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The 12th Annual 2016 Cross-Strait Climate Change & Sustainable Energy Forum Date:2016-09-22
On September 10-11, the 12th Annual Session, of the 2016 Cross-Strait Climate Change & Sustainable Energy Forum, at the campus of the University of Science & Technology Beijing.

Among the Forum attendees were 11 distinguished members of the China Academy of Engineering, 1 member of the China Academy of Sciences, and a total of 180 experts, academics and civil society representatives including 52 guests from Taiwan. The theme of this session’s forum was “The Energy Revolution and the Green Economy”. The forum was successfully hosted with guidance from the Energy and Mining Engineering Department of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The event was co-organized by the Institute of Climate & Energy Sustainable Development, along with the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Development, and held on the campus of the University of Science & Technology Beijing.

On the morning of the 10th, the Forum’s opening ceremony was held at the Techart Plaza of the University of Science & Technology Beijing. Speakers included Academician Su-Ping Peng of the Chinese Academy of Engineering’s Energy and Mining Engineering Department, Guang-sheng Guo, Deputy Secretary General of the Beijing Municipal CPC Party Committee, President Xin-Xin Zhang of the University of Science & Technology Beijing, President Lian-Xiang Ma of the Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Chairman Dr. Eugene Chien of the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy and Taiwan Convenor of the Cross-Strait Climate Change & Sustainable Energy Forum, and Academician Ke-chang Xie, the Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the mainland China Convenor of the Cross-Strait Climate Change & Sustainable Energy Forum. The opening ceremonies for the Forum were emceed by Vice President Ge Wang of the University of Science & Technology Beijing.


Academician Kuang-Di Xu, National People’s Consultative Conference Vice Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of the Chinese Academy of Engineering sent a note of congratulations to the event, in which he pointed out that climate change is an issue affecting humanity’s future, such that energy security is of concern to the global public welfare. In more than a decade now, this Forum has witnessed the gathering of many famous persons committed to making their respective contributions to these issues across the Taiwan Straits. Decelerating, abating and ameliorating climate change, guaranteeing energy security, and protecting ecology and the environment, are all massive undertakings, which will require consistent and persistent efforts of all our generations. He also expressed hope that more youth would commit to these efforts, ensuring that industry would benefit from their initiative in unleashing the future.

Academician Su-Ping Peng began the remarks by noting that the Chinese Academy of Engineering represents China’s most prestigious academic institution and national think tank, whose members lead the way in science policy, while making significant contributions to social development and in other respects, particularly in regard to the Energy and Mining Engineering Department which has long maintained a consistent high level of interest for the environment and energy, and whose efforts have been highly efficacious in stimulating nationality strategic policy considerations. He also expressed support for the Cross-Strait Climate Change & Sustainable Energy Forum as we have already passed the decade mark, and over the past decade plus, many experts and academe from both sides of the Taiwan Straits, have contributed to this strategic and vanguard dialogue, discussion and cooperation in the fields of energy, climate, and the environment, congealing the common wisdom of the Cross Straits experts and academics around the emergi ng principles of the new era of “Green Development” , which has become the focal point of Cross Straits experts and academics in discussions of responding to climate change as we seek a cooperative platform for exchange in the quest for the path to achieving energy sustainability and sustainable development.


 
Deputy Secretary Guang-Sheng Guo introduced an overview of Beijing’s socioeconomic development status, noting that in recent years that climate change and energy sustainability had emerged as common global focal points, and as the planet faces systemic issues resulting from extreme weather, sustainable development and environmental protection have drawn the attention of all. Beijing has long emphasized energy and environmental issues, seeking to enhance the capitol’s sustainability as a core issue, by integrating green development principles throughout the capitol’s entire development, through pursuing energy-efficient infrastructural investment and environmentally-friendly social practices to accelerate transformative economic development modes as an important focus. Beijing is committed to furthering a major revolution focusing on developing the energy field in Beijing’s “four centers”. He also expressed his heartfelt desire that Cross Straits experts and academics would be able to use more cutting-edge technologies and research and development results to further Beijing’s green economic development, ensuring that such Cross Straits exchange efforts would indeed ensure the prosperity of all on both sides of the Straits.


 
President Xin-xin Zhang began by representing the university in extending a warm welcome to all the participants at this Forum, with a particular welcome to the dignitaries and experts and academics from across the Straits, he then introduced the university’s history, development progress and provided an overview for everyone. He explained how the historical processes of industrialization and modernization have led to the current energy and environmental issues affecting the national and public’s prosperity, and have emerged as important global focal points. He noted that in recent years, the University of Science & Technology Beijing applied its original academic strengths to aim for high standard, as starting points to pursue cutting-edge technology at the international forefront in the fields of energy, the environment, and new materials, for “green development” research and development resulting in substantial success achieving widespread public recognition. He also remarked that this is a major academic exchange for Cross Straits cooperation, and through the opportunity afforded by this Forum, the university’s relevant faculty experts and students will expand their perspectives, attaining new knowledge, and without a doubt be better able to practically contribute to the university’s development and research quality enhancement. This session’s forum provides enhanced cooperation and exchange across the Taiwan Straits, further investment integration, mutual synergy, and joint efforts in infrastructural and economic transformation, while pursuing investment in energy efficiency and an environmentally friendly society.
 

President Lian-Xiang Ma, explored the significance of the “Tai” in Taiwan, noting that this was already the 12th session of the Forum, which has served as an important platform (Ping-Tai) for academic exchange and discourse; it also serves as an excellent stage (Wu-Tai) for advancing innovation, and with its annual theme, and mainland China and Taiwan universities rotating in hosting the event, the Forum seeks both innovation in style and content; moreover, the Forum affords a dais (Jiang-Tai) in which to explore new interpretations, especially as the participation becomes much younger over time, with the more senior experts mentoring the next generation to broader perspectives and enhanced interdisciplinary awareness; concomitantly, the Forum also serves to create and foster (Zhao-Tai) industry for the future generations, so as the event has enjoyed twelve years in progress to date, it has emerged as an important forum at home and abroad, and with these solid foundations we can expect a brighter future for us all.
 

Chairman Dr. Eugene Chien shared “three perspectives” with participants: first, the Forum is particularly “timely” this year on the tail of the successful conclusion of the “Paris Agreement” at the UNFCCC last year, through the leadership of the UN in congealing a global consensus, then not long ago we witnessed the G20 Summit, and China and the US announced they had acceded to the “Paris Agreement”, representing a significant moment for mankind as we enter the era of “action”; secondly, this Forum was hosted in Beijing, which is the perfect “place” as it serves as a global economic, political and cultural center of interchange among outstanding scholars, while also pursuing Beijing’s emergence as a low carbon city dedicated to environmental protection whose development results to date are simply amazing; and thirdly, the “participation” in the event is critical to its success, as we are now in our second decade of effort together, and our Cross Straits scholars and experts have enjoyed excellent interpersonal relations through the Forum expanding the frequency of our interchange, as we pursue our common initiatives.
 

Academician Ke-Chang Xie borrowed from Taiwan’s Master Sheng Yan “108 Aphorisms for Living”, noting that “as rivers and mountains abound, even if these sites are moved; days and months unite to bless, as unity of people and our acts are the truly essential”. He used this phrase to explain how the Cross Straits lack an effective mechanism for robust communications, leaving us with the unfortunate sense that Cross Strait relations have reached an impasse, so the success of the Forum is encouraging against this backdrop, and highly significant, for both sides of the Straits are but parts of one extended family, and the peaceful development of the Cross Straits is something the public on both sides strongly desires, which is to say in essence that this Forum represents for the members present from across the Straits, a sense of “popular ethics”, “ecological faith” and “green thought”. He also pointed out that this session of the Forum is proceeding from adaptation for energy and the environment, to create a modern energy system, with energy efficiency and carbon reduction technologies and practices, for a green economy and social progress yielding an “energy revolution and green economy” as a major objective worthy of our deep consideration. He concluded by expressing his belief that through this session of the Forum’s exchange and discourse, those present will better understand the energy revolution and its relation to the green economy, as well as how to promote the energy revolution and develop the green economy.

Among those present for the Opening Ceremonies were Jin Liu, the Director of Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong Affairs in the China Ministry of Education, President Shi-Rong Ge, China University of Mining, Beijing Municipal Education Committee member Kan Huang, Beijing’s Haidian District Vice Mayor Chang-Ping Li, National Taiwan University Vice President Ching-Ray Chang, Taiwan Research Institute President Dr. Tsai-Yi Wu, and other distinguished guests from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Beijing municipal government, and the Haidian District (Beijing’s Silicon Valley). The University of Science & Technology Beijing also had the leaders of its constituent colleges and departments present for the Opening Ceremonies.

Following the conclusion of the Opening Ceremonies, an assemblage of 26 scholars and experts, government officials and business leaders from across the Straits participated in an invited presentation and a special presentation. Academician Ke-Chang Xie spoke on the theme of the “Energy Revolution and Establishing the Modern Energy System”; Chairman Dr. Eugene Chien spoke on “Alternative Energy Development Trends and Aspirations”; President Xin-Xin Zhang spoke on “Energy Efficiency and Carbon Emission Reduction in the Regional Economy”; President Dr. Tsai-Yi Wu spoke about “Taiwan’s Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction Policy Promotion Efficacy Analysis”; President Lian-Xiang Ma spoke on “Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction in the Chemical Industry”; and National Taipei University Visiting Professor Yu-Ming Lee spoke on “Industry Energy Management System Establishment Guidance”. These six leading experts in the energy and environmental fields spoke about the energy revolution and green economic development from different perspectives while sharing with those present about their own latest research findings. Other Forum speakers discussed the latest advances and new research and development directions in energy reform, resource integration, energy transformation, industrial energy efficiency, energy strategy, biomass energy technology, power planning studies, sponge-style urban construction, practice in low-carbon homes development, and garbage magnetization processes.


On September 11 nearing noon’s Closing Ceremonies, Academician Ke-Chang Xie delivered the Forum’s final summation, while Chairman Eugene Chien delivered the closing comments. The next Forum session’s host campus sent National Taiwan University Vice President Dr. Ching-Ray Chang to express a warmhearted invitation to all present to attend in Taipei, and then University of Science & Technology Beijing President Xin-Xin Zhang again spoke to express his appreciation for the success of the Forum. Before the opening of the Forum, from September 6th through 9th there was also hosted the 2016 Cross-Strait Climate Change & Sustainable Energy Forum Energy Industry Summit. With leadership from President Xin-Xin Zhang, participants visited the BAIC Group’s New Energy Vehicle Testing Center, the Beijing Shenwu Environment & Energy Technology Co., Ltd., the Shenhua Group’s National Institute of Clean-and- Low-Carbon Energy (NICE), the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall, the Shougang Steel Group Headquarters and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, enjoying much new knowledge along the way. The special guests engaged in discussions with frontline researchers, learning from each other’s experiences, while also contributing constructive comments and recommendations.

On the 9th in the afternoon, the Forum Board meeting was held, with a special report from the University of Science & Technology Beijing on the results of this year’s Forum preparatory efforts and the Forum agenda. Board members adopted this year’s agenda, and confirmed that the next session would be conducted by National Taiwan University. Qingdao University of Science and Technology presented a report on the progress with the Institute of Climate and Energy Sustainable Development.

To conclude, the Cross-Strait Climate Change & Sustainable Energy Forum was initially the “Cross Straits Energy and Environment Sustainable Development Technology Conference”, which was inaugurated by Cross Straits scholars in 2005, and first hosted by Taiwan’s Chung Yuan University. Then in October 2009, the new Forum nomenclature was adopted, and a Board composed of mainland China and Taiwan members was formed from experts and academics in the fields of energy and the environment, as well as corporate executives and government officials. The event has evolved into an important platform for academic exchange among the Cross Straits for energy and environment scholars and experts, and is growing in influence. This session of the Forum emphasized General Secretary Xi Jin-Ping’s focus on the energy technology revolution, and thus this Forum is a substantial contribution to promoting Cross Straits cooperation in responding to climate change and mutually promoting the energy revolution.

The pictures and words were translated from the website of University of Science & Technology Beijin
 
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