On July 27, 2018, Liu Zhenya, Chairman of GEIDCO, Chairman of China Electricity Council(CEC) and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) visited Ms. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC Secretariat at its headquarter in Bonn, Germany. The two sides conducted in-depth exchanges with important consensus reached on accelerating the development of Global Energy Interconnection (GEI), promoting the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and actively responding to climate change.
Liu Zhenya pointed out, climate change is a common challenge for all mankind. The core of addressing climate change rests in clean development. GEI offers a fundamental solution to climate change. As a modern energy system that supports extensive development, allocation and use of clean energy resources worldwide, GEI provides a technically feasible, economically competitive, statistically traceable, highly operational and transparent systematic solution for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Liu Zhenya elaborated on the advantage and feasibility of GEI from various aspects, including technology, economy and politics. He pointed out that the development of GEI can effectively meet the challenges of resource constraint, environmental pollution, climate change and universal power access. While meeting the energy demands, it can help achieve the goal of clean development and emission reduction, which aims to control the global temperature rise within 2°C and preferably within 1.5 °C by the end of the century. GEIDCO is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with the UNFCCC secretariat, deepen the research on GEI and major issues related to climate change, and accelerate the development of GEI to better implement the Paris Agreement.
Patricia Espinosa remarked that GEI is a forward-looking concept. It offers a pragmatic and systematic solution that is essential for tackling climate change and implementing the Paris Agreement. The UNFCCC secretariat fully supports the GEI Initiative and the work of GEIDCO. It is willing to deepen exchanges and cooperation with GEIDCO in areas such as joint research and project promotion, to promote the implementation of Paris Agreement, clean energy development as well as economic and social development in underdeveloped areas, so as to establish GEI at an early date for the benefit and common prosperity of all mankind.
During the visit, Liu Zhenya also held talks with Cedrik Neike, member of the Managing Board of Siemens, for extensive exchanges on technology and equipment innovation related to GEI. Cedrik Neike remarked that Siemens firmly supports the GEI concept and is willing to deepen cooperation with GEIDCO in information exchange, technology research and development, project promotion, and jointly promote the innovative development of GEI.
The UNFCCC secretariat (UN Climate Change) was established in 1992 when countries adopted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Located in Bonn, Germany, the UNFCCC secretariat is the United Nations entity dedicated to advancing the implementation of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.