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In less than a month, 2013 China Zhejiang Import Goods Expo, themed on “Ningbo—entrance of Import Goods for China, will open in Ningbo. For the great potential of the import market in Ningbo, the Expo hosted by the city has attracted a large number of export companies from over 30 countries and regions including Germany. So far, the 890 exhibition stalls for the fair have all been ordered out.
Based on the advantageous position in marine resources and well-developed manufacturing industry, the Ningbo Municipal Government has drawn up a plan to accelerate the development of import market clusters during the 10th Five-Year Plan period. From a related meeting, it is learned that Ningbo will give full play to the advantages of the areas of special regulation in customs like Ningbo Free Trade Zone and Ningbo Meishan Bonded Zone and take an active part in fostering a cluster of import markets and in particular, the markets of plastic products, chemical materials, nonferrous and precious metals, steel products, automobile service, and middle-grade and high-grade consumption goods.
Ningbo is witnessing a steady increase in the import trade of staple commodity. In 2012, Ningbo Free Trade Zone had each of the volumes of business for liquid chemicals, coal, steel and recycling resources, exceeding 10 billion yuan. In Ningbo Free Trade Zone, the total turnover of the four major markets of metal products, solid chemical products, and coal products exceeded 100 billion yuan. In the first quarter in 2003, the import of coal at Ningbo port was 2,812,000 tons, valuing 230 million RMB, an increase of 210% and 81.3% respectively. In this regard, Ningbo is in the front row of ports in China.
With its favorable geographical position in the Yangtze River Delta, Ningbo has a great potential for imported consumer goods. According to statistics from Ningbo Customs, in the first three months this year, the import of consumer goods is worth 140 million RMB, up by 12.4% year on year and 10.3 points higher than the same period in the previous year. So far, Ningbo has formed import markets for wine, olive oil, dairy products, snack foods and so on. Ningbo Free Trade Zone has 280 companies for food import and the volume of the import of wines so far this year adds up to 3,060,000 liters, worth 13.93 million USD. For this, Ningbo Free Trade Zone ranks among the top ten in China.
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This year, for the first time, the Department of History offered a Nottingham Advantage Award (NAA) module which focused on mentoring Ningbo students. Over the last few years the department has run a successful mentoring programme for students who arrive in Nottingham from the Ningbo campus. They are matched with a Nottingham student volunteer, who acts as a friendly face, a point of contact and someone who can answer questions about academic life and British culture.
This year we decided to offer mentors an opportunity to take their mentoring skills to the next level and to participate in a NAA module. The NAA is an employability scheme and the modules included in this award help students to develop key skills in relation to personal development and employability.
The Department would like to congratulate those who successfully completed the module. Many thanks also to all the mentors who made a significant contribution to the student experience in the Department of History. The department plans to build upon this success – please look out for more information about our exciting plans for next year.
NINGBO, China, May 19 (Xinhua) — Thailand held off a late challenge from Puerto Rico to secure its second victory at the Beilun International Women’s Volleyball Tournament here on Sunday.
Thailand, who beat Cuba in five sets and lost 3-0 to China earlier at the four-team competition, defeated Puerto Rico 25-17, 25-16, 26-24 in one hour 13 minutes.
Outside hitter Sittirak Onuma scored game-high 17 points for Thailand, including 13 kills, and Thinkaow Pleumjit contributed 14 points. Karina Ocasio led Puerto Rico with 10 points.
“Congratulations to my girls on their better performance than yesterday. Hopefully, we will do better next week,” said Thailand coach R Kiattipong.
Thailand started well, going into the first technical timeout 8-2 ahead, but Puerto Rico replied with a 7-0 run to overtake the lead at 9-8. Onuma then hit an arsenal of spikes to the middle, corner and the front row of the Puerto Rican side to help Thailand pull away at the second TTO, 16-12, and take the set.
Displaying solid floor defence and quick attack, the Thais breezed through the second set with minimal fuss.
Puerto Rico’s defence was more settled at the start of the third set and even when they got blocked, they managed to get the ball back in play for another chance to attack. When 17-12 up, Puerto Rico looked set to pull one set back, but Thailand then regained their rhythm to get closer.
Trailing 24-23, Pleumjit spiked for Thailand to make it 24-all before she delivered two ace service in a row to close out the set and the match.
Later on Sunday, China face Cuba in the last match of the tournament. The four teams will move next week to Shenzhen, in south China, for the second leg of the invitational tournament.
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The proposed CDTA is a timely response to the government’s request for ADB’s assistance to support the Low-Carbon Pilot City Program in the PRC. The CDTA supports the PRC’s 12th plan objectives of decoupling the economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions through demonstration and deployment of innovative low-carbon technologies and urban environment improvement. This is also in line with ADB’s country partnership strategy for the PRC (2011-2015) with emphasis on promoting environmentally sustainable growth, PPPs, and SME development in low-carbon economic sectors. The TA concept paper is also aligned with MOF and NDRC’s priorities for developing innovative financing mechanism to further stimulate energy efficiency and renewable/clean energy investments through market-based mechanisms.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Energy intensity reduction has been a major initiative by the Government of the PRC to address environmental and climate change impact from the rapidly growing fossil-fuel-based economy. During the Eleventh Five-Year Plan (2006-2010), it achieved a reduction of about 19.2% in its energy intensity. The Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) mandates further 16% reduction in energy intensity. The government has backed up the target by well directed financial and policy incentives
to stimulate investments in energy efficiency improvement. Inspite of impressive progress during the 11th plan, the dominance of energy-intensive industries, such as iron and steel in the PRC pose tougher challenges to achieve the 12th plan targets. The concentration of these industries, in close proximity to population clusters, has also resulted in the deterioration of urban environment quality and poor air quality. Although the eastern coastal provinces, such as Jiangsu province, has recently and successfully promoted high-tech industries and service sector, greater challenges remain for low-carbon industrial and urban development strategies to weaken and delink the future economic growth from increased energy consumption and carbon emissions. Ningbo city, located in Zhejiang province with a population of 7.5 million, is one of the major coastal cities in the PRC with high-tech manufacturing industries and financial sector. Its manufacturing industry is dominated by petrochemical industry and high-tech industries, such as precision machinery and information technology equipment. Inspite of the presence of these advanced industries, Ningbo also has a large number of traditional industries, some of which are still using obsolete and inefficient technologies, in particular, the SMEs due to limited access to debt-financing which has inhibited their ability to invest in more efficient technologies. To enhance its low-carbon development efforts, Ningbo city has established the Office of Climate Change Mitigation, and commenced the preparation of Low-Carbon Development Action Plan in 2012. The Ningbo municipal government (NMG) is keen to incorporate market-based instruments to provide incentives to promote private sector investments to complement the public sector investments in the clean energy sector, and in particular, in industrial energy efficiency improvement under the proposed action plan. Given ADB’s extensive involvement in promoting industrial energy efficiency improvement through lending and nonlending operations as well as supporting the establishment of emission trading markets in Tianjin and Shanghai, NMG has sought ADB’s assistance in identifying key actions and policies to be initiated under the Low Carbon Development Action Plan to promote industrial energy efficiency and increasing the utilization of renewable energy in Ningbo city. As in other parts of the PRC, the efforts to promote energy conservation and renewable energy development in Ningbo city were driven primarily by administrative measures targeting large enterprises, such as the “Key Enterprise Program”, where enterprises having an energy consumption of more than 100,000 tons of coal equivalent (tce) were obliged to commit to a set of energy efficiency improvement measures. Under the 12th plan, NMG has decided to widen the target enterprises by lowering the threshold for targeting enterprises that consumes more than 3,000 tce. In addition, concerted efforts are also needed to promote energy conservation in commercial and residential buildings, public facilities, and in the provision of urban services, such as heating and water supply. This would require a large number of SMEs to undertake significant investments in energy efficiency improvement. In addition to the SME sector, there are opportunities for significant energy saving opportunities by optimizing the energy consumption in industrial parks in Ningbo city. There is a lack of understanding of the energy saving potential in different industrial sectors and especially in the SME sector. The proposed CDTA will assist the NMG in establishing a database of energy consumption per unit of industrial production for each industrial enterprise and establishing a benchmark on energy consumption for different types of industries based on national and international norms. This would enable NMG to introduce targeted incentives and market-based instruments, such as energy efficiency trading and emission trading to achieve the desired efficiency improvements. The CDTA would also identify technologies and industrial processes to achieve the benchmark energy efficiency levels and assist NMG in establishing a technology transfer mechanism through technology providers, such as energy service companies (ESCOs). The SMEs are further discouraged by restricted access to debt-financing for investing in energy efficiency. The ESCOs, which has the technical expertise to implement energy efficiency projects, are particularly suited to implement these projects in the SME sector without burdening the host companies in terms of procurement of equipment and mobilizing financing. However, ESCOs in the PRC are relatively small companies without large balance sheets and has faced difficulties in raising the requisite investment funds. As ESCOs are rewarded based on the energy savings achieved, the cash flows are subject to technical performance risk and credit worthiness of the host companies. As a result, the commercial banks are generally reluctant to provide debt-financing to ESCOs without recourse to credit guarantees or adequate collateral. The proposed CDTA will make recommendation to establish a dedicated financing platform to mobilize financing for energy efficiency projects implemented by ESCOs and SMEs. Moreover, Ningbo has excellent prospects for the utilization of renewable energy to meet the local energy needs and to de-carbonize its energy supply. The solar photovoltaic as well as the solar thermal technologies has the potential to make a significant contribution to meeting the electricity and thermal energy requirement of residential and public buildings. In addition, there is an untapped potential for further increasing the use of renewable energy sources, such as biomass and municipal solid waste for electricity generation and heat production in urban areas. The use of heat pumps to extract shallow-ground geothermal energy has the potential to replace coal boilers in urban heat supply systems. However, the integration of distributed energy sources based on a range of renewable energy technologies posses a number of technical, institutional, and financial challenges to the provincial authorities. The investment models to be adopted for mobilizing investments in large numbers of relatively small-scale renewable energy projects would be radically different from a state-owned enterprise led approach deployed in the past in developing large-scale power plants, including wind power in the PRC. It would also be necessary to create an enabling environment by introducing appropriate policy incentives through a transparent regulatory regime, feed-in tariffs, and tax incentives to attract investments from the private sector. The proposed CDTA will review the current policy incentives and institutional framework for promoting private sector investments in distributed renewable energy. The proposed CDTA is designed to address the critical capacity gaps of NMG in designing and implementing a low-carbon development strategy through targeted package of policy, regulations, and financial incentives for promoting industrial energy efficiency and accelerate distributed renewable energy generation. The policy makers in NMG lack expertise to design appropriate regulations and incentives to stimulate private sector investments in energy efficiency.
Reduced carbon emissions and energy consumption in Ningbo city
Description of Outcome
NMG adopts a comprehensive strategy to mobilize investments in energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy
Description of Project Outputs
Assess market potential for industrial energy efficiency improvement and identify technologies and policy incentives to promote investments in industrial energy efficiency Recommend strategies and institutional structures to promote private investments in distributed renewable energy Develop innovative financial products that can overcome barriers for clean energy investments Strengthen capacity of government agencies, financial institutions, and potential investors in encouraging private sector investments in clean energy projects and in using innovative financial products developed under the CDTA
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Lang Ping, the new head coach of the Chinese women’s volleyball team, gives instructions before the match against Porto Rico at the 2013 China International Women’s Volleyball Tournament held in Ningbo, East China’s Zhejiang province, May 17, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua]
NINGBO - The Chinese women’s volleyball team beat Puerto Rico in straight sets in East China’s Ningbo on Friday in their first match since Lang Ping took over as the head coach.
The Chinese team, which was formed last week, proved a class above their opponents and won the match 25-12, 25-20, 25-14 in just one hour and 11 minutes at the Beilun International Volleyball Tournament.
Outside hitter Yin Na was China’s top scorer with 12 points, and captain Hui Ruoqi added 11 points. Karina Ocasio led Puerto Rico in scoring with 12 points.
Puerto Rico was given a hard time in the first set as China showed a clear edge at the net. The Puerto Ricans put up more of a fight in the second set as they improved in floor defence. Withcaptain Yarimar Rosa effective in attack, Puerto Rico briefly held a two-point lead at 13-11. Butas the game progressed, China shut down Puerto Rico’s hitters and finished the set 25-20.
The third set started as a close battle until the teams were locked at 4-4. But China then won 10 unanswered points to pull away soon. Trailing 24-13, Puerto Rico staved off a match point before Li Jing spiked to close out the set and the match for China.
“We made a lot of preparations for the game. As you know, our team started training together just a week ago. I had told my players to relax and reduce errors during the match. On the whole, I think, the Chinese team played at normal level,” said Lang Ping, who was appointed to coach the Chinese national team last month.
China will face Thailand on Saturday, while Puerto Rico meet Cuba.
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Tianyi Square in China’s Ningbo
Located in the Ningbo City Center, Tianyi Square is the city’s biggest square with an area of 193,000 square meters, 32 percent of which are the green belts. As the one-stop shopping, entertainment and commercial plaza, it is known as the ‘Business Aircraft Carrier of Ningbo’ and ‘name card’ of the city.
Completed in 2001, the square was co-designed by the Ningbo Architectural Institute and a U.S. architectural designing agency. The square’s main architectural structures are building complexes with a touch of European flavor.
With various shops, department stores and supermarkets, the square provides tourists with a pleasant paradise for relaxing.[bbs.fengniao]