Arup, HSBC and the China Center for Urban Development have launched the “UK-China Smart Cities Development and Investment Hub”
The ‘hub’ will provide a platform for the private sector to work with partners in government to develop holistic and scalable solutions to address the challenges faced by fast-growing cities across China.
The Smart Cities Development and Investment Hub was formally launched at the 8th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) in London. It is particularly significant as smart cities have been highlighted in China’s 12th and 13th Five Year Plans as a ‘sector that should be strengthened and encouraged’.
Rapid urbanisation is creating environmental and social challenges for cities around the globe. Companies such as Arup and HSBC have built a strong track record in applying systems thinking around the world to derive the best solutions at city level. The investment hub will allow key players from industry and the public sector to work together to offer consultation, products and services on planning, financing and project management to support the development of smart cities in China.
“The special relationship between the UK and China provides a unique opportunity to address, in a very proactive and collaborative way, some of the challenges around smart cities. The establishment of a ‘hub’ to address issues around project scope and financing will help cities enormously in their efforts to address issues around traffic management, air quality, climate change, citizen engagement and economic development.”
– Volker Bushcher, Global Digital Business Leader, Arup
“Tireless collaboration between national and municipal governments, and between the public and private sectors, is needed to address the challenges arising from rapidly growing cities and society’s requirements for low-carbon infrastructure. That is one reason why HSBC is supporting the UK-China Smart City Development and Investment Hub, in conjunction with Arup and the China Centre for Urban Development. This new initiative will enable municipal authorities and businesses in both the UK and China to work more closely together to develop smart cities which meet our economic, environmental and social objectives.”
– Douglas Flint, Group Chairman, HSBC
According to a previous Arup study, the global market for Smart Cities could reach $408bn by 2020 and China will be a significant driver of this growth as some RMB500bn has been earmarked for Smart Cities in China during the 13th FYP period (2016-2020).