Classes begin for China's future low carbon leaders

28 April 2015

BEIJING: The Climate Group has officially launched 2015 Future Academy in Beijing, with six of China’s biggest companies confirmed to take part as ‘case studies’ for the young entrepreneurs enrolled on the low carbon leadership program to learn from.

The spring term of 2015 Future Academy was launched at an event in Beijing entitled “The opportunities for China’s green industry”, which attracted over 100 policymakers, leading green industry companies, field experts and media.

During the event, Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group, unveiled six Chinese companies – Trina Solar, Elion Group, Xin Ao Concrete Group, Tianjin Lishen Battery, Huiyuan Group and Ciming Checkup as the case studies that the students for the spring term will work with and analyze.

Emphasizing the importance of action from different sectors to achieve China’s low carbon goals, Kejun Jiang, Senior Researcher at Center for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Energy Research Institute, NDRC, presented a forecast of the country’s green industry to the audience. Using data from the IPCC, he reviewed China’s approach to reaching its climate targets, stating: “In order to meet China’s 2025 commitment, four areas are of the most importance: the energy revolution, new policies to reinforce environmental protection, the tech-revolution, and the [finance] mechanism revolution.

Dr. Haifeng Wang, Manager of Smarter energy & environmental solutions, IBM research China, shared IMB’s 10-year big data and air pollution initiative, Greenhorizon. The initiative will support China’s energy system transformation and help protect citizen health through the company’s network of 12 global research labs and the creation of an innovation ecosystem of partners from across government, private enterprise, and international organization and research institutes.

Dr. Wang explained how the initiative will work and what it will be focused on: “IBM will leverage its big data analytics, cloud and cognitive computation capabilities in addressing the pressing needs of China in air pollution, energy supply and energy demand through three projects: air quality management, renewable energy forecast, and industrial energy efficiency management.”

Agreeing that pollution should be a critical part of China’s efforts to tackle runaway climate change, Dr. Yan Yuan from the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs presented the ‘pollution map app’, which recently became one of the most downloaded apps nationally, accumulating 293,000 users just one month after it was released. The public first became aware of the app when it was mentioned in Chinese Journalist Jing Chai's documentary Under the Dome, which went viral earlier this year.

The first class of the 2015 Future Academy will be held on April 25 and 26, and Trina Solar, a pioneer of the PV industry in China and internationally, will be the first company to open its doors to the students. During the case study period, Trina Solar CEO Jifan Gao will be joined by Guochen Liu, CFO of Elion Group and other leading experts to give their insights about the future trends of the low carbon economy, as well as innovative clean energy solutions.

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