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China's Political Season: CPPCC member: Industrial development and carbon goals are compatible

  • Published: Mar 11, 2023
  • Source: CGTN
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The Chinese government is promoting more research into the clean and efficient use of coal. Liu Zhongmin, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, is an expert in this field. As a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, he proposes that China should deepen international cooperation in energy and strengthen the transformation of scientific and technological achievements. He explained to our reporter Feng Yilei how he believes it's possible to achieve both industrial development and carbon reduction goals.

LIU ZHONGMIN, Director, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences "It is not a matter of breaking down an old world and building a new one. Instead, industrial development and carbon reduction are compatible.

The increase in our total energy demand is a rigid demand. Fossil energy use will gradually decrease in proportion, but it does not mean that the absolute amount will decrease. The critical issue is how to use fossil fuels as clean as possible without simply reducing their production. So it needs a technological breakthrough that connects all kinds of energy sources to form a system.

At the policy level, it is necessary to unite various industries and companies, namely coal, oil, natural gas, photovoltaic, wind. They each have industrial plans, but need to be coordinated at the top level to achieve the national goals.

I believe our basic industries should become low-carbon, and also intelligent, to meet the standards of modernization and support the long-term and healthy development of the country. As the whole world faces the same challenge, we need to strengthen international cooperation, but the premise is that we must ensure the safety of our energy security in terms of industrial chain and supply chain."