CHINA-ITALY PROJECT
ON URBAN CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Circular planning of production and consumption in the Jing-Jin-Ji metropolitan mega-district (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei) and the Metropolitan City of Naples.

PROJECT

Recently, urban systems have been suffering for several issues: lack of resources and energy, huge difference in terms of life standards between cities and rural areas, increase of urban waste, etc.Recently, urban systems have been suffering for several issues: lack of resources and energy, huge difference in terms of life standards between cities and rural areas, increase of urban waste, etc.

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METROPOLITAN AREAS

Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Area – Metropolitan Area of NaplesBeijing-Tianjin-Hebei

Metropolitan Area of Naples

The Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy (Città metropolitana di Napoli) is located in Southern Italian region Campania. It is a mainly coastal area located around the Gulf of Naples in the Thyrrenian Sea, covering a surface of 1,179 km2, including five islands, and orographically characterised by the presence of some short coastal mountain reliefs as well as of the volcano Mount Vesuvius. The Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy (Città metropolitana di Napoli) is located in Southern Italian region Campania. It is a mainly coastal area located around the Gulf of Naples in the Thyrrenian Sea, covering a surface of 1,179 km2, including five islands, and orographically characterised by the presence of some short coastal mountain reliefs as well as of the volcano Mount Vesuvius.

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Jing-jin-ji Metropolitan Region

The Jing-jin-ji Metropolitan Region or Jing-Jin-Ji (JJJ), also known as Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BJ-TJ-HE), is the national capital region of China. It is the biggest urbanized megalopolis region in Northern China. It includes an economic region surrounding the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin, along the coast of the Bohai Sea. This emerging region is rising as a northern metropolitan region rivaling the Pearl River Delta in the south and the Yangtze River Delta in the east.
In 2017, Jing-Jin-Ji produced 10% (US$1.2 trillion or US$2.4 trillion in PPP) of China’s GDP. Jing-Jin-Ji has traditionally been involved in heavy industries and manufacturing. Tianjin’s strengths have always been in aviation, logistics and shipping. Beijing complements this economic activity with strong petrochemical, education and R&D industries. The area is becoming a significant growth cluster for automobile, electronics, petrochemical sectors, automotive industry, software and aircraft, also attracting foreign investments in manufacturing and health services.
The Chinese central government has made it a priority to integrate all the cities in the Bohai Bay rim and foster economic development. This includes building an advanced communications network, better highways, increased education and scientific resources as well as tapping natural resources off the Bohai rim.The Jing-jin-ji Metropolitan Region or Jing-Jin-Ji (JJJ), also known as Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BJ-TJ-HE), is the national capital region of China. It is the biggest urbanized megalopolis region in Northern China. It includes an economic region surrounding the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin, along the coast of the Bohai Sea. This emerging region is rising as a northern metropolitan region rivaling the Pearl River Delta in the south and the Yangtze River Delta in the east.

RESEARCH

In this section the Project Reports and Publications will be published.

Nawab, A., Liu, G., Meng, F., Hao, Y., Zhang, Y., Hu, Y., Casazza, M. (2019) Exploring urban energy-water nexus embodied in domestic and international trade: A case of Shanghai. Journal of Cleaner Production (223, 522-5355).
Zhang, D., Liu, G., Chen, C., Zhang, Y., Hao, Y., Casazza, M. (2019) Medium-to-long-term coupled strategies for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction in Beijing (China). Energy Policy (127, 350-360).
Project Report

NEWS AND EVENTS

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Urban Circular Economy Project: A great opportunity for student and researcher’s mobility

In addition to the scientific collaboration with joint research activities, publications, meetings and visits, organization of joint events, an extended plan for exchange and mobility for students (Master and Doctorate)[…]

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China-Italy Innovation Forum Side Event, 28 November, Jinan, Shandong Province

Jinan is the provincial capital of Shandong, a province situated in the eastern coastal area of China. Shandong is the 3rd Chinese province in terms of GdP. The Chinese government[…]

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China-Italy Innovation Forum, 26-27 November, Beijing

The China-Italy Innovation Forum is the national bilateral program for the internationalization of research and innovation between Italy and China. It represents a permanent platform for cooperation in the field[…]

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PARTNERS

The project is the result of cooperation between Italian and Chinese organizations. The Italian team works on the Metropolitan City of Naples; the Chinese team focuses on the Jing-Jin-Ji area (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei); both areas present challenges and opportunities, despite the difference in size, which make the results exportable to other urban systems.

PARTNER PROFILE

“Parthenope” University of Naples

Beijing Normal University School of Environment

Ca ’Foscari University of Venice

Fondazione Idis-Città della Scienza

With the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Directorate General for the Promotion of the Country System.

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