Officials discuss energy transition and low-carbon development

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In the context of the “dual carbon” goal, how should China plan its energy development strategy and control the pace of the energy transformation? How to manage the short and long-term plans, as well as sort out the relationship between safety, economic development and the need to move to cleaner sources of energy, in order to seek an optimal solution taking multiple objectives into account?

At the 2022 Global Energy Transition Forum held on Sept 17, a number of ministries and commissions put forward policy suggestions and analysis on hot topics related to the green and low-carbon transformation and development of China’s energy industry.

Green and low-carbon energy development is the key to achieving China’s “dual carbon” goal, said Huang Runqiu, minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

“On the one hand, we should firmly control the consumption of fossil energy, properly control the growth of coal consumption, and improve the clean and efficient use of coal. On the other hand, we will accelerate the construction of a new type of power system centering around new energy resources, and actively, prudently and orderly develop hydropower and nuclear power,” Huang said.

“The worldwide energy supply in the past two years has been tight, which warns us that we must promote energy transformation on the premise of ensuring energy security,” said Zhang Jianhua, director of the National Energy Administration.

Zhang said that the administration will actively promote the development of green energy consumption models such as low-carbon transportation, and actively explore new ways to replace fossil fuels such as hydrogen, methanol and ammonia. It also plans to drive the comprehensive green transformation of production methods through the upgrading of the energy consumption system.

“The current global energy crisis highlights the urgency of energy transition and higher energy efficiency,” said Chen Jining, deputy Party secretary and mayor of Beijing.

Beijing will continue to adjust its energy structure, Chen said. In accordance with the idea of ​​“energy saving, coal purification, gas and oil reduction”, the city will promote the electrification of energy end-use consumption and strictly control the total consumption of fossil fuels.