Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city

1. What is the rationale behind Singapore’s partnership with China in developing the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city?

The Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city (SSTEC) project broke ground in 2008 against the backdrop of rapid urbanisation in China and increasing global attention on sustainable development. The key objective of the SSTEC project is for Singapore and China to jointly develop an environmentally-friendly, resource-efficient and socially harmonious city which can serve as a model for sustainable development in China and beyond.

2. How is Singapore involved in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city (SSTEC) project?

Singapore has been involved in the project through the sharing of expertise and experience. Experts from various agencies, such as URA (for urban planning), NParks (for urban landscaping), PUB (for water management) and BCA (for green building technologies), have been working closely with their Chinese counterparts in the planning and development of the Eco-city we see today.

The Singapore Government does not fund the infrastructure development for the Eco-City. A local Chinese Government authority oversees the project with the master developer Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co., Ltd. – which is a 50-50 joint venture between a Singapore consortium led by Keppel Group and a Chinese consortium led by Tianjin TEDA Investment Holding Co., Ltd..

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3. What is the concept of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city?

The Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city’s vision is to be a thriving city which is socially harmonious, environmentally-friendly and resource-efficient – a model for sustainable development. This vision is underpinned by the concepts of Three Harmonies and Three Abilities.

Three Harmonies refer to:

  • People living in harmony with other people, i.e social harmony;
  • People living in harmony with economic activities, i.e economic vibrancy; and
  • People living in harmony with the environment, i.e environmental sustainability

Three Abilities refer to the Eco-city being:

  • Practicable: the technologies adopted in the Eco-city must be affordable and commercially viable;
  • Replicable: the principles and models of the Eco-city could be applied to other cities in China and in other countries; and
  • Scalable: the principles and models could be adopted for another project or development of a different scale