On April 10, Liu Zhenya, Chairman of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), Chairman of China Electricity Council and Member of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences attended the Session of "Advancing together the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals" during the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018 (BFA Annual Conference 2018), and delivered a speech on building Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) and promoting the sustainable development of humankind.
The world is facing four challenges: resource scarcity, environmental pollution, climate change and electricity consumption by the population without electricity, no countries can stand alone, but must stay together to overcome these changes with global vision, systematic thinking and innovative methods, said Liu. Building GEI can fundamentally solve these problems. Since China came up with the GEI initiative, it has received high praise and positive response from the international community including the United Nations, and been regarded as the core content of the goal of promoting the sustainable development of humankind. GEI, essentially "smart grid + UHV grid + clean energy", can accomplish "two replacements, one improvement and one restoration", i.e. replacing fossil fuels with clean alternatives, replacing energy with electricity, improving the level of human electrification and restoring the basic attribute of fossil fuels.
Liu noted that conditions have basically been met for building GEI. On November 1, 2017, the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization(GEIDCO) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs(UN DESA) jointly organized a high-level symposium at the UN headquarters, and released the Global Energy Interconnection Action Plan to Promote the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the recent International Global Energy Interconnection Conference, GEIDCO released Global Energy Interconnection Backbone Grid Roadmap, Global Energy Interconnection Development Index 2018 and other innovation results, to provide a package of schemes and roadmaps for GEI implementation. They are of great significance to promoting the transformation and sustainable development of global energy.