The 23rd Forum on Carbon Neutrality and Green Developmentfeatured contributions on China’s path toward carbon neutrality, sustainable development, green energy policies, and international best practices.
The 23rd Forum on Carbon Neutrality and Green Development was hosted by the Municipal People’s Government of Beijing and the Chinese Association of Science and Technology on 27 July. It featured multiple contributions on China’s path toward carbon neutrality, sustainable development, green energy policies, and international best practices. More than 160 experts and guests onsite were joined by about 5000 delegates who joined online.
The opening ceremony of the forum was hosted by LI Chunhong, Secretary-General of the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, and featured two speeches by the Deputy Secretary General of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, Mr LIU Yinchun, and the Deputy Director-General of the Climate Change Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), Mr JIANG Zhaoli.
The first keynote was given by Mr JIN Yong, Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, who spoke about China’s 2060 carbon neutrality goal.
It was then Mr XUE Yong, Professor of Mining and Technology at the China University, who held a presentation on the progress of research in the field of “Integrated Sky Ground Monitoring of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Methane”.
Next on stage was Mr LIU Xinping, Director of the Sustainability Division at the General Planning Department of the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. He spoke on the sustainable development and implementation of the games which are to take place in February next year.
ZHANG Xinrong, Professor of the College of Engineering at Beijing University, then contributed analysis on the resource utilization of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
Dr. Alexander FISHER, director of the Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change from the GIZ Representative Office in China, then presented findings on the German carbon neutralization experience. In his speech, he elaborated on the finance policies utilized by government to support the power sector’s green transition and presented local best practices from the municipalities of Hamburg and Berlin.
Dr. FISHER’s speech was followed by a keynote by BP’s Chief Economist, Mr Spencer DALE, on the outlook of the energy transition worldwide.
Finally, the forum hosted a panel discussion moderated by Mr ZHAN Jianyu, Executive Dean of the Belt and Road Green Development Initiative Research Institute, on the International Dialogue on Technological Innovation for Carbon Neutrality. The panel was joined by Professor JIN Yong, Professor ZHANG Xinrong, and Director Liu XINPING, as well as by Mr WANG Weinkang, the WWF Climate and Energy Project Director, and Mr JIANG Boya, Climate Lawyer and Representative of ClientEarth.