Green and industry seem to be a group of natural contradictory words. But in a small development area in Yantai, the birthplace of Henry Ruth, Green and Industry has combined perfectly. There are blue water, green hills, and the world’s top high-tech enterprises. How can they achieve this?
Economic and Technology Development Area is a low tax industrial district aims to attract foreign investments. YEDA is set up in 1984. Since the establishment, with its costal location and policy advantages, YEDA has attracted a large number of world-class enterprises to invest, including 79 projects invested by the World’s Top Five Hundred, and other 2400 industrial enterprises. It has formed the two leading industries of machinery manufacturing, electronic information and superior industrial clusters, such as automobile, mobile phone, computer, shipbuilding, equipment manufacturing and so on. SAIC-GM, Foxconn, Wanhua Chemical, Inspur-LG, Daewoo Shipbuilding are parts of them. After a period of rapid development, in 2010, the per capita GDP of YEDA has exceeded 80 thousand US dollars. But they noticed that industrial development has also brought environmental pollution and ecological destruction. Therefore the local managers established the new development concept of “Industry+Green”. They resolutely refuse any polluting enterprises to enter and focus on the introduction of quality projects which are high quality, high efficiency, energy saving, low carbon, and environment friendly.
‘Over the past three years, more than 200 environmental reform projects have been implemented which were invested over 10 million RMB. The total reform fund reached about 30 billion RMB. We implemented clean production in more than 150 enterprises throughout the region, and the main pollutant emission indicators are consistently lower than the national standards for eco-industrial areas.’ Said the director of YEDA Administrative Committee. With the development of economy, the regional environment is improving constantly. This transformed town won the title of “United Nations Green Industrial Park”.
Today, if you go to this coastal industrial town, you will see not only international industrial plants, but also golden beach, green water, blue sky, and dazzling stars. The growth of this town’s per capita GDP is continuing. It has reached 100 thousand US dollars now. The contradiction of environmental protection and economic development is a serious problem plagued the whole world. While with their vision and courage, YEDA made changes at an early date and succeeded eventually. The development concept of “Industry+Green” worth thinking and learning from any government administrator in the world.