In a bid to reduce pollution and noxious environmental impacts, China has broken ground on a project many had imagined could only exist in a utopia: a forest city. Set to boast a population of 30,000 people, the Forest City in Liuzhou will be covered in greenery of colossal scale. Overall, the 175-hectare city carved into the Chinese countryside and forest will be the largest in the world.
Once finished, the city will hold over a million plants and trees with a capacity to absorb 10,000 tons of CO2 and produce 900 tons of oxygen every year. Furthermore, the city’s greenery will also be expected to take out over 57 tons of harmful pollutants, both airborne and ground-borne. This will be the only city to be able to boast it creates little to no carbon footprint, and that it might even produce a negative one, as it will be processing way more emissions than it creates, essentially serving as large man-made carbon sink.
On top of this, the city will be fully self-sufficient and run on renewable energy, namely geothermal and solar energy — It will be the only city of its’ kind upon completion in 2020. Additionally, it is expected that this Forest City will be able to improve several environmental factors, including but not limited to: improving average air temperature, improving the local air quality, reduce all types of pollution, generate a wide range of habitats for local wildlife and improving the region’s biodiversity.
Although many believe that going green means sacrificing your lifestyle and creature comforts, the Chinese project shows that this is certainly not the case. The city will have full electrical wiring and similar urban zoning that you would expect to see from a modern city – commercial, residential, hospitals, schools, police force… Essentially proving that an environmental approach doesn’t require what some would describe as returning to the Stone Age. Far from that.
In accordance with its marriage of environment and technology, all transportation structures in the Forest City will be electric. From the use of electric cars by its citizens to its’ fast rail connection to the nearby Liuzhou, the entire network will emit little to no noxious emissions. The project is very popular in China, with many there and around the world keeping an eye on it, with the country expected to produce more of such sustainable cities should the first one be a success.