26 September 2016

Chinese Energy Innovation – Going out to Europe

Location Sino-German Center for Research Promotion (SGC), Beijing
Beginning 13:30  Ending 17:30

The Dahrendorf Forum together with Yicai Research Institute (第一财经研究院) is delighted to present this workshop on China Energy Innovation, bringing together a group of 10-15 European and Chinese experts from the business, academic and political sectors.

Expansion of renewable energy and technological innovation towards more energy efficiency are a core goal of the 21st century in both China and the European Union. In the context of the first workshop panel Solar and Wind Power: FDI and Technology Cooperation representatives from Chinese wind and solar industries, and a European expert will discuss both drivers and hindrances for Chinese companies to enter the European market as well as factors determining location choices. Significant time will be given to the audience to elaborate on their thoughts. Where do you see potential to increase cooperation?

The second panel Institutional Change Needed to Upscale Renewable Power will focus on the institutional needs to better support both renewable energy in China and natural gas as potential complementary power sources to balance renewable energy generation. In order to dramatically increase renewable power distribution within China, the government has to find a solution for balancing the variability in solar and wind power generation and for increasing its reliability in a distributed system. Due to its lower emissions, when compared to conventional fuels such as coal and oil, natural gas could fill this gap. But to facilitate this kind of Chinese energy transition, several policy and institutional barriers have to be overcome. The aim of this second panel is to explore ways of Chinese-European cooperation and mutual learning.

The workshop will follow a demand-driven approach: participants are encouraged to fill in a preparation survey. The questions will identify the participants’ main interests, which will then be woven into the workshop structure and, subsequently, be fed into the European policy debate.

The workshop is co-organized by the Yicai Research Institute and the Dahrendorf Forum – Debating Europe. Yicai Research Institute is a Chinese Think Tank providing core expertise in economic and energy policy analysis. The Dahrendorf Forum is a joint initiative by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and Stiftung Mercator aiming at providing research and open debate on Europe’s relations with the world.

Venue: Sino-German Center for Research Promotion (SGC), Shuangqing Lu 83, 100085 Beijing

Time: 13:30 – 17:30

Attendance by invitation only.

If you have any questions please contact:

Dr. Olivia Gippner (o.gippner@lse.ac.uk) or Wiebke Rabe (rabe@hertie-school.org)