- Innovation in policy and strategy: Manage common and conflicting interests through regional and national strategies covering multiple cities and through integration between departmental city silos; set national and regional energy efficiency targets and policies that transform user behavior; diversify funding channels e.g. with equity investments, municipal bonds and tax reform.
- Innovation in technology: Develop intelligent buildings to improve energy efficiency; implement smart grids to balance demand and supply and to automate the maintenance and management of infrastructure; create Intelligent Transport Systems to improve traffic flows and incentivize use of public transport; improve actionable insights by integrating data between silos and applying analytics.
- Innovation in cross sector and cross regional co-operation: Foster intercity collaboration on ecological and resource protection; draw in the private sector into the public sector’s policy making, planning and financing; Improve energy efficiency through greater integration between utilities, property developers and building management companies.
“China has an opportunity to encourage healthy competition between its cities as a way to incentivize more sustainable urbanization,” said Peter Lacy, managing director, Strategy and Sustainability Services, Greater China and Asia Pacific. “But competition between cities should not prevent them cooperating on the development of common frameworks for technology, governance and financial models within which they can design specific solutions for their local needs. China’s New Resource Economy depends on such frameworks that can only be developed if its governments, businesses and other stakeholders work more closely together.”“We’re very pleased to work with Accenture on this long-term research,” said Shi Minjun, Deputy Director of Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Research Center on Fictitious Economy & Data Science (FEDS). “The New Resources Economy Index not only reflects the current macro challenges faced by Chinese cities, but also helps cities assess their own performance in balancing economic growth, resources efficiency and capacity for sustainable development. The Index will assist Chinese cities to make the most of their attributes and work more creatively within their constraints. We look forward to further discussion with more Chinese cities and researchers to enrich this assessment model.” Methodology The New Resource Economy City Index assesses the performance of cities in three areas: economic performance: a city’s level of economic development and capacity for further development; resource and environmental sustainability: a city’s ability to preserve the environment, its dependence on natural resources and how efficiently it uses them; development capacity: the social capacity for a city’s transformation into a new resource economy, including infrastructure, IT development, and institutional and management innovation. The indicator system uses a weighted composite based on a total of 32 performance indicators. Included in the analysis were 73 of China’s 287 largest cities at the prefecture level and above, covering 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions to ensure broad representation.
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