China has been working on cutting its carbon emissions for decades. And now the country's efforts are really getting into gear, as the public takes an increasing interest in green technology and their own carbon footprint.
This park in downtown Beijing is designed to exhibit a range of low carbon technologies and applications.
Dozens of such technologies are on display, and nearly half of them have been developed in-house.
But the goal isn't limited to giving visitors a peek at technologies found only in the lab. The park also wants to show the curious a glimpse of how it may all come together at home.
Director of Nanguan low-carbon research center Duan Bin said, "They low-carbon lifestyle is just an idea, really. So how can we turn it into something people can see and touch? We built this park and house to showcase all kinds of low-carbon technologies and ideas. Hopefully everyone can get a glimpse of the low-carbon life. As people gain interest, the concept will spread."
The park also serves as a domestic sewage treatment plant. It has the capacity to process over 60 tons of waste water from over 3,000 households nearby. And it uses that to produce clean water for the park.
The low carbon lifestyle is gaining some real traction in China as an increasing number of people and organizations join the campaign. As China's premier research institution, Tsinghua University is also at the cutting edge of China's low carbon research.
The quest for low-carbon research in Tsinghua University stretches back decades. And today new programs are helping them double down on their work.
The Low Carbon Energy Laboratory is a great example.
Founded in 2008, it helps coordinate the University's research and guide the development of new technologies.
Vice director of Tsinghua Low Carbon Energy Research Lab Yao Qiang said, "Our lab here at Tsinghua focuses mostly on promoting research in three areas. One is optimizing traditional energy sources such as clean coal technology. The second is developing carbon-free technologies like nuclear energy and other renewable resources. Third, we provide energy strategy advising to the government as it draws up energy roadmaps and policies."
Yao also emphasized their strides with clean coal technology and carbon dioxide recovery.
And that's not all. The park administration has also been busy coming up with awareness campaigns centered around a low carbon lifestyle. They believe that public awareness and support is crucial above all else.(CNTV.cn June 20, 2012)