Climate Change in Cities Conference in Beijing

2013-06-13


Climate Change is posing major challenges for the cities. The risks to their inhabitants, municipal infrastructure and green spaces will continue to rise as a result of midsummer extreme temperatures, heavy rainfall, periods of drought and storms. This will require additional adaptation measures in the operation and further development of infrastructure. Adaptation to climate change in the fields of planning, construction, green spaces, mobility/traffic and transport, water and health is necessary. There are key areas of activity for the future orientation of the adaptation process in the cities. Priority should be attached to measures that combine change mitigation with adaptation.
In order to address their issues and raise awareness in climate change the conference “Climate Change in Cities” with the subtopics “Crisis Prevention Strategies” and “Crisis Response” addressed the challenges resulting from climate change for cities. It took place on 30th May within the URBANTEC Conference, which was a part of the CIFTIS exhibition in the National Convention Center in Beijing. The conference was organized by Econet China, German Industry & Commerce, Greater China and the German Association of Cities.

Climate Change in Cities Conference in Beijing

Sören Pürschel GIC BJ, econet china


During the day more than 100 participants attended the conference. Experts informed about necessary steps in the planning of infrastructure and crisis response systems.
The conference was opened by the welcoming address of Mrs. Cordula Geinitz, First Secretary for Environment and Climate Policy of the German Embassy in Beijing, Mr. Jin-Sheng Lue, representative of Asia, German Association of Cities and Mr. Soeren Puerschel, Head of Environmental Services, German Industry and Commerce. They mentioned the necessity for preventing crisis from climate change and the need of a cooperation between experts in China and Germany. The German Embassy and Adelphi gemeinnützige GmbH presented an exhibition about Climate Change in the halls of the fair, where the general public could inform itself about the impact of climate change. 
Following the opening address Mr. Jin-Sheng Lue from the German Association of Cities held a presentation about the challenges for cities on their way to eco cities, therefore stressing the considerable efforts in terms of mitigation. Afterwards Mr. Stephan Becsei from BEAR Germany made a speech about Water in livable Cities. As Mr. Becsei is working as an Architect he explained several solutions to solve the water problem of growing cities. Mr. Becsei explained the rainwater Management in with the help of a project in Berlin. After the tea break Mr. Harald Kraft, Managing director and owner of Ingenieurbüro Kraft, Berlin, Germany introduced the ecological and economical sustainable storm water management and sanitation systems. He presented solutions to prevent flood risks, which are already working in Germany and projects with rainwater and waste water usage. In light of the current situation in Germany this topic is of special significance.

Climate Change in Cities Conference in Beijing

left to right: Mr. Harald Kraft, Ingenieurbüro Kraft, Berlin,
Mrs. Cordula Geinitz, First Secretary, Environment and Climate Policy, German Embassy Beijing,
Mr. Stephan Becsei, BEAR Germany



Mr. M. Sc. Chiyan Peng, Senior Representative of Hannover and Project Manager of Wasser Hannover gave a lecture on “Intelligent drainage systems against flooding and ecological concepts against pollution” with a project example of Vienna and northern town Changde.
In the afternoon Mr. Andy Tsu, Sales Engineer, Benson Int´l Group Co., Ltd., Empl and Mr. Christian Wesel, Sales Manager, Daimler AG presented their Immediate Response Technology and special purpose vehicles. They have shown several useful crisis vehicles and stressed the multitude of application scenarios. Mr. Jens Krause Civil Engineer, Urban System Consult GmbH informed the audience about the process of coordination in urban development, followed by a panel discussion, during which Mr. Soeren Puerschel, invited Mr. Lue, Mr. Krause, Mr. Becsei, Mr. Wesel and Mr. Kraft to exchange their views on the topic of crisis prevention and response. The speakers answered several questions from the audience.

Climate Change in Cities Conference in Beijing

left to right: Mr. Jens Krause, Urban System Consult GmbH,
Mr. Jin-Sheng Lue, German Association of Cities,
Mr. Stephan Becsei, BEAR Germany, Mr. Harald Kraft, Ingenieurbüro Kraft, Berlin,
Mr. Christian Wesel, Daimler A,
Mr. Soeren Puerschel, German Industry and Commerce Beijing

Following the tea break in the afternoon Mr. Stephan Becsei presented the topic of “Reducing CO2 emissions and the removal of particulate pollution by vegetation via interactivity” and explained the main causes for climate desasters and how to reduce them. In the end of the day Mr. Zhe Jiang, Low Carbon Product Manager, TÜV SÜD gave an introduction about the practice on airborne particle measurement. He presented a case study of the German city of Augsburg in Bavaria.

The conference proved to be very successful and provided the audience and experts with an in depth understanding about the consequences of Climate change for cities, especially very concrete crisis, such as flooding and heat islands. It results in serious impact on energy networks, city infrastructure and building safety. Mobility during crisis scenarios as well as other crisis response systems are affected. Life and safety especially of the less affluent levels of the society are also affected by climate change in cities. Different crisis scenarios were presented and means for addressing the different crisis were successfully presented and discussed.

Climate Change in Cities Conference in Beijing

 

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Andy Tsu- Immediate Response Technology and special purpose vehicles
Andy Tsu- Immediate Response Technology and special purpose vehicles2

Chiyan Peng- Intelligent drainage system against flooding, ecological concept against pollution

Harald kraft-Ecological and economical sustainable storm water management and sanitation systems

Jens Krause- Process of coordination in Urban Development

Jiang Zhe-Pratice on airborne particle measurement

Stephan Becsei- Reducing CO2 emissions and the removal of particulate

pollution by vegetation via interactivity

Stephan Becsei-water in livable cities

Wesel- Immediate Response Technology and special purpose vehiclesMB_special trucks



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