Taiyuan expo shows green de­vel­op­ment has many tak­ers

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - XIN­HUA

TAIYUAN — At a re­cent in­ter­na­tional en­ergy in­dus­try expo in Taiyuan, cap­i­tal of North China’s Shanxi prov­ince, lo­cal res­i­dent sur­named Jiang looked for build­ing ma­te­ri­als like dec­o­ra­tions for his new apart­ment.

At the expo, which opened in Septem­ber, Jiang was in­ter­ested in mar­ble-like tiles, made from a waste-re­cy­cling prod­uct gen­er­ated from coal-burn­ing for elec­tric power.

An oddly-shaped, fist-sized black ball dis­played at a nearby stand also grabbed Jiang’s at­ten­tion. It was solid fuel made of house­hold waste, used for boiler heat­ing and ther­mal power gen­er­a­tion.

Both prod­ucts are only part of the rea­son why the three-day expo has at­tracted multi­bil­lion-yuan in­vest­ment and busi­nesses from 30 coun­tries and re­gions.

Agree­ments for 42 ma­jor projects were signed at the expo, with a com­bined in­vest­ment vol­ume of 62.5 bil­lion yuan (about $9.1 bil­lion), ac­cord­ing to its or­ga­niz­ers.

Most of the projects are re­lated to ad­vanced equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing, new en­ergy ve­hi­cles, en­ergy con­ser­va­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and the mod­ern coal chem­i­cal in­dus­try.

The expo also high­lights Shanxi’s on­go­ing en­ergy trans­for­ma­tion to clean en­ergy and the pro­mo­tion of waste re­cy­cling.

“In re­cent years, Shanxi prov­ince, a lead­ing pro­ducer of coal in China, has pi­o­neered the na­tional cam­paign for pro­mot­ing green de­vel­op­ment,” said Xuan Shengji, who works with a clean-tech com­pany head­quar­tered in South Korea. He came to the expo as an ex­hibitor.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, Shanxi has been pro­mot­ing wide use of nat­u­ral gas since 2010. By 2017, 105 coun­ties and dis­tricts and many min­ing ar­eas in the prov­ince had ac­cess to coalbed meth­ane, ben­e­fit­ing 18 mil­lion res­i­dents.

“Coalbed meth­ane, as an un­con­ven­tional type of nat­u­ral gas is rec­og­nized as clean en­ergy,” said Hao Pengcheng, a Shanxi-based en­gi­neer of PetroChina. “It is sig­nif­i­cant to Shanxi’s en­ergy revo­lu­tion given its rich re­serves and so­phis­ti­cated ex­ploita­tion sys­tem.”

Luo Huin­ing, sec­re­tary of the Shanxi Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, said at a fo­rum dur­ing the expo: “As a sig­nif­i­cant en­ergy base in China, Shanxi will con­tinue to curb over­ca­pac­ity and pro­mote the use of clean and ef­fi­cient en­ergy.”

By 2020, China will see a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in coal con­sump­tion. Non-fos­sil en­ergy is ex­pected to ac­count for 35 per­cent to 50 per­cent of the to­tal con­sump­tion by 2050, ac­cord­ing to the En­ergy Re­search In­sti­tute of the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion.

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