Low Carbon Transition in China

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In this session, the situation and challenge related with energy is introduced and discussed. Energy, especially power generation, data are displayed to show that low carbon transition has already started in China. Some major factors that could influence future carbon emissions are further discussed. Finally, per the worry that China’s coal power equipment export may delay the global carbon peaking, the power equipment export data of the last four years are checked and prove the worry is not necessarily correct.

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Professor Li earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1986, 1988, and 1994, respectively. Before returning to Tsinghua University to pursue his doctoral degree, he worked in Harbin Turbine Works between 1988 and 1991. Professor Li became a faculty member of Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, at the end of 1994, a full professor in 2000, and Changjiang Scholar Professor in 2008. He is now the Head of the Department of Thermal Engineering. He founded Tsinghua BP Clean Energy Research and Education Center in 2003 and is the Director of the center. He was awarded the National Award of Science and Technology of China in 2006 for his contribution to the development of simulation technologies for circulating fluidized bed power plants. Besides technical studies, he works on energy strategy and policy study for China and leads several national and international research projects.