China, People's Republic of: Green Circular Economy Zero Waste Cities
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.
East Asia Department
Request for information
China, People's Republic of
- Water and other urban infrastructure and services
|Project Name||Green Circular Economy Zero Waste Cities|
|Country||China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
|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|
|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.|
|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|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|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|
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.
China Qinghai Provincial Finance Department
30 Huanghe Road, Xining, Qinghai
|Concept Clearance||16 Oct 2020|
|Fact Finding||22 Oct 2020 to 03 Nov 2020|
|Approval||27 Nov 2020|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||30 Mar 2021|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|27 Nov 2020||23 Dec 2020||23 Dec 2020||31 Jan 2023||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|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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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Green Circular Economy Zero Waste Cities: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Nov 2020|
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|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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