology Transfer. Between 1993 and 1996, Han worked at the Administrative Center for China’s Agenda 21, the secretariat for China’s national sustainable development initiative. Since 1994, Han has provided consultancy for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Centre for Human Settlement (UNCHS), the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the European Commission, Global Environment Facility (GEF), AusAID, and German BMBF, as well as multinational corporations.

Han received MPhil and PhD degrees in industrial ecology from Yale University, the US, and BEng and MEng in environmental system engineering from Tsinghua University, China.

UMW 2015 Keynote: Circular Economy, Waste, and Low Carbon: a Holistic View.

The development of eco-industrial parks in China can have a positive impact on sustainable low-carbon urban development for several important reasons. Firstly, the intermingling of industrial, commercial and residential activities, exemplary of mixed-use, significantly reduces commuting demands. Second, a conglomeration of complementary industrial activities cuts logistics and transportation demands. Third, these developments stand at the frontline of innovation and quickly embrace green building and transportation models. Fourth, more streamlined, competent institutions make leading eco-industrial parks more proactive in pursuing various low-carbon development options. Last but not least, frontline eco-industrial parks serve as a testing ground for international innovative products, technologies, and business models in the field of low-carbon development.

Thanks to a specially designed preferential policy, streamlined government apparatus, better urban master development and land-use planning, and more advanced infrastructure, a number of national pioneer eco-industrial parks have become sustainable new towns in China. This presentation is based on case studies on three national eco-industrial parks in Beijing Municipality, Suzhou City and Tianjin Municipality. By adopting a multi-level perspective on sustainability transitions, the presentation will show how these three eco-industrial parks have served as the incubators of green building, mobility, manufacturing and service industry innovations, and thus can serve as an exemplary niche in expediting and replicating a low-carbon urban transition in China.


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