German Rhine-Neckar-Area Economic Delegation
July 16-21, 2011 in Urumqi, Xinjiang

The German Economic Delegation from the  Rhine-Neckar-Area visited Urumqi, Xinjiang   July 16-21, 2011. Among the members of the delegation were the Lord-Mayor of the City of Heidelberg, Dr. Eckart Würzner, Dr. Martin Barth, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Bernd Kappenstein, Metropolitan Region of Rhine-Neckar, as well as many other representatives from economy, education and research in the Rhine-Neckar Area. The delegation members, Chinese and German project partners and interested representatives from economy, education and research in Urumqi and Xinjiang participated in the conference sessions and field trips in Urumqi, Xinjiang on the various aspects of the sustainable development of megacities. Topics included  energy efficiency, waste and water management, sustainable economic development, geographic information systems, environmental technologies, education and capacity building.


July 16th, 2011

Chair person: SHAO Feng, Vice Director General of Xinjiang EPB

  • Welcome by the Government of  Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of the PR China
    Erken-Tuniyaz (Vice-Governor of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region)  

  • Welcome by the City of Heidelberg
    Dr. Eckart Würzner
     (Lord Mayor of the City of Heidelberg, Germany) 

  • Welcome by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
    Dr. Martin Barth
    (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research,  Department 2.15 (Asia/Oceania))

  • Welcome by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the  Government of Xinjiang
    Prof. Dr. ZHANG Xiaolei
     (Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the  Government of Xinjiang) 

  • Welcome by Heidelberg University
    Prof. Dr. Kurt Roth
     (Director of the Institute for Environmental Physics  of Heidelberg University and former vice rector)

  • Introduction of Enterprises from Germany and China
    Dr. Thomas Sterr
      (Project Network Coordinator RECAST Urumqi, Department of Geography, Heidelberg University)   

Chair person: Prof. Dr. Günter Liesegang

  • ProMinent Fluid Controls in China
    Dr. HOU Ranjie
    (Managing Director ProMinent Fluid Controls (China) Co. Ltd; Dalian)

  • Presentation of the Technology Park Heidelberg     
    Dr. André Domin
     (Managing Director Technology Park  Heidelberg)   

  • An Introduction of the represented Enterprises from the Metropolitan Region of Rhine-Neckar and Urumqi Region
    Dr. Thomas Sterr (Project Network Coordinator “RECAST  Urumqi”, Department of Geography, Heidelberg University)

July 17th, 2011

Completion ceremony of Sino-Germanzero-discharge low-energy-consumption building demonstration project  of the comprehensive building
Comprehensive  building of the Urumqi Modern Facility Agriculture Science And Technology  Demonstrative Park (Shuixigou Township, Urumqi County)

Chair person: DING Xuefeng (Urumqi Construction Committee)

  • Introduction of  the project survey by the Xinjiang Productivity Promotion Center
  • Urumqi  Government grants a inscribed board of“zero-discharge” low-energy-consumption  building demonstration project of the comprehensive building in the Urumqi  Modern Facility Agriculture Science And Technology Demonstrative Park for  Xinjiang Productivity Promotion Center
  • German side  authenticates the “zero-discharge” low-energy-consumption building demonstrative  project of the comprehensive building in the Urumqi Modern  Facility Agriculture Science and Technology Demonstrative Park;
  • Speech by  German-side superintendent of the project team Bernd Franke
  • Speech by Director  of the Urumqi Municipal Government

Opening ceremony of Research Base for the Sino-German Cooperative Industry Energy Efficiency & Wastes Recycling, Zhongtai Chemical Company

Midong Industrial Park Dispatching Center of Xinjiang Huatai Heavy Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (branch of the Xinjiang Zhongtai Chemical Co.,    Ltd) 

Chair person: Director of Xinjiang EPD

  • Introduction of the leaders participating the opening ceremony.
  • Speech by General Manager of Zhongtai Chemical
  • Speech by Bernd Franke, the leader of the German side energy task group and the    Director of the Heidelberg Energy and Environment Institute
  • Unveiling of the nameplate
  • Visiting Zhongtai Chemical

July 18th, 2011

Field trip A: Energy

  1. Caochangxiang energy-saving building
  2. Ground source heat pump project
  3. Demonstration of the Urumqi Urban Planning

Field trip B: Biological product  companies

  1. CO&CO Xinjiang Tunhe Co., Ltd. Lycopene Plant
  2. Xinjiang Oriental Osman Cosmetic Co., Ltd. Manufacturing Plant

Workshop on Energy

Chair persons: Jiaerheng Ahati, Bernd Franke

  • Energy efficiency of building in Urumqi 
    DING Xuefeng (Construction  Committee of Urumqi City), TANG Hengzhi (Director  Dacheng Real Estate, Urumqi) and Christian Hennecke (GF Culturebridge  Architects Grünstadt/Beijing)
  • Presentation on Achievements of the Enerkey project in Johannesburg, South  Africa 
    Prof. Dr. Harold Annegarn (Univ. of Johannesburg, South  Africa)  and Dr. Ludger Eltrop (IER  Stuttgart, Project Coordinator “Enerkey”, Gauteng, South Africa)
  • Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine – a Network and its Achievements
    Stefan  Mironjuk (1st Deputy  Dir. Energy Efficient Cities, Lviv, Ukraine)
  • Increasing the Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection in the PVC  Industry in Xinjiang           
    Bernd  Franke/ LI Niu (Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Heidelberg)
  • Designing a Plan towards a Low-Carbon  Xinjiang
    WEI  Keke  (IFEU Heidelberg)
Open Discussion

July 19th, 2011

Seminar on recent developments in future  megacities

Chair  person: Dr. Thomas Sterr

  • Megacity development as a global challenge 
    Prof.  Dr. Eckart Ehlers

  • A Comparison of Waste Management in  Stuttgart and Addis Ababa   
    Dieter Steinbach
    (Project coordinator  IGNIS-Project Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

  • Contribution on Water Management      
    Dr. ZHU Yan
    (RECAST Urumqi, task group water, Heidelberg University)    

Seminar on education, capacity building and professional training

Chair person: ZHAO Chenxi (Vice-director of XJAEPS)

  • Confucius Institute 
    Dr. Klaus Grimm
    (Managing Director  of the Confucius Institute in Heidelberg and former Head of the German AHK  Shanghai and Beijing)

  • Sino-German Center for Research Promotion      
    Prof. ZHAO Miaogen
    (Vice director  Sino-German Center for Science Promotion), Beijing  

  • Vocational Training, SRH Hochschule Heidelberg     
    Prof. Dr. Udo Weis
    (SRH Hochschule  Heidelberg)

  • Introduction of Xinjiang Chemical Technician Training Institute

  • No. 8 Middle School “Sino-German students’ exchange on environment, experienced by a student”   

Business meets business

Organizer: Xinjiang DOC & EPD

Chair person: Dr. Klaus Grimm and Director of Xinjiang DOC

Free communication, providing the opportunity for the representatives from the German and Chinese companies to introduce their products, services and experience

Specific contributions from business representatives

Chair person: Prof. Dr. Günter Liesegang

  • Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar
    Bernd Kappenstein (Cluster Manager  Energy & Environment of the Metropolitan Region of Rhine-Neckar)

  • Representative of Urumqi-Midong Industrial Park

  • Hazardous Waste
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erwin Thomanetz
      (former head of hazardous waste at the Institute for Urban Water Supply and  Sanitation, Water Quality and Waste Management in Stuttgart)

  • Chinese waste management – development, constraints,  context related adaptation and experience
    JIAO Jian (XJAEPS), Dr. Werner Krause (IUWA) and Michael  Seyboth (Miguel Soft)

Chair person:  ZHANG Ming (XJAEPS)

  • Introduction of Xinjiang Zhongtai Chemical Co., Ltd.

  • Water management and infrastructure - experiences from Adana
    Dr. Horst Niemes (Consultant)   

  • Geoinformation and  geoinformation technology: Key factors for infrastructure management, economic  growth and sustainable development
    Hartmut Gündra (Managing director  GEOMER GmbH) 

Field Trips

  • Presentation  on cross-section landform and geographic features of Tianshan mountains by  Prof. ZHOU Kefa and Prof. LEI Jun (Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and  Geography, CAS).
  • Visit to the Goldwind  Science & Technology Co., Ltd.  and the TEBA Co.
  • Visit to Tianchi Landform  & Topography and Fukang Ecological Observation Station, CAS
  • Dabancheng  wind power generation plant, Turpan karez and irrigation system, Turpan Jiaohe  ancient city.
  • Hedong Sewage Treatment  Plant and Xishan Dapugou Refuse Landfill
  • Xinjiang Chemical Industry  School