Mr. Liu Zhenya, Chairman of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) and the China Electricity Council (CEC), met with ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer and WBCSD President Peter Bakker to discuss major issues concerning Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) and the sustainable development of world energy during his visit to Switzerland. Important consensus has been reached.
Mr. Liu Zhenya introduced the concept of GEI. He said that it was inevitable to construct GEI and form a new clean energy-dominant and electricity-centric pattern for energy development with global allocation to realize energy reform and sustainable development and it bore a great significance to solve environmental pollution, cope with climate change, realize sustained and safe energy supply and alter the life and production style for the mankind. Liu leveraged the examples of northeast Asia power interconnection, south Asia power interconnection and power transmission from Africa to Europe to illustrate GEI’s huge potential. Regarding topics and issues of technology, economy and politics, opinions were exchanged for further in-depth cooperation.
Mr. Ulrich Spiesshofer fully agreed to the strategic concept of GEI and highly affirmed the importance of UHV technology and its role in GEI and clean development. He said, as a council member of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), ABB hoped to deepen cooperation with GEIDCO in technological research and exchange and equipment development to promote the construction of demonstration projects and promote the development of GEI. ABB’s senior vice presidents and specialists attended the meeting, introducing the company’s progress in the research of DC transmission, submarine cables, and high-capacity semiconductor and discussing the future trend and main research areas.
Mr. Peter Bakker spoke highly of the strategy of GEI and the achievement so far. As WBCSD’s goal and concept is the same with GEIDCO regarding climate change and clean development promotion, and GEI and two replacements are by far the most systematic and most pragmatic solutions, he said WBCSD looked forward to take the cooperation into the next level for promoting GEI. Both sides also had in-depth discussion on how to introduce GEI concept to the public and its implementation and strengthening international cooperation.
Representatives from GEIDCO’s General Office, Economic and Technological Research Institute and EU Representative Office, as well as SGCC’s Department of Science and Technology also attended the meetings.