State Grid Zhejiang, Changshu Wetlands Win China Sustainability Awards
Yicai Global
DATE:  Dec 15 2022
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State Grid Zhejiang, Changshu Wetlands Win China Sustainability Awards State Grid Zhejiang, Changshu Wetlands Win China Sustainability Awards

(Yicai Global) Dec. 15 -- State Grid Zhejiang Provincial Electric Power and Changshu Wetland Conservation and Management Station have won the 2022 Paulson Prize for Sustainability awards for their projects in green innovation and nature stewardship.

State Grid Zhejiang’s China’s Pilot Energy Big Data Center to Support Carbon Neutrality Strategy in Zhejiang and Changshu Wetlands’ Innovative Model of Urban Development and Wetland Conservation stood out among the nominees and were awarded the Green Innovation Award and the Nature Stewardship Award respectively, said the organizers, namely the Paulson Institute, an independent “think and do tank” dedicated to fostering a US-China relationship, and Beijing’s Tsinghua University.

2022 is a crucial year for climate change and biodiversity conservation. The UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) is now convening in Montreal, where countries are calling for new thinking and transformative solutions to chart a new course for the future of our planet.

“Today, we’re living through an age of existential risk in the natural world,” said Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Chairman of the Paulson Institute. “We need a cultural transformation in awareness, not only of the existing challenges but the solutions needed to chart a better course for our planet. This is what the Paulson Prize for Sustainability aims to advance.”

Launched in 2013, the Prize has awarded projects in China that provide innovative, scalable, and market-based solutions to tackle the most pressing climate and environmental challenges. The Prize shines a light on notable projects that offer the most sustainable best practices in China and the rest of the world.

"Green development based on eco-civilization is a viable path for sustainable development of human society. China is making active attempts to promote green development, tackle climate change, and conserve biodiversity—providing a useful experience for countries around the world. These are goals shared by Tsinghua University and the Paulson Institute in our efforts to accelerate sustainable development," said Nie Jianguo, Chairperson of the Academic Committee of Tsinghua University and academician of the CAE.

The Paulson Prize established two categories: Nature Stewardship and Green Innovation. The Nature Stewardship category recognizes innovative and scalable projects that preserve and protect the natural environment. The Green Innovation category promotes climate and environmental solutions.

Having built China's first provincial-level energy big data center by breaking through data barriers and providing a solution for precise carbon reduction, the project China’s Pilot Energy Big Data Center to Support Carbon Neutrality Strategy in Zhejiang by State Grid Zhejiang Provincial Electric Power Company was awarded the Green Innovation Award.

Tracy Wolstencroft, Co-Chair of the Jury, Senior Advisor to TPG Rise Climate, and former President and CEO of the National Geographic Society said, "The winning project offers a systemic solution that provides critical and timely energy and carbon emissions data to empower decarbonization. We are impressed by the scale and replicability of the solution, as well as the governance structure to engage municipal and provincial policy-makers, business leaders, and financial institutions. Building this value-added data service on top of the energy delivery business is a powerful combination that will generate economy-wide impact.”

Having achieved a harmonious human-wetland relationship and prosperity between wetland conservation and urban development, the project Innovative Model of Urban Development and Wetland Conservation by Changshu Wetland Conservation and Management Station was awarded the Nature Stewardship Award.

Professor Keping Ma, Co-Chair of the Jury, IUCN Regional Councilor and Chair for the Asia Regional Members Committee, and Deputy Director of the Biodiversity Committee of the Chinese Academy of Science said, "With nature-based solutions and multiparty participation, the Changshu project provides a Chinese paradigm of wetland conservation in developed areas and an example of creating and managing an international wetland city."

The projects recognized with excellence awards in the Green Innovation category:

Innovative Pollution Monitoring Technology and Supervision Model Based on Aqueous Fingerprint by Suzhou G-Seeker Technology Co., Ltd

"C cloud" Solution: Reshaping Carbon Management for Businesses by Carbonstop (Beijing) Tech Co., Ltd

And in the Nature Stewardship category:

Practices on Protecting and Rewilding for Ecosystem Authenticity of Sanjiangyuan by Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

China Nature Watch: Filling “Data Gaps” for Biodiversity Conservation by Shan Shui Conservation Center

Novartis Southwest Sichuan Carbon-Sink Forestry, Community and Biodiversity Project by Novartis Group (China).

The Paulson Prize is supported by the China Association of Circular Economy, AmCham China, C-Team, The Nature Conservancy, Center for China and Globalization (CCG), and media partner Yicai Media Group.

Editor: Kim Taylor

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