China-EU centre for clean energy inaugurated
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Last Updated: Friday, April 30, 2010, 20:19
  
Beijing: China and the European Union on Friday inaugurated a new centre to jointly promote clean energy to combat climate change.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Zhang Guobao, head of China's National Energy Administration, attended the inauguration of the Europe-China Clean Energy Center based in Tsinghua University.

The Center will act as a platform to provide support for both Chinese and European energy sector key players, and its objective is to promote increased use of clean energy, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

"The launching of the center, another flagship of our cooperation, is a major step in our common efforts to shape a more sustainable, environmental friendly and efficient energy sector," said Barroso.

"The European Union can not achieve its energy and climate change objectives alone. We want to make partnership with friends around the world...There are now very important prospects for developing many concrete projects within China and the European Union," Barroso said.

Zhang, also vice minister of China's National Development and Reform Commission, said China and the EU shared similar targets on clean energy and enjoy bright future for energy cooperation.

"As of the end of 2009, China had introduced about 30,000 technological projects from the EU, among which wind, photovoltaic and nuclear power projects account for a rather big proportion," Zhang said.

Zhang said despite the fact that China did not lag behind on clean energy development, it needed more efforts to restructure its energy sector and develop clean coal technology as coal accounted for 70 percent of China's primary energy sources.

PTI


First Published: Friday, April 30, 2010, 20:19


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