Developing an Eco-Industrial Park in China: How can sustainable industrial zones be created in China’s booming economy?


German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)

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Context and objectives

  • Chengdu Economic and Technological Development Zone, Sichuan Province, China
  • Development zone focused on automobiles and machinery
  • Significant environmental and economic stakes
  • Strengthen the capacity of the zone’s management groups in the area of industrial symbioses and the effectiveness and efficiency of resources
  • Implement a collaborative dynamic among businesses to identify projects with considerable added value
  • Position the park’s administration as the main player for responding to manufacturers’ needs 


  • Trained and provided strategic support for the zone’s management group and participating manufacturers (more than 30)
    – Manage waste and the flow of materials and energy
    – Implement processes to reuse waste and share activities
    – Plan economic activities
    – Techniques for leading and organizing events
    – Project set-up and management
  • Organized a launch conference and several participatory workshops that brought together businesses in the park with the goal to identify their needs and commercial opportunities
  • Identified industrial symbioses, conducted feasibility studies, and provided implementation support for manufacturers


  • Implemented industrial symbioses for metals and wood
  • Identified opportunities for symbioses for chemical products, energy, and shared services
  • Management is now capable of proposing services to companies over the long-term to identify innovative and profitable business opportunities

For more information

International survey in eco-innovation parks

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