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Guangdong-UK Forum on Low-carbon Cooperation is Convened in Guangzhou


On Feb. 15th, a UK delegation led by Mr. Tim Yeo, chairman of the Special Committee of Energy and Climate Change of the British House of Commons, paid an official visit to Guangzhou. The Energy Strategy Research Center of Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Guangdong Academy of Social Sciences, and Sun Yat-Sen University jointly organized “ The Stage Achievement Report on SPF Project”, which aimed at introducing the explorations and progresses made by Guangdong province in seeking low-carbon development.

Prof. Daiqing Zhao, vice president of Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, delivered a keynote speech on the status-quo and progresses in low-carbon development in Guangdong and in its relevant basic research, especially elaborating on the achievements yielded in the fundamental research of low-carbon planning and regional carbon trading mechanism designing. Also during the meeting, prof. Xikang Zhao, director of the Environmental Economy and Policy Research Center of Guangdong Academy of Social Sciences, introduced the supervision and legal system for carbon emissions trading in Guangdong province, emphasizing on how to conduct supervision on carbon emissions trading under the framework of existing systems and mechanisms in China.

The UK delegation highly appreciated the accomplishments yielded by Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion in the field of low-carbon planning and carbon trading mechanism, while at the same time briefly introduced the establishment, operation, and supervision mode of carbon market in EU especially in UK, as well as the efforts exerted on carbon trading. Lastly, the two parties had a heated discussion on how to counter problems existing in carbon trading mechanism designing, how to improve incentive policies in low-carbon development, and how to perfect laws and regulations in carbon emissions trading. Both parties are seeking down-to-earth strategic cooperation with each other in low-carbon development.

Mr. Alastair Morgan, Consul General of the British Consulate General in Guangzhou, also attended the meeting.