China joins hands with other parties to pursue green development and build synergy in environmental governance

2022-05-13 0 By

The Lancang bullet train of the China-Laos Railway runs on the Xinhe Nan Li River Bridge in Vientiane Province, Laos.Laos-china Railway Co., Ltd. shows that the international community needs to work together to address global challenges such as climate change.China is committed to deepening partnerships with other parties, upgrading cooperation, learning from each other’s strengths, and jointly tackling climate change for mutual benefit and win-win results.So far, China has launched the Belt and Road Partnership for Green Development with 31 partners, worked with relevant countries to implement the Belt and Road South-South Cooperation plan on climate change, and established the Belt and Road Energy Partnership.Taking green as the underpinning of development, China has joined hands with other parties to build a green Silk Road and build synergy for global environmental governance.”This is a green and ecological road.”Songma Pansena, vice president of the Lao National Assembly, who took the Lancang train for the first time after the railway opened, told the reporter, “When the train crossed the mountains, rivers and plains, the eyes were full of lush green, and I felt very excited.”The concept of harmonious coexistence between man and nature is embodied in every link of the China-Laos railway project, from planning and route selection to construction management and operation and maintenance.In the process of construction, engineers and technicians from the two countries have taken concrete actions to protect the clear waters and green mountains along the railway.The northern part of Laos is covered with mountains and forests, rich in natural resources and complex geological conditions.During the planning and construction period, the China-Laos railway project should avoid forest areas by building Bridges and tunnels to ensure that local animal and plant resources and ecological environment will not be affected.In the case of the construction project in Oudomseh province, Laos, 60 Bridges with a total length of 16.9 kilometers and 32 tunnels with a total length of 86.6 kilometers were built out of 126 kilometers of railway construction.”In the process of construction, we attach great importance to wildlife protection and avoid environmentally sensitive areas as much as possible to reduce disturbance to wildlife and damage to the living environment of plants.”Lao China Railway Limited chairman Ju Guojiang said.”Chinese companies attach great importance to water resource protection and take careful and thorough preventive measures.””During the construction of the bridge, the Chinese construction team used basket hanging irrigation methods and bracket cast-in-place methods to pour concrete and weld steel members, which effectively prevented concrete and welding from falling into the river,” an official from the Provincial Environmental and Water Resources Protection Bureau told reporters.In the later stage of railway construction, the design and construction of stations and supporting facilities also take full account of environmental factors.At Vientiane Station, clusters of flowers and shrubs bloom in the sun, in harmony with the magnificent station and the surrounding landscape, full of life.”Evergreen in four seasons, flowers in three seasons, combination of trees and irrigation, well-arranged” are the greening principles formulated by the Chinese and Lao builders for the station design.The scenery and furnishings are fully combined with the local characteristics and cultural landscape, specially customized green scheme, and make full use of the original vegetation on both sides of the railway.Lighting in the station and the square in front of the station makes full use of natural light, and adopts efficient energy-saving lamps and intelligent control technology to further reduce energy consumption.”The China-Laos railway is not only a road of friendship and people’s livelihood, but also a green road,” said Surye Monara, a researcher at the Center for Chinese Studies at Lao National University. “The economy along the railway will get on the ‘green express train’ to achieve green growth.”Huge windmills spin in the verdant hills of Croatia’s central coastal city of Seni.This is the Seni Wind Power project invested and constructed by NORINCO International Cooperation Ltd. (” North International “), a subsidiary of China North Industries Co., Ltd., and officially put into operation in December 2021.The project’s chief engineer, Zlatko Pupich, is a native of Seni.He told reporters that due to its proximity to the sea, the region is rich in wind energy, but is constrained by relatively poor power generation infrastructure and has long relied on imports for power supply.As an engineer, building wind farms has been a dream of Pupitsch for many years: “Having a wind farm built and operated by oneself will be very helpful to the local economy and improve the country’s energy structure.”The construction of Saini Wind Power project started in November 2018.As the largest power project in Croatia in recent years, the project has attracted attention from all walks of life.”From the beginning of the project, we have maintained positive communication with the local government, strictly complied with various laws and regulations, made extensive use of high-tech environmental protection technology, and listened to local people’s opinions and suggestions on the project, and optimized and updated the plan at any time.”Shan Jun, deputy general manager of North International, introduced that the project was well received by the Croatian environment department during the acceptance inspection.It is understood that the project has a total installed capacity of 156 MEGAwatts, using 39 wind turbines with a single capacity of 4 megawatts. The wind farm covers an area of 42.8 square kilometers, and is expected to produce about 530 million KWH of green electricity and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 460,000 tons per year.At present, North International has set up a local company specializing in the follow-up operation of the wind power station.The evaluation shows that the wind power plants not only meet Croatia’s own electricity demand, but also gradually export to neighboring countries such as Slovenia, which greatly contributes to regional energy security.Croatia plans to increase its electricity generation from renewable sources to 30 percent by 2022 and become carbon neutral by 2050. “The Seni Wind project is of great significance to achieving this goal,” Croatian Prime Minister Jens Plenkovic said.On the outskirts of The city of Koluwezi, In the Province of Lualaba, Congo, a “green mine” invested by a Chinese company is located in harmony with the natural environment. It is not dusty during daytime construction.Mussonoy, a unit of China’s Zijin Mining Group, arrived in 2015 to develop the Koluvezi copper project.Considering that copper mining may affect the normal life of the surrounding residents, the company decided to try higher environmental standards and “turn the mine green”.At the beginning, the project carried out green decoration on the mine dump and tailings pond, but the effect was not good.”The soil is soft and the construction season is rainy, so transport vehicles often get bogged down.The greening work relies on excavators or manual assistance, and the progress is slow.””Neither seed seeding nor planting was very effective, with less than 10 percent of the first plants surviving,” recalls Chris Taylor, head of mining at Mussonoy.After consulting agricultural experts and continuously carrying out independent trial planting, the company gradually explored the matting humus soil and combined with artificial deep planting and other ways to implement afforestation, and finally achieved results.At present, the project dump and tailings pond slope green area has reached 400,000 square meters.More than 100,000 square meters of the plant and living area have been landscaping.Today, the once bare mountains are covered in green.During construction, Chinese enterprises have always strictly implemented environmental protection standards and reduced the emission of sulfur dioxide and solid particles to extremely low levels, effectively reducing air pollution.We will vigorously promote the construction of solar lighting systems and other infrastructure, and use an increasing proportion of clean energy.Ilunga Mwewa, chief of the company’s executive motorcade, grew up here and is excited to see the harmony between resource development and environmental protection: “Chinese enterprises have brought us the best development model without sacrificing the environment or the health of local residents.”Denny Banza, ambassador roving of the DRC president, spoke highly of the Koluvezi copper project, saying, “Chinese enterprises have a high sense of responsibility and mission and have truly benefited the local people.”(By Sun Guangyong, Xie Yahong, Zou Songyang via People’s Daily)