Officials look to China Redesign at World Eco-Forum
- 25 July 2011
BEIJING: On July 16, business and government leaders gathered at the 3rd World Eco-Forum in Guiyang, the capital of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, to discuss corporate responsibility and low carbon city redesign.
Advancing a green economy is central to China’s 12th Five Year Plan, and this ambition was shared at the 3rd World Eco-Forum, where officials and experts expressed their aim of achieving ‘ecological civilization’.
The Forum focused on two topics, ‘Ecological Civilization and Corporate Responsibility’ and ‘Low Carbon City Redesign and Business Strategy’.
Li Ganjie, China’s Vice Environment Minister, said that 14 Chinese provinces and over 100 cities have already put ‘eco-economy’ into local governments’ development agendas.
Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group, hosted a Workshop session on China Redesign - the Forum's most popular - where she suggested that the best way to do business in China is to put corporate business strategy in close parallel with the government’s policy plan.
Two corporate members of The Climate Group also had an active and influential participation in the Forum. Jie Li, Vice Managing Director, China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP), co-hosted the Forum, and Yue Zhang, CEO, Broad Air Conditioning, presented overseas cases on the efficient industrial energy allocations in developed countries.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, stated that the world is confronted with impending and interlinked crises related to food and nutrition security, water resources, biodiversity, land degradation and climate change, under the influence of which, the world economic recovery remains fragile, and prospects for growth remain uncertain for many countries. He urged more cooperation between different partners - including local governments, businesses, civil society groups and academia - to address these urgent environmental issues, saying: "To tackle these crises, we need to work together".
Bank Ki Moon also said that he believed the Forum provided an important role in preparing for next year's Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.