The 4th ISCI World Congress was held on Sep 16 to 18 2010 in China Solar Valley of Dezhou. More than 2,900 government officials and outstanding persons in science, technology and business circles from 52 cities of over 50 countries and regions met here to share ideas and experiences on solar cities’ development, renewable energy technology research and development. The participants attending the congress agree upon and announce the following declaration:
We are convinced that climate change is one of the most significant challenges we are facing today. It is vital to address climate change, replace traditional energy, maintain and reinforce sustainable development in the utilisation of renewable energy which basically is represented by solar energy. A city pursuing sustainable development has the responsibility and also has the possibility to take an increasingly important role in further development and utilisation of renewable energy and popularisation of the products involved.
We are delighted to see that the idea of solar city is becoming more popular in seeking roads towards sustainable development. We are aware that many cities around the world have actively explored the utilisation and development of renewable energy. The solar energy cities movement launched by ISCI is more influential after the Congresses in Daegu, Oxford, Adelaide and Dezhou. In the short time of ISCI’s existence, it has achieved the goal of showing fast tracks to a sustainable future for mankind, with higher energy efficiency and maximum use of energy from renewable sources.
We observe that solar cities aim to achieve harmony between man and nature. They strive to produce and use solar energy as a renewable resource to the greatest possible extent. They bring about resource conservation, friendly environment, low carbon development, new energy utilisation, and good ecological environment. Solar cities make our life better and create a more beautiful future for mankind. Therefore, we call for more cities from the world to join in solar cities development, making great contributions to coping with climate change.
We believe that solar cities development is connected with many aspects like policies, laws, technology, economy and culture etc. City governments should play a leading role, scientific research should play a role of guidance, and industrial organisation should play a supporting role, whilst social organisations should act as a link. In order to promote solar city development, we commit ourselves to the following fields:
First, improving energy efficiency. Highlight energy conservation in the key areas of urban infrastructure, industry, construction, transportation and so on. Take effective measures to eliminate energy waste and improve energy use efficiency in all aspects of the energy system.
Second, developing renewable energy. Optimise the energy structure; especially make full use of renewable energy. Promote the industrialisation of renewable energy, combining technology R&D with commercial exploitation and industrial development, accelerating the application and dissemination of renewable energy. Encourage the development of new energy enterprises and constantly improve the investment and trade environment.
Third, realising low-carbon development. Carry out the concept of low carbon in urban planning, construction and management. Actively develop ecological industry and advocate green, environmental-protecting, energy-saving and low-carbon lifestyle and consumption patterns.
We reiterate that it is the aim of the International Solar Cities Initiative to carry out international cooperation between solar cities in the circles of politics, business, academics and research to promote the development of solar cities. Therefore it is our common commitment: First, cities participating in the Congress should establish a long-term exchange and cooperation mechanism to build information platform to share information, knowledge, and experience, exchanging and improving renewable energy policy. Cities participating in the Congress voluntarily should establish sister city relationship to enhance bilateral and multilateral investment, trade and technology cooperation through regular meetings, exchange visits, presence of offices and other ways. Cities should share experience, insight and performance with the common goal of sustainability all over the world, in such a way that creativity is challenged in finding the most suitable solutions for different climates and local circumstances. Funding from developed to developing countries should also be aimed at sharing and improving renewable energy technology and application.
Second, the communities of political, industry, academic and research participating in the Congress voluntarily establish mutually beneficial cooperation relationship to promote academic exchanges, technology research and development and industry alliances through interaction and cooperation between individuals and organisations in order to promote international cooperation in new energy technologies, education and talents training.
Third, ISCI is recommended to continue and reinforce its way by also absorbing more and more experts, scholars and city representatives from developing countries as collaborating partners. Also, it is recommended that ISCI in addition to being established in USA and Europe, establishes itself inAsia as well. China Solar Valley in Dezhou should be an ideal place for this.
At last, let us express cordial thanks to the organisers of the Congress: Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Ministry of Commerce, National Tourism Administration, State Energy Bureau, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, Shandong Provincial Government, Dezhou Municipal Government. We also thank ICLEI and ISES for the fruitful cooperation.
Thank you all!