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Renewable Energy for Developing Countries



There are two big entities that the climate change process won’t be able to succeed without: The European Union and the People’s Republic of China.

The EU

The EU is home to the world top RET (Renewable Energy Technology) and cleaner production technology companies.

Among the industrialised countries, it is the proactive driving force behind the Kyoto Process and as such committed to climate change mitigation.

The EU as Annex-1 country group is obliged to lower its greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency or investment in clean energy projects at home or abroad, the Clean Development Mechanism allowing for GHG mitigation in non-Annex-1 countries.

As a group of the world’s richest countries, the EU is not only obliged, but also capable of significant financial commitments and investing in RE abroad.

The P.R. China

The People’s Republic of China is with 1.2 billion people the most populous country of the world. Above-average GDP growth rates catapulted it within the last 20 years into the orbit of the industrialised world. However, China is far from having reached its point of economic equilibrium as it’s still in the process of capital accumulation.

Already today the biggest emitter of CO2 (though not per capita!!), the republic is expected to continue facing a massive increase in energy demand. Is this demand to be served by traditional coal fired plants, China will become the biggest environmental threat to the world climate.

Today, Chinese leaders are committed to develop the country’s abundant RE sources. However, this policy might fail without massive foreign investment into RE projects in China.

To date, China boasts a large industry for small hydropower equipment. As for the other renewable energies, there is no industrial base laid down yet.

With its low production cost and well-educated engineering labour force, the country is keen and able to develop its own RET industry if it can obtain help from the outside in terms of technology, production techniques, quality control and management, as well as standards.

The Strength of an EU-China-Bridge

Joining both the EU and China on the subject of commercialisation of RE is a challenge and a rewarding task for RforD. It is certainly not easy to engage in development and business activities in China. Therefore, RforD has chosen its main operational base in China (see Contacts).

To be an intermediary and broker of confidence to both Chinese and European partners.

Both the EU and China draw sustantial benefits from an alliance through RforD:

RforD assists the EU RET industry in enlarging its markets and sales
RforD helps the EU to meet its Kyoto commitments cheaper by preparing GHG-reducing projects in developing countries for CDM credits
RforD provides green and social funds with adequate sustainable development project portfolios
RforD presents valuable -because replicable and sustainable- projects to official development aid agencies
RforD assists China in meeting its increase in electricity demand in a clean way
RforD helps fulfilling Chinesed policy objectives by attracting foreign investment into commercial RE projects in China
RforD assists China in technology transfer/improvement for Cleaner Production
RforD brokers cooperation agreements between EU and Chinese RET producers for joint increase of market shares

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