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  • [ April 14, 2009]

    China-U.S. Cooperative Seminar on Energy and Climate Change held at PKU

  • The China-U.S. Cooperative Seminar on Energy and Climate Change was held on April 9 at the Yingjie Exchange Center of Peking University.

    This seminar was sponsored by the National Committee of Experts on Climate Change and Asia Society, and jointly organized by the PKU College of Engineering and Tsinghua University Institute of Low-Carbon Energy.

    Guoguang Zheng, administrator of the China Meteorological Administration; Jianhua Lin, executive vice president of PKU; Xie Weihe, vice president of Tsinghua University; Orville Schell, director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations of Asia Society; and Clarie Lo Ku Ka-lee, general secretary of the China-United States Exchange Foundation, attended the seminar and delivered speeches.

    The opening ceremony was hosted by Jiankun He, former executive vice president of Tsinghua University.

    Zheng delivered the opening address, commenting on the challenge that climate change poses for the whole world. The seminar was a congregation of experts in energy and climate change from China and America and would hopefully play an active role in promoting cooperation between the two nations, Zheng said.

    Meanwhile, Lin stressed that as a comprehensive university, PKU has paid great attention to the research and technology development on energy and  climate. The PKU College of Engineering has already set up a Department of Energy and Resources Engineering and deepened cooperation with other researchers from home and abroad.

    Xie highly evaluated the seminar, saying he thought there will be wide cooperation on energy efficiency and clean use under the background of increasing globalization between China and America. Schell expressed similar sentiments that this workshop will be helpful in changing abstract policies into concrete actions by strengthening the cooperation between the two countries.

    After the opening ceremony, experts from both sides had deep discussions on “international cooperation on climate change,” “coping mechanisms, challenges and opportunities,” and “methods for China-U.S. cooperation” from energy, economic, and political views. They all agreed that this workshop provided a good platform for cooperation on energy and climate change between the two nations who make up the largest developing and developed countries. Through their discussions and dialogues, they proposed specific technical solutions to this problem and provided concrete aims and steps for their cooperation.

    The seminar was funded by the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation and founded by Tung Chee Hwa, Hong Kong’s first chief executive, whose goal is to strengthen the understanding between the Chinese and Americans.