Low-Carbon Development Research

Research on China-UK Green Building Renovation Industry under the Background of Dual Carbon Goals

Cooperation: the Energy & Infrastructure teams, Department of International Trade, British Embassy Beijing; UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (UK PACT)
With the joint support of the British Embassy in China, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UES organized a China-UK expert group and completed the Report on China Green Retrofitting and UK Business Cases. From the perspectives of policy environment, regional cities, renovation types, and market demand, the report analyzed the priorities and challenges of transforming China’s green building retrofitting market under the ‘dual carbon’ goals. It further put forward pragmatic suggestions on policy tools and business models that give full play to the two-way drive of the government and the market with a dynamic coordination mechanism combining top-down and bottom-up approaches, as well as deepened international cooperation.

Suzhou Low Carbon Research and Innovation Park Project

The project is jointly carried out by UES and local enterprises. Centering on the concept of low-carbon “life, production and ecology”, experts at home and abroad are gathered to plan and build a new-type low-carbon industrial park. It integrates multiple functions of “publicity and education+technological innovation+research platform+urban regeneration demonstration” by giving full play to the resources and strengths of universities and social capital, and relying on low-carbon frontier research and innovation technology. It is set to pave way for the mode innovation and practical application of low-carbon concept, and further the strategic goal of green transformation of China’s economic and social development.

Urban Quality Research

Cooperation: Wujiang District Taihu New Town Construction Bureau

Research on Urban Priority Areas for Quality Transformation

The research critically reviews the connotation changes of ‘urban quality’ in the new urban context, and discusses the framework for evaluation and research. It proposes a strategic positioning on the ‘lake economy’ in light of the local characteristics of Wuijang Taihu New Town and suggests long-term monitoring and priority areas for stage advancement.

The Micro-renewal of the Old Residential Communities for the Elderly

The research builds a theoretical framework and analyses the infrastructure and activities for the elderly in Wuijang Taihu New Town’s older neighbourhoods. It provides systematic guidelines for the aging-friendly renovation of public spaces in more old neighbourhoods by the planning of 5-10-15 minute living circles and modular landscape design strategies.

Brand Strategy from the Perspective of Symbolic Landscape

Combining the overall planning and analysis of the current situation, the research integrates the “Jiangnan culture” into the symbolic landscape. Taking the East Taihu Ecological Park as an example, the research also explores the role of language, pattern, colour and other symbolic landscapes in quality enhancement, and proposes overall design directions and detailed transformation plans.

Classification and Characterization of Urban Open Space

The research analyses the resources and challenges of Wujiang Taihu New Town through multi-source big data, and classifies urban open spaces on this basis. Combining case studies and the general principle of “ecology-culture-recreation”, it proposes the construction of the two-level slow-walking system of “whole area-neighbourhood” and the “daily/festival” recreation circle, the multi-dimensional use of ecological resources, and the display of history and culture on multiple levels, to shape and enhance the characteristics of urban open space.

Industrial Development Research

Research on Benchmarking Suzhou Industrial Park with Top Global High-Tech Parks

Cooperation: Suzhou Sungent Urban Development Co., Ltd.
Drawing on and comparing the advanced experiences of first-class high-tech parks in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan, the research provides recommendations for SIP in terms of industrial strength, openness, innovation capacity and talent development, and helps SIP to participate deeply in international competition.

Research on the “Enclave Economy” of Suzhou Industrial Park from the Perspective of Knowledge Transfer

It is a Suzhou Social Science Fund Project. The research develops a knowledge transfer framework for enclave parks and validates the practicality of the framework through case studies, providing a reference for promoting the application of the “SIP experience” and achieving long-term progress.

Water Environment Research

Cooperation: Wujiang District Water Affairs Bureau

Research on Technical Efficiency of Rural Sewage Treatment

The project conducts systematic research on villages that have implemented sewage treatment upgrades, and puts forward suggested ways to implement village tail water resource utilization through the evaluation of sewage treatment efficiency and the comparison of the effects of different treatment technologies.

Smart Water Affairs Informatization

The project tests the water quality in the Yuandang Lake area by building algorithm models, neural network models, model debugging, and algorithm optimization, and proposes governance paths and strategies. The project results can be docked with the smart water platform of Suzhou Water Affairs Bureau to simulate future water quality conditions and predict water quality problems.

Optimization of Water System Structure in Wujiang District, Suzhou

Based on policies for water system adjustment, the research develops suitable local approaches and rules, and proposes strategies and solutions for optimising the water system structure, providing a reference for water system planning in Wujiang District.

Cause of Water Pollution in Wujiang District, Suzhou

Using physicochemical and microbiological parameters, the research evaluates the water quality of some areas in Wujiang, and identifies pollution sources through qPCR quantitative analysis, providing theoretical support for local water pollution control efforts.

Pre-assessment of Tail Water Ecological Purification System of Sewage Plant

The project provides a comprehensive pre-assessment of the unimplemented schemes, making recommendations for ecological restoration and providing research support to enhance the value of water ecosystem services in the region.

Agriculture Development Research

Cooperation: Suzhou Industrial Park Economic Development Committee

Investigation on Agricultural Development Status in SIP

The research investigates the present situation, advantages and challenges of agriculture in SIP as a highly urbanised and modern area. From the perspectives of management optimization and industrial development, the research provides planning suggestions for the combination of agriculture and cities for SIP, exploring a new path of agricultural modernization and industrial integration.

Food and City: Smart and Green Regeneration in SIP

Introducing the concept of smart urban agriculture, the research establishes innovative urban agricultural models, including factory transformation and community farming two forms and space design, to provide citizen-centred urban agricultural facilities, seeking green innovation, wisdom, and sustainable high-quality life.