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published: 12/1/2011
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Chinese Vice Premier Li visits BRE Innovation Park

China’s Vice Premier Li Keqiang completed his four day visit to the UK by visiting the BRE Innovation Park in Watford, Hertfordshire earlier today.

Chinese delegation in BRE Innovation Park

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (c) pictured with BRE Chief Executive Peter Bonfield (l) and Business Secretary Vince Cable (r) at the centre of the BRE Innovation Park, Watford

Accompanied by the Business Secretary Vince Cable, and a selection of Chinese Government Ministers and officials, the Vice Premier was given a tour of BRE's groundbreaking demonstration park featuring some of the world's most sustainable buildings and homes.

The Vice Premier toured three of the twelve buildings on the park - the net zero carbon Barratt Green House, the UK manufactured, recycled steel Cub House and the BRE Victorian Terrace which features a range of materials and technologies used to improve the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of existing homes.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

"The UK is already a world leader in many low carbon goods and services. We are changing the way the world thinks about carbon, from our proactive regulatory environment and carbon reporting through to collaboration and accountability throughout the supply chain.

"This is nowhere more evident than in the construction sector where sustainability is at its heart. BRE Innovation Park is a great example of what can be achieved in low carbon and I am delighted to bring Vice-Premier Li to this centre of excellence."

Vice Premier Li, who is widely expected to succeed Wen Jiabao as China's Premier in two years has been visiting the UK with the aim of strengthening political and economic ties between the two nations.  

Dr Peter Bonfield, Chief Executive of BRE, said "It was an honour to host Vice Premier Li at BRE today. He was impressed by what he saw here and this is a very positive endorsement of the work of BRE and our park partners. We hope the visit will open up new opportunities for us in China, particularly on the new low-carbon city developments currently being planned and constructed. We also hope the visit will encourage more Chinese companies to get involved with what we are doing here.'


For further information contact Linda McKeown, tel 01923 664569, email mckeownl@bre.co.uk

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