Liu Zhenya, Chairman of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), Chairman of China Electricity Council (CEC), Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), and International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, led a delegation to the UK recently. They held meetings and attended relevant activities with the International Hydropower Association (IHA), The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, Chatham House and World Energy Council (WEC), exchanging in-depth views and reaching important consensus on establishing GEI and promoting energy transformation and development.
Liu briefed relevant parties on the latest development of GEI and GEIDCO. He pointed out that GEI Initiative provides fundamental solutions to major challenges facing mankind, such as resource scarcity, environmental pollution and climate change. In essence, the core of sustainable development is clean development and the key is to build GEI so as to realize clean replacement and electricity replacement. Building GEI has great comprehensive benefits and has been incorporated into the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international multilateral cooperation frameworks. As building GEI is feasible and economical, there is broad consensus in the international community.
According to Liu, there is great potential for the development of clean energy in the world as only 1/2000 can meet energy demand of mankind. Since the UK and its surrounding regions are rich in clean energy resources such as wind power, accelerating the development of domestic clean energy and strengthening the interconnection of transnational power grids can improve regional power supply capacity and diversify power supply. We are willing to deepen practical cooperation with relevant parties and jointly push forward GEI.
All relevant parties agree that clean and low-carbon development is in line with the trend of world economic and social development in the future. GEI with broad prospects for development will play a fundamental role in promoting energy transition and sustainable development of mankind. Among them, Richard Taylor, CEO of IHA, said that energy interconnection is of great significance for promoting hydropower development and is the main means to achieve the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. IHA will actively build platforms to encourage more countries to recognize the importance of building GEI and participate in it. Nick Winser, President of IET, said that interconnection is the development direction of grids in the future and transnational interconnection offers an effective way to optimize the allocation of energy resources on a large scale. IET will fully support the construction of GEI, and expect to cooperate with GEIDCO in joint research, academic discussion and other fields, in an effort to promote the revolutionary development of energy system in the UK and even in the world. Royal Academy of Engineering, Chatham House and World Energy Council have expressed their willingness to establish exchange mechanisms with GEIDCO, carry out long-term cooperation in GEI’s concept promotion and academic research, and jointly promote energy transformation and sustainable development.