Officials from various Singapore agencies join hands with the Eco-city Administrative Committee to look into different aspects of development in the Eco-city such as public housing, water management, urban planning and transport, environmental management and economic promotion.

Building an Eco-city

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) had worked closely with the Eco-city Administrative Committee and the relevant Chinese planning agencies on the Eco-city’s initial masterplan in 2008, as well as the revised masterplans in 2013 and 2017. URA has also contributed towards the conceptualisation of the city centre, which will be developed into a “Green Smart Hub” that houses a smart low carbon central business district.

The National Parks Board (NParks) had worked closely with the Eco-city Administrative Committee and the relevant Chinese agencies in the planning of green spaces in the Eco-city, including the creation of the Eco-valley, a green spine that runs through the Eco-city. NParks has also been providing technical expertise and advice on the design and development of the Sino-Singapore Friendship Garden which is currently under construction. The Garden will have a tropical greenhouse that showcases Singapore’s “City in a Garden” concept.

Protecting the Environment

PUB, the national water agency, had worked closely with the Eco-city Administrative Committee to jointly develop a set of Integrated Water Management Guidelines for the Eco-city covering water conservation, water safety and quality, and sanitation and drainage. PUB also assists in monitoring the water-related KPIs for the Eco-city.

One early project which PUB was involved in was the provision of technical assistance to rehabilitate the wastewater pond into the Jing Lake we see today. It also shared its experience in developing the Active, Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters Programme which harnesses potential of waterbodies to create community space for the public. PUB also contributed its expertise to the construction and operation of the Eco-city’s wastewater treatment plant and recycling plant.

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) had been working closely with the Eco-city Administrative Committee to develop the Eco-city into a Demonstration Base for Green Buildings. The Eco-city has since achieved the target of 100% green buildings. The Green Building Evaluation Standards (GBES) for the Eco-city was developed by BCA together with the Eco-city Administrative Committee, and was drawn up based on BCA’s Green Mark System and the Green Star System adopted by the PRC Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

BCA had also conducted customised training programmes for Tianjin and Eco-city Administrative Committee government officials and industry professionals to enhance their awareness of green building concepts and develop industry capabilities in green building technologies in the Eco-city.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) had worked with the Eco-city Administrative Committee to develop an integrated environmental monitoring system for the Eco-city. NEA is also working with the Eco-city Administrative Committee to monitor the Eco-city’s various environmental-related KPIs, such as treatment of hazardous waste, noise pollution levels, ambient air quality, carbon emissions level, per capita domestic waste generated and overall recycling rate.

Weaving the Social Fabric

Residential developments in the Eco-city include both public and private housing, with its public housing policies modelled after Singapore’s to provide affordable housing. The Housing and Development Board (HDB) and Eco-city Administrative Committee have jointly formulated the Public Housing Policy Framework for the Eco-city, which took reference from Singapore’s public housing model.

Cybrarian Ventures Private Limited, a wholly-owned legal subsidiary under the National Library Board (NLB), has designed two sections in the Eco-city’s Sino-Singapore Friendship Library – namely the Singapore Section and the Children’s Eco-Library. These two sections in the library, which house Singapore-themed books, magazines and audio-visual materials, offer a common space for residents of all ages in the Eco-city to learn more about Singapore and to bond with one another.

Growing the Economy

Enterprise Singapore (ESG) is actively helping Singapore-based companies and industry associations to set up their operations in the Eco-city. ESG offers a range of financial incentives such as grants and tax incentives to help Singapore-based companies to set up their operations in the Eco-city. In view of the Eco-city’s unique status as a flagship Government-to-Government project, a customised Tianjin Eco-city Assistance Programme (TAP) was launched in January 2011 to facilitate Singapore-based companies’ entry into the Eco-city.