Datong is a coal-centric city. The city government has been promoting the reuse of industrial waste by introducing “Bulk Solid Waste Base” projects that encourage cooperation between the coal industry and the chemical, power and steel industries through industrial symbiosis. While the base provides a modality in resource circularity, the city needs further support in connecting to innovative technical solutions compared to conventional end-of-life approaches. Datong joined the GCCC in 2019 with the aim to learn more about green growth, especially from peer cities having gone through the coal-transition phase.
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