BCDA ties up with Swedish gov’t, firms to develop Clark Green City

By Kris M. Crismundo

MANILA, Nov. 16 (PNA) — The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has tied up with Swedish government-owned IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL) and two Swedish firms ElectriCITY and Xeric AB to develop and build the Clark Green City in Central Luzon.

BCDA and the three Swedish entities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday to explore potential collaborative opportunities in relation to sustainable urbanization, best practices in urban development, and providing business solution services in the development and growth of Clark Green City.

The three-year collaboration project of BCDA and the Swedish entities will also involve sustainable city planning, eco-governance, infrastructure and utilities, energy, clean technology, products, and solutions, information technology and smart development, sustainable resource management, waste management and recycling, and training and education, among others.

“We welcome IVL, ElectriCITY, and Xeric as the newest partners of the BCDA in the development of Clark Green City and look forward to a fruitful collaborative partnership through knowledge and technology transfer, research and development, and business investments,” said BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova.

IVL involves with developing environmental solutions both in national and international level.

ElectriCITY is a non-profit organization composed of big Swedish firms while Xeric provides business consultancy services for small and medium enterprises.

The Clark Green City is envisioned to be the country’s first smart, disaster-resilient and green metropolis upnorth. (PNA)