China’s top university eyes major role in pollution reduction

BEIJING-- In line with 'Made in China 2025' vision, Tsinghua University's Tianjin Research Institute for Advanced Equipment (THTI) has committed to upgrade technologies that would reduce pollution particularly in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region.

THTI Dean Jianbin Luo told this group of journalists from China and South Asia and Southeast Asia Press Center (CSASEAPC) and Europe during a recent visit in THTI Research Centers of Tsinghua University, China's top university, in Tianjin City.

"In the year of Made in China 2025, our aim is to improve the level of technologies to reduce pollution and the cost of production rather than only to improve the scale of the output of manufacturing industry," Luo told the visiting journalists.

Luo said China has actually surpassed United States' output in the manufacturing industry but China's technologies "still lack of industrial values."

"China's manufacturing industry has also higher pollution compared to US, Germany as well as Japan," he said.

Luo said there are more manufacturing companies particularly steel producers which create pollution in some areas of the booming Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei economic region.

"We want to create our own products and industry that can reduce and replace those technologies that create pollution," he said.

He said Made in China 2025 has created big opportunities for the university's THTI to create more technologies that would put China at par with other leading manufacturing countries in the world.

"We want to make full use of this opportunity to create more inventors and entrepreneurs," he said.

During visit, the school officials toured the foreign and local media to the THTI's Research Centers to show some of the scientific and technological achievements including new technology that can reduce air and water pollution.

"We hope we can make contribution and optimization of Beijing-Tianjin and Hebei economic region,' he said.

Luo said Tsinghua University is raising RMB 1 to 2 billion (at least USD13.7 billion) for the industrialization and commercialization of the THTI products in line with China's 'Made in China 2025' target.

Launched in 2015, Made in China 2025 is the central government's first 10-year action plan designed to transform China from a manufacturing giant into a world manufacturing power.

Last Friday, Chinese President Xi Jingping encouraged the local officials of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei to take comprehensive measures to tackle problems such as air pollution as well as traffic jams, high housing prices and too large population.

The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region is being eyed a major growth engine for the national economy of China. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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