Shanghai Disneyland plans a ‘green’ future

The new Shanghai Disney Resort is installing a low carbon power source in a bid to be more environmentally friendly. The theme park in China which will open in 2015 […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The new Shanghai Disney Resort is installing a low carbon power source in a bid to be more environmentally friendly.

The theme park in China which will open in 2015 is installing a Combined Cooling, Heating Power Plant (CCHP). That is a gas-fired power facility which generates cooling and heating from engine waste heat and produces compressed air by self-generated electricity.

It will supply the resort’s daily heating, power and cooling needs and is expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60% and be three times more energy efficient than if it only used the grid.

Mike Crawford, General Manager for the resort said: “Shanghai Disney Resort has been devoted to seeking new technology and business solutions which reduce our impact on environment, save resources and promote sustainable technology.

“The CCHP project is an excellent example of partnership, localisation and Disney’s long-term commitment to environment protection. We are excited to be creating a world-class destination here in Shanghai to showcase environment friendly and leading Chinese and international technologies.”

The theme park (pictured, an artist’s representation) has a building budget of 24.5 billion yuan (£2.6bn) and an extra 4.5 billion yuan (£0.48bn) will be spent to build hotels and restaurants. Disney owns 43% of the property whilst the rest is held by state-controlled Shanghai Shendi Group.