Work Together to Cement Global Climate Efforts

On December 2, 2021, Taihe Institute and AAEENA (China) co-hosted the seminar entitled "China-France Dialogue for the Future: On the Road to Energy Transformation."
The seminar was moderated by Mr. Ding Yifan, Senior Fellow of Taihe Institute, and attended by Mr. Patrice Ratti, senior expert from the French automotive industry, Mr. Erik Jonnaert, former Secretary-General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), Mr. Dong Yang, former Executive Vice President and Secretary-General of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, and Mr. Zou Ji, CEO and President of Energy Foundation China. 
At the seminar, both sides have conducted in-depth exchanges on issues such as de-carbonization of the automotive industry and energy transformation.
Experts from France urged that countries around the world should take actions against climate change and achieve emission reduction targets based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR). Both developed and developing countries need to create emission reduction plans according to their situations.
In order to reduce carbon emissions within the automobile industry, each country should not only focus on replacing automobiles with electric vehicles but also de-carbonize their electric power systems and formulate effective policies for the further development of the automobile industry in order to make continuous efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.
Experts from China said that the electric vehicle (EV) industry has been developing rapidly in China thanks to the country's sufficient government support, great technical development, and wide-scale social acceptance. In addition, as China has a higher input-output ratio in EV technologies, rather complete industrial sector, and large-scale transportation infrastructure construction, it is expected that China will make more technological innovations in EV in the years to come.
It is also believed that China looks forward to more cooperation with France and other European countries, and hopes each country will learn from others and make the most of each other's strengths to promote bilateral and multilateral relations.
Both China and France have made considerable contributions to the energy transformation processes of the automobile industry, which shows great potential for further cooperation and collaboration between the two countries. Moving forward, Taihe Institute will hold more seminars and organize more diverse forms of events for in-depth exchanges, and continue to contribute to international conversations and global climate efforts.
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