Energy Foundation China, together with GIZ and the Society of Automotive Engineers of China (SAE-China), hosted the "Third Forum on Technologies & Policies for Transportation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reduction" in Beijing on November 21st 2014, with the theme of “Promoting electric vehicles, what else should we do?" More than one hundred participants took part in the conference, including government officials from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Ministry of Transportation (MOT), National Standards Committee, experts and researchers from local research institutes, representatives from international organizations such as ClimateWorks, the International Council of Clean Transportation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, World Resources Institute, Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation, Argonne National Lab, University of California, Davis, and delegates from the automobile industry.
After welcoming remarks by Wang Jiansheng, president of Energy Foundation China, Qu Guochun, deputy director-general of MIIT, Zhang Jinhua, secretary-general of SAE-China, and Christian Hochfeld, senior-advisor at GIZ, delivered opening speeches. Mr. Qu Guochun introduced the history, current status, and future direction of new energy vehicle policy in China. Zhang Jinhua and Christian Hochfeld shared their thoughts on how to promote technological breakthroughs, strengthen policy guidance, and deepen international cooperation.
Experts shared research findings and policy recommendations on electric vehicles, electric power supply scenarios, the development status of batteries, financial and non-incentive policies, life-cycle environmental analyses of EV development, and charging infrastructures. Presentations were given by Tsinghua University, the Energy Research Institute of NDRC, China Automotive Technology and Research Center, the Institute of Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Research Institute of Highway of MOT, GIZ, International Council on Clean Transportation, Beijing New Energy Vehicles Promotion Center, Shanghai International Automobile City, and the State Grid Electric Power Research Institute.
To end the forum, Mr. Zhang Jinhua summarized the discussion and identified the following five items as the most important tasks ahead: deepening research on the effects of EV development on environment and energy; improving research on incentive and constraining policies, especially non-financial incentive measures; enhancing planning and policy design for charging infrastructures; strengthening the technical and economic evaluation of EV demonstration programs and guiding consumer markets; and enhancing the comprehensive supervision of EV promotion as a whole.