Sustainable development the focus at international forum

The 2016 International Forum on Energy Transitions is taking place from Oct 29 to 31 in Tongli of Suzhou city, Jiangsu province, and according to the organizers it will play a vital role in boosting China’s sustainable development and energy transition in the future.

Xi Jinping, president of the country, said that fossil fuels should be replaced by non-fossilenergy by the end of the century to save the environment.

During China’s 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15), the electrical energy generated by non-fossilsources increased from 19 percent to 27.8 percent of the total energy produced.

The installed power capacity of hydropower, nuclear, wind and solar have increased by 1.4, 2.6, 4 and 168 times respectively.

The country will continue to increase its non-fossil energy consumption during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20).

The forum, held by the National Energy Administration, Jiangsu provincial government andthe International Renewable Energy Agency, will highlight clean energy, sustainable policiesand the future of energy transitions.

At the keynote speech and round table discussion on Oct 29, international and Chineseexperts and entrepreneurs will give insights and advice on strategic targets, institutionalmechanisms and future technology trends.

The opening ceremony will start with a video clip on Sunday, showing the history of anddriving forces behind the energy transition, and the key roles of governments andentrepreneurs. During their respective speeches, experts and entrepreneurs from around theworld will discuss and promote future energy systems, energy transformation through gridinterconnection, energy transition policies and comprehensive practices, and innovation andcooperation in fossil energy. Enterprises are often viewed as the most dynamic element inenergy transformation. To achieve the country’s energy-saving goals, energy enterprisesshould make corresponding changes in various areas, from marketing to technologicaldevelopment.

Yin Jijun, general manager of State Grid Jiangsu Electric Power Company, said that energytransition requires not only new technologies, but also changes in various aspects of society, including people’s attitudes and efforts.

“We should treat these goals seriously to benefit our environment and our children,” said Yin.

The transition will affect different industries in different ways, with both challenges andopportunities for each. The roundtable event invites executives from various energy fields todiscuss new challenges in industrial development. Eight sub-forums will be held on Oct 31, including Future Power Industry, Clean and Low-carbon Development of Fossil Energy, andRenewable Energy: Innovative Development, along with Effective System-Wide Coordination.

Rainer Baake, state secretary at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energyand Christian Pilgaard Zinglersen, deputy permanent secretary at the Danish Ministry ofEnergy, Utilities and Climate, will introduce their experiences for international energytransitions.

Source: Sustainable development the focus at international forum – Chinadaily.com.cn

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