The China Energy and Low Carbon Economy Programme (CELCEP) held its first market engagement event in Beijing on 15 November 2019 and provided participants with an opportunity to learn more about how to apply for grants, as well as exchange ideas, experience and expertise.
Funded by the UK’s Cross-Government Prosperity Fund, the CELCEP is a £13 million programme to support China's reform needs by providing access to relevant UK energy and low carbon strengths. By doing so, the programme helps to reduce global emissions by supporting the acceleration of China's low carbon transition.
A video message from Christina Scott, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Beijing opened the event. “The focus for today is the Energy and Low Carbon Economy Programme. This issue is of fundamental importance to the UK, as we take action to reduce our emissions and accelerate our transition to a low carbon economy. China is also a global leader in clean energy – the world’s largest investor in renewables with the world’s biggest market for new energy vehicles. China is also transforming its energy mix, with coal consumption falling every year. And so we are natural partners in supporting the global energy transition, having much to learn from each other.”
Over 150 participants from China and the UK, representing both the public and private sectors, attended the event. They were able to hear and ask questions about the objectives for the programme, the delivery structures, and most importantly, the process for applying for grant funding.Deputy Director-General An Fengquan of the Department of International Cooperation at the National Energy Administration (NEA), added in his remarks, that with support from the NEA, the programme will support a series of activities to help drive innovation, create new policies and systems, and new platforms for international collaboration.
Aside from the opening speeches from the esteemed speakers, all the presentations were made available via webinar and posted on this programme website for those unable to attend.