Chinese City and District Representatives meet with California Energy Commission Delegation
Yesterday, a California Energy Commission delegation led by Chairman Robert Weisenmiller came to Changzhou City Wujin District to meet with city officials Fang Guoqiang, Zang Jianzhong, and Ling Guangyao.
The California Energy Commission delegation came to Wujin to facilitate US-China collaboration on promoting clean energy technology, strengthening energy efficiency and emission reduction in enterprises, and expanding business in the Chinese market. According to vice mayor Fang Guoqiang, the new mode of economic development in China must follow a path that includes green technology, low carbon emissions, and recycling. In Changzhou and Wujin, the government is promoting innovative practices on new energy development, which include “energy evaluation on new development projects, household energy efficient action plan, enterprise energy efficient adaptation, elimination of coal-powered electricity facilities and the establishment of a green building model district.”
Fang says that the United States has many technologies that Changzhou can learn from and the city is seeking opportunities to collaborate with California in areas such as human capital, technology innovation, and business and trade, all of which will help Changzhou to become a regional and national pioneer on low carbon development.
According to Robert Weisenmiller, collaboration on climate change will bring the U.S. and China together to face the challenges of air, water, and soil pollution, and hopefully utilize technology to mass manufacture materials that will promote an eco-revolution in solar, wind, geothermal, and biodiesel energy. Weisenmiller believes the U.S. and China are strong in human capital and technology, and that California’s future collaboration with Changzhou will do a great deal to further sustainable urban development practices in China.