Asia has the largest population of any continent. It is also home to some of the most egregious environmental problems. However, that is quickly changing. Many Asian nations have started to become conscious of the need to clean up and protect the environment.
One Asian country which is taking major steps to improve their environment is Singapore. They have created a Green print program designed to encourage eco-friendly, sustainable living in their public housing estates. The program includes the building of underground pipes and a pneumatic system to facilitate refuse collection.
Another program is installing vertical greenery, solar panels and even secure facilities for parking bicycles. They are also installing ‘green’ roofs in 9 low-rise blocks and an energy-efficient Elevator Energy Regeneration System in an 18 block area. This program is designed to encourage residents to increase their recycling efforts, choose greener ways to commute, and decrease consumption. The new green program will increase community farming and install energy-efficient electrical appliances and solar powered home and street lights.
Shanghai’s contribution to Asia’s move towards a greener environment is an innovative one. They are constructing the first eco-friendly skyscraper in the world. Called the Shanghai Tower, the wind-powered skyscraper is the world’s second tallest building. It is an example of China’s new sustainable urban construction. The building has earned 3 stars in China’s Green Building rating system and the LEED Gold Standard. The building’s turbines produce 54,000 kWh a year in renewable energy.
Unique construction techniques created an air pocket which cools the building in summer and insulates it in winter. Recycled local materials were also used in constructing the skyscraper, 1/3 of which will be public green space. Plus the building is designed to achieve carbon neutrality.
The Chinese are also building an environment friendly ‘Great City’ using sustainable development practices designed for high density urban living. The city will house, educate and employ about 80,000 people while using 48% less energy and 56% less water. It will also produce 60% less carbon dioxide and 89% less landfill waste.
Residents will be able to walk to any destination within the city within 15 minutes. Mass transit will take people to the areas surrounding the city. It will also preserve the topography and 15% of land area will be used for green space.