Tianjin Eco-City is a flagship collaborative project between Singapore and China. Established in 2007, it is built on the vision of being “a thriving city which is socially harmonious, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient.” Located in the city’s Binhai New District, the community will cover a land area of about 30 square kilometers. When completed in 2020, it will house approximately 350,000 residents.
Tianjin has some of China’s strictest building energy-efficiency standards. Each apartment comes with an underground parking space, and government officials say that charging stations and subsidies for electric cars are planned.
In June 2013, Council member Itron completed the installation of 25,000 smart meters for water, heat and gas. The pilot project measures, collects and analyzes data from the meters to produce actionable intelligence. For instance, residents see graphical data to learn about their energy and water usage. It also helps simplify the billing process and provides detailed consumption information which reduces billing disputes.
“With this project, Itron is providing China’s only unified platform that manages water, heat and gas data together under one system,” said Mingus Yu, general manager, Water and Heat, for Itron in China. “Through this successful deployment, Itron is demonstrating its commitment to supporting the Chinese government’s smart city plan.”
Both Singapore and China see Tianjin as a way to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.