Consul General Pan Attends Scotland-China Ecology and Environment Summit

On 1 July 2019, Scotland-China Ecological and Environmental Technology Exchange Conference co-hosted by Chinese Society for Environmental Science (CSES) and Scotland-China Innovation & Technology Association (S-CITA) was successfully held in Edinburgh, bringing together Scotland's leading research, industry and educational centers of excellence with China's leading delegations in this field to explore solutions to as well as collaborations on ecological and environmental issues. Consul General Pan Xinchun, Lord Provost Frank Ross and Dr Wang Zhihua, Secretary General of CSES addressed the opening of conference.

Consul General briefed the conference on the huge progress made by China in eco-civilization and sustainable development, stressing that the development of ecological civilization and conservation was enshrined in China's constitution, becoming part of China's overall plan for national development. China not only gives top priority to improve its own environment but also earnestly discharges its responsibility of addressing global climate change. He expressed that the consensus China and Scotland reached on the significance of renewable and low carbon energy offers fertile ground for mutually beneficial cooperation projects such as China's Red Rock Power offshore wind farm off the Angus coastline, the partnership between Falkirk-based Alexander Dennis and China's electric bus producer BYD. He looks forward to continued efforts from both sides to tap potential in expanding clean energy and environment cooperation so as to yield more practical results.

Lord Provost said that the City of Edinburgh Council attaches great importance to the development of carbon-reduction and environment protection, undertaking a range of practical projects to positively progress Scottish Government's Climate Change carbon net zero target of 2050 and to decarbonise the City. He encouraged the conference to enhance exchanges and cooperation in the filed of ecological protection in contribution to global ecological security.

With Consul General and Lord Provost bearing witness, Dr Wang Zhihua signed MOU for co-operation between CSES and S-CITA with Ms Zhang Ying.

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