Chongming Island of Shanghai, located in at the mouth of the Yangtze River, is the third largest island in China and also the world’s largest alluvial island.
According to MITenergyChina:
“In the last 50 years, Chongming island has become the world’s largest alluvial island, doubling in size, due to eroding soil from deforestation washing down in the headwaters of the river Yangtze. Chongming has grown from 600 square kilometers in 1950 to 1,290 square kilometers today.”
It is an area targeted by the government for sustainable development projects, as the Han Zheng, Shanghai mayor said “Chongming Island is designed to build as an eco-island.”
This eco island also has the world’s first purpose-built eco-city – Dongtan in its east, as Greenbang reported in July.
Everyone wants a piece of this “green” pie – GE Energy has supplied 3 of its 1.5 MW wind turbines to Chongming Island, and now BP “is seeking opportunities for renewable energy projects such as biomass or wind power” in this area, as executive at BP’s China unit told Reuters last week.
“He (Anwar, vice president of BP China) predicted the renewable energy sector would double or triple in size, and ultimately contribute 10 to 15 percent of total energy production in China.
“This(Chongming Island) is the last major developing area in Shanghai,” Anwar said.”