Wastewater project in Ji`nan, China


China is the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide. Water scarcity, lack of awareness of global warming effects and health threats represent a huge challenge in the country. The air in many cities is dangerous to breathe, the water is toxic and there are often food health scares


The PPP scheme in China between China Everbright Group and the state authority in wastewater treatment was achieved through the TOT (Transfer-Operate-Transfer) Arrangement in 2006, BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) scheme in 2008, BOO (Build-Own-Operate) in 2010, BOT in 2012, 2014 and JV in 2016. The project was financed by the Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Mizuho Bank

SDG Impact:

SDG 6: 2 billion tons of wastewater was treated

SDG 9: Better infrastructure on wastewater that was able to process 30.2 million tons of waste

SDG 11: Restored eco-systems in the area with sustainable infrastructure

SDG 12: Responsible consumption that is achieved by reusable water and wastewater and allows to fulfil the annual electricity consumption of 8.25 million households

SDG 13: improvement of the environment as a result of saving 3.96 million tons of standard coal, reduction of CO2 emission by 11.6 million tons and the prevention of 1.29 billion trees from being cut down

SDG 17: PPP for wastewater in the Ji’Nan region

Compliance with UNECE People-first PPP criteria:

The Project:

  • Protected the environment by promoting a greener economy, controlling pollution;
  • Built resilience in infrastructure on climate change and against natural resources; and increased access of essential services


This case study aspires to be People-first Public-Private Partnerships project and is published as received from the proponents.