Jiangsu strives for eco-friendly industrial growth
2017-08-11 15:56:00

Jiangsu province has strived for eco-friendly industrial growth over the past five years to echo General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important speech on the promotion of ecological civilization for beautiful China construction.

Changguangxi National Wetland Park in Wuxi [Photo/Yu Ping]

As a typical town in the south of the Yangtze River, Xinzhuang town in Yixing County is dotted with many rivers and water courses.

Li Changqing, the town mayor, is tasked to the management of 13 rivers.

On a recent day, Li felt relieved after patrolling the rivers against the heat wave over a distance of some 30 kilometers to find no pollutants.

Six years ago, the rivers were heavily polluted by the discharge of sewage and animal wastes from the factories and breeding farms, Li said, which aggravated the water pollution in the Taihu Lake.

In 2013, Xinzhuang town authorities spent 150 million yuan on the ecological rehabilitation along the river banks after it was included in the provincial ecological red line zone.

Li would keep visiting the factories and breeding farms at routine intervals in a bid to know the real situation. However, he was denied entrance at the gate from time to time.

The local government has unveiled its resettlement compensation scheme and organized job training for the local villagers to be employed by the environmental protection equipment factory to ensure that the regulation of the rivers has not infringed upon the rights and interests of the farmers.

Huanghai Forest Park in Dongtai [Photo/Wan Chengpeng]

Five years have passed and the water quality in the local rivers has been improved substantially.

The township government has also managed to revolutionize the management on the rivers by putting into application mobile phone apps and wechat groups.

In the meantime, regional governments in Jiangsu have highlighted transformation and upgrading for eco-friendly industrial growth.

The LCD screen of the environmental monitoring center in Binjiang Development Zone shows that the real time index of the air quality in the zone was measured at 57, more or less the same level as that of the urban areas of Changzhou.

Five years ago things were quite different. Liu Taoyan, who started to work here in 2009, said she saw nothing but withered grass and trees and smelled the odor of the chemical emission from one kilometer away.

Just as Liu was mulling quitting her job to get away from the zone, the zone administration began to learn from the painful experiences and decided to repair the damaged environment by securing bank loans and restricting the flow of capital to force substandard enterprises to make restoration and upgrading.

The local government has also provided preferential subsidies to the energy-intensive and polluting enterprise when they make voluntary relocation.

The relocation of 50 out-dated enterprises has finally vacated 66666 square meters of land.

Through a series of environmental regulation, the zone has introduced enterprises engaged in the production of new chemical materials and fine chemical engineering. With the zone taking a brand new look, Liu finally decided to stay on.

Over the past five years, the regional governments along the Yangtze River have made outstanding achievements in eco-friendly development.

The city of Nanjing has built its scenery belt along the Yangtze River. Zhenjiang, dubbed the low carbon city, has been given the national habitat scroll of honor award. The river chief system in Wuxi has been promoted across the country. The city of Changzhou has strived to launch an eco-friendly green city. The cities of Suzhou, Nantong and Taizhou have allocated 20% of its land for protection in the ecological red line. The city of Yangzhou was given a five-star award for its ecological city competitiveness.

The amount of the industrial waste, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide released by the cities along the Yangtze River has decreased by 4.8%, 9.7% and 18%. Their total GDP has exceeded 5.5 trillion yuan, up 27% year on year.

Source:江苏国际频道 Editor:Amanda