A future-oriented cooperation in sustainable industrial development

The industry of the future needs to reconcile economic competitiveness with high environmental standards to be successful in the long term. The Sino-Austrian Sutong Ecological Park to be developed in close cooperation between China and Austria will be a best practice example of this new kind of sustainable industrial development. It forms part of the Su-Tong Science & Technology Park near Shanghai and will be designed in accordance with sustainability principles. The 10 km² Sino-Austrian Sutong Ecological Park will act as a show-case for Austrian know-how and planning expertise in the fields of energy efficiency, sustainable energy supply and smart cities and create an attractive environment for investors and companies alike. The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology was commissioned to develop an energy concept for the Sino-Austrian Sutong Ecological Park based on its longstanding expertise in the field. In addition, AIT experts also provided scientific recommendations for energy-efficient building standards, a circular economy cluster and sustainable urban design.

 

Energy concept

AIT carried out an output-benefit and implementation analysis of different energy measures for the Sino-Austrian Sutong Ecological Park. The study included a survey of energy demand for buildings and industry in the form of heating, cooling and electricity, the identification of energy efficiency measures, potentials for local renewable energy generation and additional low-carbon energy supply options. The final comparison and analysis of different scenarios resulted in concrete suggestions and recommendations. These included photovoltaic systems on the roofs of residential and industrial buildings, solar thermal systems for domestic hot water supply, a district heating network solution as well as combined heat and power generation based on gas boilers for industrial areas.

Target scenario calculations have shown that a combination of these measures has the potential to reduce the primary energy demand of the Sino-Austrian Sutong Ecological Park by 29% to 48% and CO2 emissions by 34% to 52% as compared to the current control plan. To implement the efficiency measures the AIT experts recommended to set up mandatory requirements and to provide economic incentives for advanced technology and renewable energy such as local feed-in tariffs, net metering or direct investment subsidies.

 

Austrian expertise in environmental technology

The final consulting report also included recommendations for implementation of the suggested measures. Austrian companies play a key role in this respect due to their successful track record in developing cutting-edge environmental technology. The Sino-Austrian Sutong Ecological Park provides a great opportunity for domestic companies to gain a foothold in the Chinese market through innovative products and technology. Many companies have already shown great interest in becoming part of this future-oriented venture initiated by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Austrian Ministry for Economy, Family and Youth in close cooperation with the Austrian Economic Chamber.