Policy Meeting: EU-China Climate Collaboration in the Era of Poly-Crisis

  • Date
    19 December 2023
  • Beijing Time
    10:30 - 12:00
  • Location
  • Venue
  • Open to
    Stakeholders Only
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Out of the several high-level exchanges between EU and Chinese officials in the past months, climate once again emerged as an area where there was room, and indeed need, for bilateral cooperation. In the latest EU-China Summit, the EU called on China to join the Global Renewables and Energy Efficiency Pledge and the Global Methane Pledge. This topic was also discussed in the meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC Summit. In addition, both sides agreed to renew the EU-China Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Emissions Trading and on Circular Economy. In order to continue to identify areas of common interest, however, it is key to understand China’s current climate and energy landscape, both from a policy and market perspective. In addition, understanding how China engages in international cooperation in this area can be conducive to refining approaches.

The EU SME Centre and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China are pleased to invite stakeholders to join our upcoming Policy Meeting, where two experts will explore both China’s current energy landscape – with a focus on renewables – and also pathways for international engagement.

The meeting will be off-the-record and held under Chatham House rules. This is a closed meeting open to consortium partners’ management and relevant stakeholders of EU SME Centre Phase IV including European embassies, consulates, EU-funded projects and secretariat/board members from European chambers or business associations only.

How to Register

If you meet the criteria and would like to attend, please send your information to Ms Susana Xu before Monday 18 December COB.

Agenda (Beijing Time)

10:30 – 10:40

Opening Remarks
Zhonghua Xu, National Chair of Energy Working Group, European Chamber

10:40 – 11:05

Keynote Speech: Can China Sustain its Breakneck Pace of Renewable Development?
Sharon Feng, Managing Consultant, China Power Market, Wood Mackenzie

11:05 – 11:30

Keynote Speech: International Cooperation on Energy and Climate in an Era of Poly-Crisis
Kevin Tu, Managing Director, Agora Energy Transition China

11:30 – 12:00

Discussion and Q&A

Zhonghua Xu
National Chair of Energy Working Group, European Chamber; Vice President, Head of TotalEnergies R&D for Asia

Mr Zhonghua Xu has 20+ year-experience on R&D and projects development in university and international energy giants. His expertise covers materials, energy, chemicals, environment, microelectronics, etc. He has strong network with energy and chemical industry, international academic labs and public institutes, government. He understands well the challenge, opportunity and evolution of innovation for energy and chemical industry.

Sharon Feng
Managing Consultant, China Power Market, Wood Mackenzie

Sharon Feng leads Wood Mackenzie’s research coverage for China power and renewables. She helps clients to understand the latest market trends in China and grows China business with her market knowhow and expertise.  Sharon also manages the China power modeling and market analysis team and provides wider supports to renewables, gas, coal and other teams. Sharon has over ten years of market research and policy analysis experience in the China power and renewable energy sector.  Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Sharon was the Director of Research and Advisory Service of Azure International, where she provided renewable and power consulting services and decarbonization services for clients.  She has also worked for other international companies including General Electrics, Siemens, HSBC and American Chamber of Commerce South China. Sharon is also a student of the dual-degree EMBA program of Tsinghua-INSEAD. She holds a bachelor degree of International Business at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and a diploma of Finance at Peking University.

Kevin Tu
Managing Director, Agora Energy Transition China

Mr. Kevin Tu is the Managing Director of Agora Energy Transition China. He is also an adjunct professor at the School of Environment of Beijing Normal University, and a non-resident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri) and the Institute of Energy at Peking University.Prior to his affiliation with Agora, Kevin Tu served various key positions, including as China program manager at Paris-based International Energy Agency, director of China Energy & Climate Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC., partner at a Vancouver-based premier energy consulting firm, director of marine operations at China’s largest LPG importer and distributor, and construction project manager at Sinopec, a Chinese national oil company.Kevin Tu has more than two decades of solid experience in the energy and environmental fields as well as government affairs in Asia Pacific, North America and Europe. His research interests cover the full spectrum of energy issues including fossil fuel value chains, energy transitions, energy sector reforms, climate change, and corporate strategy & transformation, with a focus on EU-China relations and U.S.-China relations, and their implications for China’s energy & climate policies.

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