Chinese, European enterprises seek green development solutions for carbon neutrality
By Huang Yue

Representatives from Chinese and European companies said they look forward to more practical cooperation between the two sides to achieve the carbon neutrality goals. 

They shared their views on how to promote green, low-carbon and sustainable development at the China-Europe Cooperation Partnership Dialogue in Beijing on Tuesday.  

More than 100 representatives attended the event, including some invited to share their experience promoting green development over the past few years. 

Officials from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's top economic regulator, said they hope enterprises from both sides can seize the opportunity to complement each other and inject new energy into the global economic recovery and sustainable development. 

"Europe has advanced technologies for energy conservation and environmental protection, while China has a vast market. If we work together, we will lead the world in terms of low-carbon, environmentally friendly development," said Pan Jiang, deputy director of the Department of International Cooperation of the NDRC.  

As climate change is a global issue, representatives attending the event said it's important for companies – no matter what country they are from – to work together and learn from each other for better solutions. 

"The German businesses have been very active here in the Chinese market for a long time, especially in the fields of energy saving, in industry, in chemical engineering and building," said Jens Hildebrandt, executive director of German Chamber of Commerce in China. 

"So, I think European companies can contribute in introducing reducing carbon emissions even more."

"European companies have long had technological advantages, but many Chinese enterprises are also delivering outstanding technology solutions in recent years. What our company has been doing is combining these technologies to explore the international market. You can find many solutions we've provided in [the] Middle East and Africa," said Ding Yuangang, vice president of Broad Group. 

Last year, the Chinese and European Union leaders decided to establish a China-EU High-Level Environment and Climate Dialogue and a China-EU High-Level Digital Cooperation Dialogue to forge China-EU green and digital partnerships.  

Under this commitment, the first high-level dialogue was successfully held via a video link in February this year, during which Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng called for both sides to give full play to the leading role of the dialogue and make green cooperation a new highlight and engine of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership. 

China has committed to reaching carbon peak by 2030 and ensuring carbon neutrality by 2060, a much shorter time span compared to many developed countries. 

Officials from the NDRC said they will hold more of such dialogues in the future to provide a platform for enterprises from China and Europe to exchange views and map out a practical path forward. 

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