Yantai is one of China‘s largest wine industry areas. Wine industry is considered as having a rather high carbon footprint due to the intensive usage of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Yantai EPB in cooperation with the local wine industry is looking for more organic and thus modern low carbon agriculture methods to increase the sustainability of the local industry, improve soil fertility and reduce water pollution.
Hosted by the Municipality of Yantai and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), an expert case study exchange and site visits on low carbon development practices have taken place last week, in order to match Swiss experts with low carbon projects.
Sofies experts drew the attention of the Pula Valley vineyard cluster and Luye Investment to the potential benefits of a systemic approach to integrate climate friendly measures at all levels of the agro-system. This ecosystem is composed of 2’000 hectares of vineyards, a wine processing plant as well as other related services like for instance a wellness centre delivering non-food applications from wine by-products.
Under the framework of the Sino-Swiss Innovative Strategic Partnership signed in April 2016, the Sino-Swiss Low Carbon Cities (SSLCC) project has been officially launched as joint platform approach aiming at improving environmental health and the living conditions of the inhabitants of Chinese cities as well as at low carbon urbanization, reducing emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2).