The launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has given China’s infrastructure construction industry a broader space for development, said China Communications Construction Company’s Deputy General Manager Chen Zhong.

Beijing is making progress on a number of fronts in terms of the globalisation of Chinese standards, he told the state-run CTGN news channel.

[What] we insist is the promotion of China’s cutting-edge technology – including that of the company – to go global. This includes ports, highways, bridges, railways and urban development, and a series of infrastructure projects that have raised the standard of living for ordinary people.”

While promoting the relevant infrastructure, he said the company’s projects are also assisting the client countries in strengthen their standard systems, especially those BRI countries that don’t have good standard systems.

In addition, Chen said the firm, which is among China’s largest port, highway and bridge design and construction companies, has been able to cut its energy consumption by 950,000 tonnes of standard coal. 

The company achieved a reduction in carbon emissions of around 1.28 million tonnes by upgrading its technology and equipment.

“We have taken necessary steps to transform the entire industry chain and life cycle into one that is green and low-carbon,” he added.

The CCCC executive said the firm is focusing on the layout of emerging industries that are green, low-carbon, and environmentally friendly, such as comprehensive river basin management, ecological restoration, and offshore wind power. 

“We have supported more than 50 percent of the front-end design and construction of China’s offshore wind power. We have contributed positively to upgrading equipment and formulating standards,” he stated.

(Writing by P Deol; Editing by Anoop Menon)