Taopu Town with the largest brownfield in Shanghai is undergoing comprehensive pollution treatment before building itself into an eco-friendly “smart city”.
Environmental protection is given priority in the town’s planning of industries. The Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences has been a consultant since 2015 and a number of soil treatment companies have been invited to remove heavy metals and chemical residues from derelict factory sites.
Taopu began to have factories in the 1950s and industrial production peaked in the 1980s with factory chimneys spewing smoke into the air. The town was heavily polluted and spent over 10 years cleaning up the mess.
Ugly warehouses and makeshift parking lots have become eyesores as express delivery services mushroomed. The town authorities have closed down 31 parcel distribution centers and relocated 500 warehousing enterprises to make room for “smart city” construction.