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RESURC - integrated urban planning - industrial wastewater - material flow analysis - multi-criteria assessment - synergies - BMBF [06.11.2019]

Evaluation of sewage systems in Urumqi - RESURC definition phase launched

The fast-growing city of Urumqi and its surroundings in northwestern China have developed into the largest urban agglomeration in a high-continental and semi-arid environment in Central Asia, where more than 4.6 million people live. Urumqi's dynamic development poses major challenges in terms of sustainable development and ecological and socio-economic resilience.

The three priorities of the RESURC project address these challenges: Firstly, to significantly reduce CO2 and pollutant emissions and improve the urban climate. Secondly, to increase the resilience of local infrastructures for supply and disposal and, thirdly, to systematically consider urban-rural relationships. The aim of the project is to create a model district by linking industrial and residential areas that is exemplary for sustainable development options for similar regions.

In the definition phase of the project, inter 3 takes on the task of developing a framework for the evaluation of industrial and municipal sewage systems. A material flow analysis will provide the first reliable data. This will later make it possible to identify the most feasible energy, technical and socio-economic optimisation approaches for increasing cross-sector water efficiency in the project area in the form of a multi-criteria evaluation.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the definition phase of the project from 2019 to 2020. The project is coordinated by IUWA - Institut für Umweltwirtschaftsanalysen Heidelberg e.V. and developed in cooperation with inter 3, AT-Verband - Verband zur Förderung angepasster, sozial und umweltfreundlicher Technologien e.V. Stuttgart and the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.

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