Canadian lumber being used in $2.5B Chinese eco-district project
June 9, 2017 – About 100 townhomes will be built in Tianjin, China’s Sino-Canadian Low-Carbon Eco-District using Canadian lumber.
Energy efficiency standards and clean technologies developed by Natural Resources Canada are also being implemented in the CAD$2.5-billion project.
Canadian wood product exports to China currently total $1.6 billion since 2002, according to Natural Resources Canada.
Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr, and China's vice-minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development Yi Jun met this week to reaffirm the two countries’ agreement to support the development of eco-cities in China using Canadian wood products and technology.
Carr visited the eco-district on Friday. "The eco-district in Tianjin is a remarkable testament to what can be achieved when international partners cooperate in the interest of promoting environmental best practices,” he said in a statement. “Canada is a proud participant in this ambitious project and will be happy to work with China to realize its goal of creating thriving green cities."
Natural Resources Canada said the project will help support jobs in Canada’s $22-billion forest industry by expanding market opportunities for Canadian wood products.
Currently, Canada’s wood products are exported globally to more than 140 countries.