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Top Talk I: Economic Situation & the Driving Force of Global Innovation in Low-Carbon Developmen

On January 30th, 2015, Top Talk I ¡°Economic Situation & the Driving Force of Global Energy and Low-Carbon Innovation¡± was held during the World Economic and Environmental Conference (WEC) Annual Meeting on Green and Low-Carbon Transformational Development themed ¡°idea takes the lead in low-carbon reform and innovation facilitates green development¡±.

Guests present include Guy Saint-Jacques, Canadian Ambassador to China, John Edwards, Coordinator of FAO, He Ken, Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee of the 11th NPC, Li Junru, President of the Overseas Chinese Federation for Organs Directly under the Authority of the CPC Central Committee and Former Vice President of the Central Party School, Ge Zhirong, Academician of the State Council and Former Deputy Director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, Chen quansheng, Academician of the State Council, Seeram Ramakrishna, Vice President of the National University of Singapore and Li Jun, President of the Beijing Siji Micoe Solar Technology Group Co. Ltd. Jiang Kejun, Director of the Energy System and Market Analysis Research Center of the Energy Research Institute of National Development and Reform Commission plays the host.

According to He Ken, Deputy Director of the Finance Committee of the 11th NPC, development lies in the core of green and clean development. We should not pay too much attention to China¡¯s total economic volume, taking up the second place in the world. Importance of growth should also be placed on quality of economic growth. Currently, China ranks 86th among 181 countries and regions according to surveys provided by international organizations in per capita GDP with per capita income ranking 89th. So China still needs development. However, development transformation is of necessity. Prominence should be given to technology and science advancement rather than resources and labor.

As Li Junru, President of the Overseas Chinese Federation for Organs Directly under the Authority of the CPC Central Committee and Former Vice President of the Central Party School mentioned, green cultural concepts ought to be introduced. It is of urgency to transform ¡°black market economy¡± fueled by iron and steel, coal and oil into ¡°green market economy¡± featuring appropriate energy mix.

Chen Quansheng, Counselor of the State Council and Former Director of the Department of Traffic Trade Studies of the State Council Research Office, said that energy conservation belongs to the economic sector, that is to say economic discipline should be abided by. With more potential for energy conservation and emission reduction, the market in the field will be more developed. Market potential for energy conservation should be fully tapped to bring both benefits to enterprises and advance efforts for environmental protection.

According to Guy Saint-Jacques, Canadian Ambassador to China, Canada has achieved good results in carbon capture and sequestration. Last year, new technology is introduced for the first time in a coal-fueled power plant in which most carbon dioxide is captured. Canada hopes that such an equipment can be introduced to China. Besides, there are also some enterprises engaging in waste water treatment and clean technology. Canada will make efforts to introduce these market opportunities to Chinese SMEs to help resolve relevant issues. For that Ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques is optimistic.

Ge Zhirong, Councilor of the State Council and Former Deputy Director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said that quality is inseparable to green development. President Xi referred to ¡°three transformations¡±: transformation from speed to quality, from manufacturing to innovation and from products to branding. We should enter into an era of quality. If all of us can put quality first rather than speed, then green development can be realized after years of efforts.

According to Li Jun, President of the Beijing Siji Micoe Solar Technology Group Co. Ltd, as a representative of the enterprise, I¡¯m very glad to hear leaders talking about green energy development under the ¡°new normal¡± of economy. There are huge development opportunities for energy conservation and environmental protection enterprises. As a manufacturing enterprise engaging in solar power utilization, two steps should be taken to lead sustained development of green and low-carbon economy. First, we should adhere to technical innovation; second, we should upgrade our industry. At the same time, we have proposed development strategies concerning sun, air and water utilization industries. By meeting people¡¯s demand for green and renewable energy through diversified industrial upgrading in solar power utilization, green and low-carbon development in our society can be realized gradually.

WEC
Appraisal

Climate change is one of the most severe challenges humanity faces in the 21th century. WEC, founded in 2008, aims at advocating various countries to transform towards a green ecological development mode, cooperating with all walks of life, to jointly respond to climate change and deteriorating environmental problems in the course of human activities and economic development, via joint efforts and WEC platform, actively perform environmental protection mission and responsibility, and pay more contributions to economic transformation and low-carbon development.

-- Abulaiti Abudurexiti, Vice Chairman of 11th CPPCCC National Committee

The non-governmental "International Carbon-Value Award" was highly appraised by Mr. Ma Shengrong, who thought the appraisals have successfully push out numerous outstanding domestic and overseas companies in the first three appraisal activities. Green and low-carbon development need more widespread attention and public participation. Through case sharing, the award will serve as an effective way to improve social awareness, enhance media and public participation.

-- Ma Shengrong, former Vice President of Xinhua News Agency

Low-carbon development is not only a global revolution involving mode of production, life style, concept of values, national interest and human fate, but also a necessary choice for global economy transforming from high carbon energy source to low-carbon one.

-- Nicholas Stern, Former World Bank Chief Economist

The de-greening of the world is the most pressing issue facing mankind today. Every year many thousands of living species are destroyed, never to return to our globe. It is incumbent on the world to devise effective practical means to halt this destruction. This must be done not by grandiose declarations, but by providing appropriate incentives. I wish the fourth World Economic and Environmental Conference the best of success in addressing these challenging and difficult problems.

-- Robert J.Aumann, Nobel Laureate in economics

Thank you for inviting me to attend the WEC Annual Meeting on Green and Low Carbon TransformationalDevelopment. I particularly enjoy the opportunity to participate as a panelist in the forum title:�Economic Situation & the Driving Force of Global Innovation of Energy and Low-Carbon�.I amencouraged by the great amount of attention that China is placing on environmental protection and the increasing momentum towards green development. Canada and China enjoy a long history of cooperation on the environment and I look forward to future collaboration.

-- Guy Saint-Jacques, Ambassador of Canada to China

As a major power and the world’s biggest economy, China has an important role to play in ensuring a healthy world. By a healthy world�I mean, a green, low-carbon world where people’s need for development and prosperity does not at the expense of environmental degradation. China is an important partner for small island states such as Maldives—and the positive steps taken by China in global environmental diplomacy is much welcome. We have one world to live in and share and together we can prefect it.

-- Mohamed Faisal, Ambassador of Maldives

Through case sharing, more global enterprises can learn how to get hold of development chance and handling method in the process of environment protection and addressing climatic change challenge.

-- Terry Townshend, Deputy Secretary General (Policy) of GLOBE International

Capacity-building in the green and low-carbon fashion is a part of soft power. Future global economic competition is greatly embodied by that takes green and low-carbon technology and products as a kernel. Any one who has the courage to be an innovator will definitely take the lead in the economic growth. The best way to develop green and low-carbon economy is to combine innovation and market demand, domestic and foreign resources with policy guidance and support orientation. The setup of international carbon-value award aims to set a banner of green and low-carbon development for different industries, encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to become the best players. The award is also an effective social tool to keep an eye on enterprises' exploration of green and low-carbon practice."

-- Jon Li, IEEPA Secretary General

I do think that China is implementing a number of very interesting initiatives on low carbon development and I do hope that the results of this implementation will be very substantive and contribute to global sustainable development.

-- Stefanos Fotiou, Senior Regional Coordinator Resource Efficiency, United Nations Environment Programme

I have been visiting China regularly for many years. I witnessed the rapid economic and social development, industrialization, and urbanization of China. Such rapid progress inevitably comes with impact on the environment. Recognizing this, in recent years China has been investing on clean energy and clean environment developments than any other country in the world. hese are strategic to ensure sustainable development of China and the globalized world. Sustainable development challenges and solutions such as smart cities, energy efficiency, transportation, waste as a resource, and water resources management are diverse, and a global platform is needed to share evolving knowledge and best practices. IEEPA is excellently bridging the Chinese experts and the international experts from around the world, and also recognizing the individuals and organizations that made stellar contributions to the sustainable development.

-- Seeram Ramakrishna, Vice President of National University of Singapore, Director Expert of IEEPA Expert Committee

"The right policy goals exist, now it is about public understanding, implementation and monitoring ...especially in the rural areas qualified personnel is needed for these tasks. The relation of SUSTAINABLE economic development and currently necessary sacrifices should be communicated on all levels...

-- Stephanie Christmann-Budian, Senior Scientist and Representative for China Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Member of IEEPA Expert Committee

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