Collaborative project between the British Government (Foreign and Commonwealth Office, FCO), IEA Clean Coal Centre, China’s Electric Power Planning and Engineering Institute and Tsinghua University
The UK Government, through the British Embassy, has a long history of engagement with China, both at national and provincial level, in assisting China to address a wide range of energy and environmental concerns. This particular initiative is a major opportunity to help China address air quality issues within two coal-dominated provinces in the north of the country.
These website pages are part of a project between IEA Clean Coal Centre (IEA CCC), Tsinghua University (TU) and the Electric Power Planning and Engineering Institute (EPPEI), with support from the British Embassy in Beijing and financial support from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office via its Strategic Programme Fund for China. Mandarin pages of the CCC website.
The project was launched in October 2014 with the aim of increasing the institutional capacity of government officials and industrial stakeholders in Hebei Province and Shandong Province regarding the cost effectiveness of introducing clean coal technologies.
The IEA Clean Coal Centre is an international organisation with a strong reputation for comprehensive, impartial advice on all policy, technical, economic and social issues related to clean coal technologies. It also has good links to major coal-based stakeholders in China.
EPPEI provides expertise to the government, financial institutions, investors, developers, project owners and relevant enterprises on many aspects of the electric power industry. It is entrusted by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to evaluate electric power projects. EPPEI has a strong reputation for expertise on all aspects of establishing new coal-fired power plants and for the upgrading of existing units.
The Thermal Engineering Department of Tsinghua University is internationally renowned and has enormous experience of developing clean coal solutions for both power and non-power coal based applications.
These three organisations, together with representatives from the China Energy Research Society and Beijing University of Technology, represent a powerful consortium of clean coal experts.
Currently there are two aspects to the collaborative project.
1. The translation of executive summaries of IEA CCC reports into Mandarin which are freely available from the website.
2. Two workshops have been held in Hebei Province and Shandong Province which focussed on clean coal technologies to improve efficiency and reduce emissions.
The IEA Clean Coal Centre has established a Mandarin language part of its website as part of its information dissemination initiative. It contains translations of 24 executive summaries of IEA CCC technical reports that cover power, cement, coking and chemicals. More summaries will be added in due course. Access is freely available from this page.
The IEA Clean Coal Centre has worked with the Foreign Affairs Offices of Hebei and Shandong Provinces to provide clean coal technology workshops for industrial stakeholders and government officials. The workshops took place on 13-14 January in Shandong Province and 15-16 January 2015 in Hebei Province. The presentations are available from the Workshops in China page.
The aim of the workshops is to assist the provincial governments of Hebei and Shandong Provinces to develop positive frameworks for the introduction of clean coal technologies. These have higher efficiencies and lower environmental impact than traditional methods of combustion. The work will help the provincial governments to improve their efficiency of coal utilisation and so lower carbon and energy intensities. The project is part of an overall transition to a diverse energy mix that will include natural gas and renewables, in line with national policies set out by the National Energy Administration of China.
The workshops focussed on assessments of clean coal technologies for provincial government officials and industry. The IEA CCC, TU and EPPEI provided credible, impartial, expert advice at the technical and financial level on the cost effectiveness of introducing clean coal technologies. This assists the two provincial governments to assess the potential advantages of introducing cost effective clean coal technologies to help lower carbon emissions and energy intensities. The frameworks produced will be relevant to other coal-dominated provinces that are without ready access to natural gas and have, as yet, limited renewable energy resources.
The issues raised will be taken forward in subsequent discussions with the Department of Coal at the National Energy Administration of China.
Feedback and recommendations
Feedback and recommendations arising from the project’s outcomes to date (May 2015) are available.
Statistics on the use made of the Mandarin pages are available.
Further information will be added to the website as the project develops. Key outputs from the workshops and related discussions will be included, as well as sent directly to equivalent provincial government officials elsewhere in China via the British Embassy in Beijing.
For more information contact: Dr Andrew Minchener, General Manager, IEA Clean Coal Centre, Park House, 14 Northfields, London SW18 1DD, Andrew.Minchener@iea-coal.org