CSEP Holds 15th Senior Policy Advisory Council - Meeting Summary

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CSEP Holds 15th Senior Policy Advisory Council - Meeting Summary

 
Meeting Summary of the China Sustainable Energy Program 15th Senior Policy Advisory Council Meeting—"Scaling up Renewable Energy"
On November 16, 2012, The China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) of the Energy Foundation hosted the fifteenth meeting of the Senior Policy Advisory Council (PAC). The half-day meeting was held in Beijing and attracted nearly 170 participants, including leaders and experts from:

Environmental and Resources Protection Committee (ERPC) of the National People's Congress (NPC)
National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)
National Energy Administration (NEA)
Ministry of Science and Technology (MST)
Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP)
Ministry of Transport
Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD)
Development Research Center (DRC) of the State Council
State Electricity Regulatory Commission,
Standard Administration of the PRC
Tsinghua University
China National Renewable Energy Center (CNREC).
In attendance were also members of PAC, Dialogue Partners of CSEP, Board of Directors members of major funding agencies of the Energy Foundation, and Foundation members themselves.

The moderator of the meeting was Colburn S. Wilbur, chairman of PAC. Chen Jining, president of Tsinghua University, was introduced as a new member of PAC. Chen Jiachang, vice director-general of the Department of High and New Technology Development and Industrialization of MST; Li Junfeng, Director of National Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation Center (NCSC); and Fang Li, Vice Director of Foreign Economic Cooperation Office, MEP, were also introduced as new members of the Dialogue Partners group. We were honored to have Xu Kuangdi, former Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and former president of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), to deliver the opening remarks. Mr. Xu noted that China has, for the first time, lifted ecological development to a higher strategic level. Ecological development is one of the "five-in-one" development areas detailed in the Report of the 18th CPC National Congress. These areas comprise of economic, political, cultural, ecological and social development. Mr. Xu spoke highly of CSEP and what it has achieved in recent years. He reaffirmed the guiding role played by PAC and expressed his appreciation to funders for their continued support for sustainable development in China.

The meeting was divided into two sessions. The first session was the Launch Ceremony of the China Research Program for High Penetration of Renewable Energy Development by 2050. This research project is a key research project supported by CSEP and is designed to explore ways of achieving high penetration of renewable energy to meet energy demands by 2050. The purpose of this meeting was also to launch the project.

We were honored to have Liu Qi, Vice Director General of the NEA, deliver a keynote speech on "Renewable Energy Development, A Key Strategy for Sustainable Economic Growth" Mr. Liu said that China values the development of renewable energy and has achieved a lot in the areas of hydro power, wind power, photovoltaic power, and other sources of renewable energy. Domestic and international practices indicate that China will surely have to develop renewable energy down the line. The support given by the Energy Foundation to research on high penetration of renewable energy is significant. He also gave advice on research areas and content. This was followed by Sam Baldwin, Chief Science Officer of US Department of Energy. Mr. Baldwin gave a speech on "US Renewable Electricity Futures", where he discussed computational models, scenario setups, resources and technology of renewable energy, computation, cost, and the environmental impact of different renewable energy scenarios in the U.S. He was followed by Rebecca Collyer, Deputy Director of the Power Program of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), who gave a speech on "Roadmap 2050: a Practical Guide to a prosperous Low Carbon Europe". In this speech, Ms. Collyer discussed the results of research supported by ECF and efforts made by the European Union in renewable energy. Finally, Wang Zhongying, Deputy Director General of the NDRC's Energy Research Institute and Director of the CNREC, gave a speech on "China 2050 High Renewable Energy Penetration Scenario and Roadmap Study". Mr. Wang introduced the project's background, research methods, expected results, organization, and implementation. Experts at the meeting used the speeches given by various speakers as the basis for vigorous discussion and offered constructive feedback.

The theme of the second session was "CSEP's 2012 Work Report and 2013 Focus." Lin Jiang, Senior Vice President of Energy Foundation, and Chairman of CSEP, delivered the "CSEP 2012 Work Report" which elaborated on the status, results, and challenges of CSEP over the past year and included opinions and suggestions by distinguished guests. Wang Guangtao, Chairman of the Environmental and Resources Protection Committee of the NPC, introduced the Turpan New Energy Demonstration Program and made several suggestions for promoting high penetration of renewable energy in China. Participants reaffirmed accomplishments of CSEP and suggested more design areas be supported by CSEP.

The achievements of CSEP over the past twelve years would have been impossible without the guidance and support of the PAC and Dialogue Partners. The annual meeting has become an important platform for giving updates on projects, and receiving input from PAC members. This year's event included fruitful discussions on promoting the high penetration of renewable energy in China, whch will immensely help guide CSEP to identify its next step and improve our project implementation

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