Green energy: a China-Europe-Africa forum organized in Zhejiang province
In the face of climate change and fuel shortage, low-carbon and sustainable development has become the consensus of the international community. In response, between September 7 and 8, 2002, in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang, a forum was organized on the development of green energy between representatives from China, Europe and Africa.
The forum was organized by the China-EU Association and the Zhejiang Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, advised by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, organized by the Association People of Hangzhou for Friendship with Foreign Countries, COMMONWEAI Foundation of China. and StarTimes Group, and was held in a combination of online and offline formats.
More than 100 experts, dignitaries and scholars from China, Europe and Africa gathered in the east China city to discuss the potential roadmap for tackling climate change, green finance and carbon neutrality.
HE Siyabonga C. Cwele, Ambassador of South Africa to China, said, “We have a large amount of platinum. Platinum is the key to green hydrogen. Green hydrogen complements solar and wind. They increase penetration, especially in remote areas and so those are the things that we hope that shared companies, which have affordable modern technologies, can cooperate with our countries in Africa, not just South Africa, but all countries in Africa so that we can also be involved in this energy transition.”
HE Jacques Jean Luc Nyanga, Ambassador of the Republic of Congo to China, and HE Baba Ahmad Jidda, Ambassador of Nigeria to China, also shared their views on the current situation and prospects for green energy cooperation. .
Governments have also collaborated with the private sector, as energy-intensive businesses will impact transition efforts.
“Apart from hydropower, renewable energy generation such as wind, solar and geothermal power accounts for less than 4% of Africa’s current total electricity generation.” Pang Xinxing, Vice Chairman of the China-EU Association and Chairman of StarTimes Group, pointed out that Africa has superior innate conditions for the development of green energy, but the current potential is underexplored and that there is great potential for the future.
German engineering and technology firm Bosch said it aims to build 4,000 hydrogen fueling stations by 2030.
Some companies present at the event also presented their latest projects, such as a fishing-solar complementary energy project and integrated photovoltaics as a unique solution for residential roofs.