The Fifth Shenzhen International Low Carbon City Forum, guided by NDRC and Guangdong Provincial Government and sponsored by Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government, is scheduled to be held at Shenzhen International Low Carbon City (ILCC) Exhibition Center on September 7-8, according to the press conference held by the organizing committee of the forum on the morning of Aug. 24.
This Forum consists of 1 main forum, 6 sub-forums, 4 workshops and a series of supporting activities, covering many aspects including the experience and practice of South-South Cooperation, the goals and paths of low-carbon city development, the opportunities and challenges of energy revolution, the innovation and practice of green financial system, and the responsibilities and undertakings of low-carbon enterprises. Up to now, the forum has attracted nearly 2000 guests from more than 40 countries and international organizations. Among them are Liu Yanhua, counselor of the State Council, director of the National Committee of Expertson Climate Change and former vice minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology; Du Xiangwan, academician and former vice president of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and honorary director of National Committee of Experts on Climate Change; Francesco Profumo, former Italian minister of education and former president of Italian National Research Council; He Jiankun, vice director of National Committee of Experts on Climate Change; and Wang Shi, Honorary board chairman and founder of China Vanke Co. and president of Vanke Foundation, all of whom will make keynote speeches at the forum to expound the long-term significance and important role of green, low-carbon and sustainable development from the global viewpoint.
According to Wu You, vice secretary general of Shenzhen Municipal Government and secretary general of the organizing committee of Shenzhen ILCC Forum, as an important platform for serving the state to tackle climate change, showcasing the latest green and low-carbon achievements in an all-round manner and promoting the international cooperation in the green and low-carbon field, the forum this year includes the following characteristics:
Firstly, it is high-end. The guests to attend the forum include heads of Chinese national ministries and commissions, government officials of other countries, officials of the UN and other international organizations, renowned experts and scholars and entrepreneurs from home and abroad, who will have discussions and sharing on the hot topics concerning climate change, the problems occurred in the green and low-carbon field and the actions of cities and enterprises.
Secondly, it is professional. This Forum is up to the standards of high-level international forums such as Davos and Boao Forum for Asia. In terms of content, event planning, meeting organization, guest reception, service guarantee and all other aspects, it seeks to be professional and efficient.
Thirdly, it is international. Following the principle of “holding the forum in an open manner,” the organizing committee of the forum has invited the UN, World Bank, Global Environment Facility, World Wildlife Fund, C-Team and other well-known international organizations in the field of climate change to jointly hold the forum. Besides, a theme event “Italy Day” is specially set to highlight the internationalism of the forum.
Fourthly, it is effective. The Forum will give full play to its role as a platform and center round China’s action in response to climate change and Shenzhen’s actual needs to strengthen the matching of projects, resources, capital and technologies and to realize practical cooperation. During the forum, 19 low-carbon technical projects and over 30 well-known capital investors from home and abroad will jointly participate in the International Low-Carbon and Clean Technology Road Show.
Fifthly, it is low-carbon. The forum will apply IT and smart methods to maximally use green and recoverable materials for the arrangement of the meeting places, so as to minimize the use of paper materials and disposable products. On top of that, new-energy vehicles will be used throughout the forum.
In recent years, Shenzhen has made innumerable achievements in practicing the green and low-carbon development concept. Shenzhen owns the carbon trading market that was the first one in China and has the most active transactions. Its carbon emission intensity and energy consumption intensity have been at the lowest level nationwide. Besides, the city has taken the lead in promoting the use of new-energy vehicles and green buildings, and its average concentration PM2.5 has been at the best level among Chinese cities of vice-provincial and above levels.