Concrete Cooperation towards a Green Future The 4th East Asia Summit Clean Energy Forum Held in Shenzhen, China

On June 11-12, the 4th East Asia Summit Clean Energy Forum (EAS CEF) was held in Shenzhen, China with the theme of “Concrete Cooperation towards a Green Future: A Smart, Accessible, Sustainable and Advancing Regional Energy System”. Mr. Li Ye, Executive Director General of Regulation, National Energy Administration (NEA) of China, Mr. Wu You, Deputy Secretary-general of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government attended the Forum, and more than 300 energy and finance officials of over 30 countries or international organizations, experts and scholars and enterprise delegates participated the meeting.

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NEA Executive Director General of Regulation, Li Ye said in the opening remark that in recent years China and EAS countries have carried out in-depth and multi-discipline concrete cooperation in the energy sector and gained fruitful results. The EAS CEF under EAS mechanism is an important achievement of energy cooperation between China and EAS countries. China advocates the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration, and at the same time of making her own development achievements, by various cooperation forms actively contributing to the energy development both in East Asia and across the world. By strong promotion of energy transition and revolution, China has established the concept of “innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development”. The Government of China pays special attention to the renewable energy development and gives priority to its development of premium quality by issuing quite a few supportive measures and policies, thus gaining prominent achievements. The scale of installed capacity of renewable energy keeps expanding. By the end of 2018, China’s installed capacity of renewable energy power reached 728GW that accounted for about 38.3% of total installed capacity. The level of renewable energy utilization also increased. In 2018, China’s renewable energy output reached 1.87 trillion kWh and the total non-fossil energy output including nuclear power exceeded 2.2 trillion kWh that held a share of more than 30% of total power output. Now China has turned out to be the world largest producer and consumer of electric power generated by non-fossil energy.

Shenzhen Government Deputy Secretary-general Wu You said in the opening remark that the past nearly 40 years since the founding of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone has witnessed a miracle in the history of world industrialization, modernization and urbanization. In 2018 Shenzhen’s GDP exceeded CNY2.4 trillion with a year-on-year increase of 7.6% and ranked the fifth among all the Asian cities. Over the years, Shenzhen proactively promoted energy transition and efficient utilization of clean energy by improving clean energy infrastructure, relevant mechanism and policies and further consolidating the foundation of industry development. In 2018, Shenzhen’s GDP per CNY10,000 consumed 0.191 tons of standard coal, the installed capacity of clean energy accounted for 87% of its total installed capacity while the average intensity of PM2.5 was reduced to 26 micrograms per cubic meters. With a bluer sky, greener land and cleaner water, the city of Shenzhen becomes more harmonious, beautiful and livable.

Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said in the opening remark that East Asia is an important region of world energy production and consumption, and its action will definitely influence the global energy development path. To fulfill the commitments of sustainable development, respond to global climate change and build a future of green development, ASEAN+3 countries especially China have made excellent contributions to the technical innovations in all aspects of renewable energy. We are confident in the energy development prospect of East Asia. He emphasized that the UN Secretary-general recently made an important statement of energy transition to firmly support the objectives and blueprints of sustainable development of all countries with clarified future of transition and upgrading as well as sincere and trustful cooperation.

The opening speakers at the opening ceremony included Dr. Twarath Sutabutr, Inspector General of Ministry of Energy of Thailand, Dr. Khammany Inthirath, Minister of Energy and Mines of Laos, Dr. Ir. Saleh Abdurrahman M.Sc, Secretary-general of Indonesia National Energy Council, Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd.Azhar bin Hj.Yahaya, Secretary General of Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change of Malaysia, and Mr. Bi Yaxiong of China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd. After the opening ceremony, the keynote speech session of forum was chaired over by Mr. Peng Cheng, Deputy Director General of China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute (CREEI). The keynoters and their presentations included Converge New Driving Forces for Urban Green Development by Yu Jing, Deputy Director of Development and Reform Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, Renewable Energy Development in China by Dr. Zheng Sheng’an, Director General of CREEI, Transforming Social and Economic Landscape in Asia and Energy Sector Implications by Zhai Yongping, Chief of Energy Sector of Asia Development Bank, EAS Clean Energy Investment and Business Environment by Prof. Jun Arima, Senior Policy Fellow for Energy and Environment, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and etc.

The session of business dialogue is presided over by Yao Qiang, Vice President, Power Construction Corporation of China, and attended by Fan Yaliang, Deputy Director of Strategic Planning of China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd, Guo Ricai,  Consultant to China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co., Ltd (CET), Liu Min, President of ENN Energy Holdings Limited, Cao Hua, General Manager of Overseas Business of Chint Solar (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd, Komonchanh Phet Asa, Deputy Managing Director of EDL, Wong Kim Yin, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Power Group and Mr. Tawatchai Sumranwanich, Director of Generation and Transmission System Planning Division of Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and etc. They are focused on discussing “safeguard measures for clean energy layout and renewable energy portfolio”, “how to strengthen collaboration between equipment, investment and power grid companies to enhance regional green energy supply and consumption”, “market environment and policy guidance that the government may provide to enterprises for sustainable green development” and “opportunities and challenges to corporate investment, production and management due to rapid upgrading and replacement of energy technologies and applications”, etc.

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The EAS is an important event for the Asia-Pacific cooperation and plays a very important role in promoting economic development in the Asia-Pacific. The biennial EAS Clean Energy Forum is a forceful measure adopted to promote the revolution of energy supply and consumption as proposed by President Xi Jinping, and Premier Li Keqiang has repeatedly stressed ensuring continued success of the EAS Clean Energy Forum. The Forum consists of a main forum and 5 special sub-forums on smart city, green finance, regional energy cooperation and green governance, and new energy technology and energy access and is intended to facilitate practical cooperation and lay a good foundation for further building a smart, accessible, cross-border and sustained regional energy system.

The Forum is guided by the National Energy Administration and the ASEAN Secretariat and organized by the CREEI, China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd. and ASEAN Centre for Energy, with kind support from the Energy Bureau of Guangdong Province Development and Reform Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co., Ltd, ENN Energy Holdings Limited, Chint New Energy Development (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd. XJ Group Corporation, Green Finance Committee of China Society for Finance and Banking (GFC) and Power Construction Corporation of China as well as ASEAN member states and relevant countries, regions and international organizations.

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Participants are from China, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Australia, Finland, Russia, Ethiopia, ASEAN Centre for Energy, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Green Finance Committee of China Society for Finance and Banking (GFC), Energy and Environment, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, BloombergNEF, Bank of China, BNP Paribas, Export-Import Bank of China (EIBC), Morgan Stanley, Silk Road Fund Co., Ltd., Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), China Electric Power Research Institute and Symbior Solar, and etc. At the main forum and special sub-forums, they are engaged in in-depth communication and exchange to share outcomes and experiences and probe into the prospect of clean energy development.

(As provided by CREEI)