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Construct Low Carbon Competitiveness in the Future-Introductory Advice for the Opening of the 3rd WEC

Date: Aug 10, 2010      Source: IEEPA      
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Few days ago, the Third WEC, with the subject of "Push forward Sustainable Development in China, Construct Future Competitiveness", held in Beijing, over 1000 guests and deputies attended the meeting.

The conference first received the congratulatory letter from Abulaiti, Vice-Chairman of CPPCC, and Jiang Zhenghua and Cheng Siwei, Deputy Director of the Ninth and Tenth Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, gave important lectures. At the same time, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) and World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) also gave support to the conference. Edward Clerence-Smith, representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in China, Mongolia, DPRK and ROK, also attended the conference. Aside from that, other guests participating in the summit are from United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Ministry of Housing, Transport and Environment of Maldives, National Energy Committee of Hungry, London Development Agency, Global Foundation (Australia), U.S. Energy Information Administration Research Center, EU Asia Strategic Center, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Wind Energy Association, Green-Peace Organization of the World, Japanese Solar Energy Society, Oxfam Hong Kong, Goldman Sachs Group, JPMorgan Chase & Co, the United States Embassy in China, Canada Embassy in China, Turkey Embassy in China, Mexico Embassy in China and so on. Leaders from the National People's Congress (NPC), CPPCC, State Council also attended the meeting. Shen Longhai, Chairman of Energy Conservation Steering Committee of IEEPA, hosted the opening ceremony.

Currently, the major nations are making positive efforts in achieving global economic recovery. At the same time, the development of emerging industries in the field of energy conservation, environmental protection and new energy has aroused great concern. Some words like climate change, low carbon economy are gradually popular and are widely used. China has gained the fastest growth in terms of new economic investment in the globe. According to People's Bank of China, China has become the world's second-largest economy, providing not only power for economic recovery, but new development space for overseas enterprises in China. However, new opportunity also means new challenge, whether the concept of low carbon is just putting on a show? How to analyze the different low-carbon understanding between developed countries and developing ones? Concerning the above questions, especially in terms of how China will keep up economic growth, construct green and ecological society, transform mode, upgrade industry, develop low-carbon economy, the guests carried out hot discussion in the conference.

How to construct the low-carbon development mode in China, as the main subject and introductory advice for the conference, have drawn the attention and obtained the advices of leading experts and scholars like Wang Maolin, Advisor of World Economic and Environmental Conference, former Deputy Chief of Law Committee of the Standing Committee of the 10th National People's Congress, Zhang Qiong, Deputy Chief of the Committee for Social and Legal Affairs of CPPCC, Deputy Chief of Legal Affairs Office of the State Council, He Jiankun, Deputy Chief of National Climate Change Committee, Deputy Chief of School Council of Tsinghua University, Chief of Low Carbon Energy Laboratory, Edward Clerence-Smith, representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Mohammed Aslam, Minister of the National Housing and Environment Ministry of Maldives, Wei Jianguo, former Minister of the Ministry of Commerce, Secretary-General of China Center for International Economic Exchanges, Liu Yanhua, former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Counselor of the State Council, Long Longshu, former Vice President of Chinese Academy of Social Science, Vice Chairman of China Society of Urban Economy, Robert Taylor, Chief Energy Expert of the World Bank and so on.

We shall develop the low carbon economy with Chinese characteristics, and avoid blindly competing with western developed countries, and avoid slowing down the economic development for the sake of low carbon, said Wang Maolin;

We shall vigorously develop renewable energy and advanced nuclear power technology, promote energy substitution, upgrade energy structure, which serves as fundamental strategic choice for long-term green and low-carbon development, indicated He Jiankun, the new investment by new energy and energy-efficiency technology will become new economic growth point, and low carbon energy and intelligent grid system will become two emerging strategic industries, he added;

In the course of pushing on green development strategy, the execution is equally as important as government's policy making, and private sector played the backbone role in this regard, said Edward Clerence-Smith;

In the face of global climate change, we shall firmly push on technological innovation, the key factor of renovation and development in China lies in science and technology, as well as mature business mode, indicated Liu Yanhua, the practical question for low carbon development covered incomplete technology transfer mechanism, difficult to measure by uniform technical standard, unable to spread and apply new technology in an effective way, added she;

The low carbon development in China needs administrative means, and needs a development system integrating all resources and forces to promote clean technology development on the enterprise level, said Robert Taylor.

Wei Jianguo, as the Chairman of Main Forum, presided the dialogue and discussion concerning global economic acceleration and the revolution of China as emerging economy.

The conference was sponsored and organized by International Energy Conservation Environmental Protection Association(IEEPA), and co-organized or with sub-forum organized by World Wind Energy Association, China Society of Urban Economy, London Development Agency, ICC China, China Petroleum & Petrochemical Equipment Industry Association and so on. The conference set two-day agenda, eight parts for discussion. The conference was sponsored and organized by International Energy Conservation Environmental Protection Association(IEEPA), and co-organized or with sub-forum organized by World Wind Energy Association, China Society of Urban Economy, London Development Agency, ICC China, China Petroleum & Petrochemical Equipment Industry Association and so on. The conference set two-day agenda, eight parts for discussion. The conference, through relevant subjects and its platform function, invited deputies and guests all over the world to carry out mutual communication, share experience, guided peoples from all walks of life to consider the questions like China's low carbon development, economic and social changes and so on, playing a positive role in enhancing international cooperation, industry transformation, scientific innovation, improving regional economic development, pushing on China to transform to economic development mode with green, ecological, low-carbon features.

Other members of presidum include Ahmed Latheef, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Embassy of the Maldives in China, Cai Esheng, Vice Chairman of China Banking Regulatory Commission, Gyula Fazekas, Minister of the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in China, Peter Bidy, head of London Development Agency (LDA), Joseph Strayer, Chairman of the National Science Energy Committee of Hungary, Steve Howard, Chairman and Secretary-General of Australia Global Foundation, Peter Thong, Chairman of British Chambers of Commerce, Tanay SidkiUyar, Vice Chairman of World Wind Energy Association, etc.

On July 28, Jon Li, Secretary-General of the Organizing Committee of the conference, made an address of welcome. Numerous guests at home and abroad attended the dinner and watched the performance program with Chinese local characteristics. At the same time, the Organizing Committee and IEEPA announced "2010 Beijing Declaration".

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