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