Resource-Conserving Cities

  • Lingfeng KangEmail author
  • Youyi Zhao
Part of the Research Series on the Chinese Dream and China’s Development Path book series (RSCDCDP)


A resource-conserving city takes comprehensive measures to improve resource utilization in production, distribution, and consumption to maximize economic and social benefits using minimal resources and to achieve sustainable socioeconomic development. This new urban development concept emphasizes the needs of current and future urban development through reduced resource consumption and improved resource utilization and by ensuring urban economic efficiency and people’s quality of life. A resource-conserving city requires sustainable socioeconomic development and harmony between humanity and nature achieved by prioritizing resource conservation over resource exploitation and by shifting the traditional economic growth and consumption patterns to optimize resource and energy allocation. A resource-conserving city seeks maximum production output with minimum input, improved production efficiency and product quality, and reduced natural resource consumption per unit of output. It reduces dependency on resources and obtains greater benefits whenever possible and as long as certain consumption requirements are met. A resource-conserving city establishes a virtuous circle between production and consumption and a demand-oriented production mechanism. It aims to lower resource consumption, reduce environmental pollution, and accumulate socioeconomic benefits. All production, consumption, and distribution activities must be geared toward maximizing efficiency or effectiveness, which requires careful utilization of the limited resources.


Resource Conservation Circular Economy Fuzzy Comprehensive Evaluation Assessment Metrics Improve Resource Utilization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lanzhou City UniversityLanzhouChina

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