China, People's Republic of: Green Circular Economy Zero Waste Cities

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54065-001

The Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC), with the National Development and Reform Commission, Qinghai Provincial Government, and Guangdong Provincial Government, has requested a knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to develop policy and capacity, technical guidance, and design of pilots to further advance and enable mainstreaming of green circular economy, zero waste cities in the PRC. The TA will have four outputs related to (i) advanced upstream circular production; (ii) downstream improved waste management and resource recovery; (iii) midstream improved packaging and logistics addressing growing waste from e-commerce; and (iv) build institutional capacity and linking upstream, midstream, and downstream into a circular system.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Rau, Stefan
    East Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    China, People's Republic of
  • Sector
    • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
Project Name Green Circular Economy Zero Waste Cities
Project Number 54065-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6617-PRC: Green Circular Economy Zero Waste Cities
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 667,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban sanitation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC), with the National Development and Reform Commission, Qinghai Provincial Government, and Guangdong Provincial Government, has requested a knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to develop policy and capacity, technical guidance, and design of pilots to further advance and enable mainstreaming of green circular economy, zero waste cities in the PRC. The TA will have four outputs related to (i) advanced upstream circular production; (ii) downstream improved waste management and resource recovery; (iii) midstream improved packaging and logistics addressing growing waste from e-commerce; and (iv) build institutional capacity and linking upstream, midstream, and downstream into a circular system.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The increasing amount of natural resources demand and consumption in the current linear economic model of "take-make-waste" along with continued urban and economic growth and increased well-being often associated with unsustainable consumption behavior are key challenges to a sustainable, low-carbon, and climate-resilient development, both in the PRC and around the world. Implementation of a holistic strategy of a green circular economy creating complete economic and product lifecycles and accounting for environmental and social costs are urgently needed. This is due to inefficient and wasteful upstream production, inadequate midstream packaging and logistics management, and weak downstream solid waste management. It will lead to massive increases of waste and environmental pollution. Products and processes need to internalize external costs, optimize natural resource use efficiency, and eventually eliminate the idea that anything is considered waste altogether.

Some research from 2016 suggests that the PRC requires 2.5 kilograms of materials to generate $1.0 of gross domestic product compared with 0.5 kilogram in Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development countries. PRC solid waste production is forecasted by research in 2012 to reach 897.0 million metric tons per year by 2025. The rise of e-commerce packaging waste contributed to the overall increase of municipal solid waste in the PRC. This coincides with a growing urban population and economic growth associated with expected increase in demand for products and resources, while natural resources become more scarce. During the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, e-commerce and medical single use plastics increased significantly compared to the same period in 2019.

Impact Green development and ecological civlization in the PRC achieved
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Green circular economy zero waste cities in the PRC enabled
Progress Toward Outcome Progress towards the outcome will be reviewed in 2023.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Green circular industrial production plan of Qinghai Province advanced

Zero municipal waste action plan for Guangdong Province developed

Green circular e-commerce packaging and logistics pilot program for the PRC developed

Capacity and institutions to implement green circular economy in the PRC enhanced

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Consultant recruitment is underway.
Geographical Location Nation-wide, Qinghai
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. To deliver the expected outputs, a total of 36 person-months (8 person-months, international; 28 person-months, national) of consulting inputs are required.
Responsible ADB Officer Rau, Stefan
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban and Social Sectors Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Guangdong Provincial Finance Department
11th Floor, No. 26 Cangbian Road, Guangzhou
Guangdong Province, 510030, PRC
National Development and Reform Commission
No. 38 South Yuetan St.
Beijing 100824
China
Qinghai Provincial Finance Department
30 Huanghe Road, Xining, Qinghai
Timetable
Concept Clearance 16 Oct 2020
Fact Finding 22 Oct 2020 to 03 Nov 2020
MRM -
Approval 27 Nov 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2021

TA 6617-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Nov 2020 23 Dec 2020 23 Dec 2020 31 Jan 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
667,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 667,000.00 07 Sep 2021 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Municipal solid waste recycling and zero waste city specialist (DTL 2) Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Jun 2021 11 Jun 2021
Capacity development specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Jun 2021 07 Jun 2021
Recycling and urban mining business model specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2021 24 Mar 2021
Regional and local circular economy development specialist (DTL 3) Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2021 24 Mar 2021
Circular economy institutional and business model specialist (Team Leader) Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2021 24 Mar 2021
Lifecycle analysis and circular production specialist (DTL 1) Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2021 24 Mar 2021
Waste characterization and segregation specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2021 24 Mar 2021
Circular economy business model specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2021 24 Mar 2021
Green packaging and logistics specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2021 24 Mar 2021
Lifecycle analysis and circular production specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2021 24 Mar 2021
Industry and consumer goods production green supply chain specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2021 07 Apr 2021
Municipal solid waste recycling and zero waste city specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2021 24 Mar 2021
Industry production and energy specialist (conservation and renewables) Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2021 24 Mar 2021
Circular economy institutional specialist and TA coordinator (DTL 4) Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021

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