Renewable Energy Cooperation with China
When the winds of change are blowing,some people build shelters. Others build wind turbines
The old Chinese saying finely illustrates the direction and ambition of the Danish-Chinese cooperation on climate, energy and building.
Denmark and China have cooperated on climate and energy since 2009 through the Renewable Energy Development Programme, RED. The programme aims to encourage and promote the use of renewable energy in china as well as to support of the development of Chinese institutional frameworks to encourage especially wind, solar and bioenergy.
23 February 2012 the Danish Energy Agency signed a framework agreement with China National Renewable Energy Centre, CNREC, on cooperation on renewable energy. The CNREC cooperation is funded by this programme as Component 1. The programme also has a Component 2, which focuses on investment and technical assistance as well as encouraging cooperation between Chinese and Danish companies and research institutions to support research and technological development of renewable energy.
The cooperation between CNREC and the Danish Energy Agency runs to the end of 2014 and will among other study:
- Scenario analyses and Technology catalogues
- Electricity markets
- Research and technological development
- Data and statistics
The cooperation with CNREC is highly inspired by the Danish development over the recent years aiming to readjust Denmark to a fossil free society and the challenges and possibilities subsequent to integrating even more renewable energy in the Danish power grids.
The Danish Energy Agency has thus gathered a team of experts within the above mentioned areas. These will contribute to convey the green knowledge and experience from Denmark so it will be applicable in a Chinese context, given the challenges China is facing regarding the encouragement and promotion of the use of renewable energy and technological solutions supporting such a green development.
The close cooperation between China and Denmark through CNREC thus opens many possibilities to create long-term Chinese-Danish partnerships on energy and so have an impact on Chinese renewable energy politics.