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China-Europe-Africa Green Energy forum seeks increased private sector role

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In the face of climate change and fuel shortages, low-carbon and sustainable development has become the consensus of the international community.

In response, the development of green energy forum was held earlier this month in China’s Zhejiang’s, capital city of Hangzhou bringing together representatives from China, Europe and Africa.

The forum which blended both online and offline formats was hosted by the China – EU Association and the Zhejiang Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the COMMONWEAI Foundation of Chint and StarTimes Group.

Over 100 experts, dignitaries and intellectuals from China, Europe, and Africa, gathered in the eastern Chinese city to discuss the potential roadmap for tackling climate change, green finance, and carbon neutrality.

Speaking during the forum, H.E. Siyabonga C. Cwele, South African Ambassador to China said, “We have got a large amount of platinum. Platinum is key in green hydrogen. Green hydrogen complements solar and wind. They increase the penetration particularly in far flung areas and rural areas. So those are the things we hope that companies whch have got affordable modern technologies, can cooperate with our countries in Africa, not only in South Africa, but all the countries in Africa so that we can also be involved in this energy transition.”

H.E. Jacques Jean Luc Nyanga, Ambassador of the Republic of Congo to China, and H.E. Baba Ahmad Jidda, Ambassador of Nigeria to China, also shared their remarks on the current situation and prospects of green energy cooperation.

Governments have also been collaborating with the private sector, as energy-intensive enterprises will have an impact on transition efforts.

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“Apart from hydropower, renewable energy generation such as wind, solar and geothermal energy only accounts for less than 4% of Africa’s total current power generation.” Pang Xinxing, Vice President of the China – EU Association and Chairman of StarTimes Group, pointed out that Africa has superior innate conditions for green energy development, but the current potential is under-explored and there is great potential for the future.

German engineering and tech company Bosch says it has a goal to build 4,000 hydrogen refilling stations by 2030.

Some companies at the event also showcased their latest projects, such as a fishing-solar complementary power project and integrated photovoltaic as a one-stop solution for residential rooftops.

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