Zero Carbon Buildings and Sustainable Urban Development Evokes Positive Attention in the EU and China


Den kinesiske premierminister, Li Keqiang, er i gang med sin åbningstale, mens Jean-Claude Juncker lytter
The Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, is presenting his opening speech while the President of the EU Commission is listening.

Last week, the EU-China conference on the Chinese urbanization in Brussels took place. The Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang and the President for the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker both attended. Jean Claude Juncker emphasized Sønderborg and Haiyan as a good example of cooperation on sustainable development, something that all of China can learn from.

“A small city in Denmark, Sønderborg, and Haiyan has developed a concept for Zero Carbon Buildings. These are now spreading across China. (…) We have listened to you. “ Stated the President for the EU Commission, Jean Claude Juncker.

Sønderborg Municipality has a vision called ProjectZero that aims to make the Sønderborg area CO2-neutral by 2029. The recognition from the EU Commission’s President emphasizes the value of the well-composed concept that attracts attention around the world.

In 2013, EU and China entered into a Partnership Agreement on Sustainable Urban Development. In 2013, on November 21st at the Urbanization Conference in Beijing in China, the agreement resulted in 12 concrete collaborations between Chinese and European cities. One of these collaboration agreements is between Sønderborg Municipality and Haiyan County in China. Danish Energy Management & Esbensen cooperate with Sønderborg Municipality and has provided products and services in the first phase of the cooperation that includes a Zero Carbon Building, a new sustainable urban area and education.

The first result of the cooperation with Haiyan was the design and construction of a Zero Carbon Building on 350 m2, in the center of Haiyan. Danish Energy Management & Esbensen, who have an office in Sønderborg, have prepared the building’s energy and sustainability design, in collaboration with Zhejing Urban & Rural Planning Design Institute. The building was completed in April 2015.

As a result of the Zero Carbon Building in Haiyan, Haiyan Urban Construction Investment and Development Co. and Danish Energy Management & Esbensen signed a new contract at the beginning of January 2015. The purpose of the contract is to develop a conceptual plan for an urban area of 60,000 m2 in the centre of Haiyan, called “Danish Low Carbon Street”.

3D design of solar radiation
3D design of solar radiation

The design must propose a sustainable urban plan, produced with a holistic mindset that takes existing buildings’ location, volume and height into account. The development in the area is carefully planned out, to ensure the optimum solar radiation on buildings as well as an optimal natural daylight in rooms, combined with a sustainable Scandinavian expression in the architecture. In addition, the plan analyses the most feasible energy supply for Danish Low Carbon Street. The plan ensures low carbon emissions for water supply, drainage system, waste treatment system, and local transportation within the area. Finally, an overall conceptual sustainable design guideline is prepared, for the new and old buildings in the area.

“Sønderborg and Haiyan lead the way in China” – read the press release from Sønderborg Municipality here (in Danish).

Read what Consulting Engineer Torben Esbensen says about the conceptual plan for the 60,000 m2 land area in Haiyan here (in Danish).