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Ordos aims for zero-carbon development

Updated: 2022-08-18 (chinadaily.com.cn) Print

The city of Ordos in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region is working with world-leading green tech company Envision Group to achieve the “dual carbon" goals.

China has set goals to reach peak carbon emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.

Ordos is an important energy supplier in China. Its coal output accounts for about one-sixth of the country's total and it is rich in renewable resources.

Ordos and Envision Group signed cooperation deals in 2021 to build the world's first zero-carbon industrial park – the Envision Ordos Zero-Carbon Industrial Park.

In April 2022, the first phase of the industrial park was completed and put into operation in the Ordos Mengsu Economic Development Zone.

The park is currently home to nine new energy enterprises and has formed a battery and energy storage industrial chain, a photovoltaic industrial chain, a hydrogen fuel cell and green hydrogen equipment manufacturing industrial chain, and a new energy vehicle manufacturing industrial chain.

"The industrial park aims to create a zero-carbon industrial park innovation system that mainly includes new power systems, zero-carbon digital operating systems based on international standards, and green new industrial clusters," said Zhang Yuan, senior director of the zero-carbon strategy of Envision Group.

The first phase of the industrial park has achieved 100 percent clean energy. In the future, 80 percent of the energy in the entire industrial park will be directly supplied by local wind power and photovoltaics, and 20 percent will be traded with the grid, Zhang added.

In recent years, Ordos has accelerated the development of the entire new energy industrial chain and will start construction on 15 million kilowatts of new energy projects in 2022.

By the end of the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25), Ordos' new energy installed capacity is expected to reach 50 million kW, accounting for more than 50 percent of the city's total installed power capacity.