Recently, in her letter to GEIDCO, Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) highly commended the great contributions and efforts made by GEIDCO in advancing the implementation of the Paris Agreement, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, and offering solutions for generating and transmitting renewable energy.
Patricia Espinosa pointed out, “Decarbonizing the power sector by ramping up the adoption of renewable energy is essential to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The required acceleration of the global shift to a low-carbon economy can only be achieved through a combination of clean energy generation, modern transmission technologies and power grid interconnectivity, all playing important roles in the energy transition.”
The UNFCCC secretariat values the long-standing partnership with GEIDCO, stated Patricia Espinosa. One example is the on-going collaboration with the UNFCCC on the research of greenhouse gas baselines and monitoring for the energy sector that can assist developing countries to identify and prioritize mitigation actions in the energy sector. We look forward to continuing the productive between our institutions.
On March 18 this year, the Seminar on China's CO2 Emission Peak and Carbon Neutrality was convened in Beijing by GEIDCO, during which Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, delivered a special video message. At the event, a systematic solution to achieve national emission reduction target via China's energy interconnection was put forward by GEIDCO, along with the release of three key research results, namely, the reports on China's CO2 Emission Peak before 2030, China's Carbon Neutrality before 2060, and China's Energy and Power Development Plan for 2030 and Outlook for 2060. Outlining the pathway forward for China to pursue clean development and achieve carbon neutrality, these efforts could also offer useful reference and paradigm for other countries in their endeavors to scale up NDCs.
GEIDCO proposed that, based on the country's actual situation, China should put into practice the new development concept and take energy as the linchpin to achieve CO2 emissions peaking and carbon neutrality. UHV grids can be a key enabler for China's energy interconnection, while more efforts are needed to facilitate clean replacement in energy production and electricity replacement in energy consumption, and thus build a clean, low-carbon, safe, and efficient modern energy system. Spearheaded by the zero-carbon energy revolution, China is expected to expedite decarburization, realizing the decoupling of energy development and economic development from carbon emissions. In this way, China can embark on a fast, low-cost, and cost-effective path for carbon neutrality.