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The eco-cities of China-
can they teach us a
Peter .R. Head - OBE - FREng - FCGI- FRSA
19 th November 2008
2. The emerging vision of an
ecological civilisation and
eco-cities in China
3. Guidelines for a transition to
the ecological age
4. Transition to the ecological
age in developed
economies like Europe’s
The shrinking earth, the need to move away from the
Industrial Age model of development to scientific
Can we move towards a sustainable
way of living?
What policies and investments are needed
in low, middle and high income countries?
What is the role of science and technology
in leading this transition to an Ecological Age?
Our Shrinking Earth
1900 1950 1987 2005 2030 2050
7.91 5.15 2.60 2.02 1.69 1.44
Hectares of Land Per Capita
Ecological Footprint city comparisons
USA 9 global hectares per
1.8 global hectares Western Europe 6 global
hectares per person
China 1.6 global hectares per
Oil Reserves Have Peaked
Energy Watch Group. “Crude Oil: The Supply Outlook”. EWG-Series No3/2007 October 2007.
the mitigation challenge:
global ‘energy hunger’