Promotion of sustainable megacity development through material-efficient Management
The central aim of the transdisciplinary project within the Federal Ministry for Education and Reseach‘s funding priority Future Megacities is to develop strategies and instruments for the sustainable development of a rapidly expanding metropolis in arid Central Asia (Urumqi/NW China), thereby promoting and guaranteeing a satisfactory quality of life in this urban area. In order to reach this goal, key stakeholders from the fields of research, local administrations, communal practice and commerce cooperate closely within the project. The project approach focuses on the evironmentally sensitive, diverse and closely linked key flows of water, material and energy, along with their respective interactions. The key flow “materials” is run by IUWA Heidelberg together with Chinese partners from Urumqi. The main focus of their work lies on research into the largest industrial park in Western China and it’s material flows, as well as the local potential for industrial symbiosis, increased material efficiency and the promotion of a sustainable industrial waste management through the development and implementation of a waste management software with standardised waste classifications and the corresponding measures to expand competencies and capacities.
Another component of extensive work being carried out is a survey of key actors from enterprises, authorities and individual households on the topic of waste, water, energy and generally on environmental knowledge and education, which is then evaluated.