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EF China and Qinghai Sign MOU on Clean Energy Cooperation

On November 27, 2021, Zou Ji, CEO and President of Energy Foundation China (EF China), was invited to attend the 2021 “Belt and Road” Clean Energy Development Forum in Xining City, Qinghai Province. On the sidelines of the forum, Zou Ji and Li Jiexiang, Qinghai’s Executive Vice Governor and a member of the province’s Party Standing Committee signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Cooperation between Qinghai Provincial People’s Government and Energy Foundation China for 2021–2025, witnessed by Xin Changxing, the province’s Governor and Deputy Party Secretary. One of the largest provinces in China with a land area bigger than France, the northwestern province of six million people boasts abundant renewable resources. Clean energy power generation accounted for 89 percent of the province’s total power generation in 2020, according to official statistics. It made the headlines worldwide in 2016, when the province run 100 percent on renewable energy for a week in June.

The two parties entered into a five-year MOU on November 27, 2021.
Photo by Zhou Feng

In the next five years, EF China and Qinghai plan to jointly promote research on carbon emissions reductions and a development strategy for the province, agianst the backdrop of China’s 2030 carbon peaking and 2060 carbon neutrality goals. Through policy analysis and pilot demonstration projects by research institutions, the two parties will also explore how to address key issues facing Qinghai’s low carbon economy, including higher renewables penetration, the balance between local electricity consumption within Qinghai and long-distance transmission to other provinces, clean heating with renewable energy, co-control of air quality and climate change, incentives for a green and low carbon economy, and a potential international cooperation platform on these issues.

EF China and Qinghai representatives shaking hands at the MOU signing ceremony on November 27, 2001.
Photo by Zhou Feng

Known for its rich water, solar, and wind power resources, Qinghai is a pioneer in developing and utilizing renewable energy: exploitable resources here are up to 3500 gigawatts (GW) for solar energy and 75.55 GW for wind energy; its lithium resources of salt lakes account for 71 percent of China’s total reserves, or 30 percent of the world’s total; the province’s hot rocks resources are equivalent to 630 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent; and land that can be used for clean energy development here reach more than 100,000 square kilometers. With China’s carbon neutrality vision, Qinghai is expected to emerge as a large-scale renewable energy production and exporting center for China.

Through technical support, EF China aims to help build Qinghai as a national demonstration province for clean energy, a comprehensive pilot for the ongoing energy revolution, and a hub for clean energy industries. We hope these efforts will help put the province onto a trajectory of achieving carbon goals with an eco-friendly, low carbon, and innovation-driven economy.


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