UK-China Workshop on Energy and Climate Change Economics
13 December 2021
The UK-China Forum on the Economics of Energy and Climate Change was held in London.
On the 3rd and 4th of December, the third UK-China Forum on the Economics of Energy and Climate Change, co-hosted by the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction (BSSC) of University College London (UCL) and the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEP) of Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), was successfully held in London. The event was co-chaired by Dr. Zhifu Mi from BSSC-UCL and Dr. Hua Liao from CEEP-BIT. More than 150 people attended the hybrid workshop in person or online.
The first day of workshop was divided into speeches and journal editor sessions. Professor Christoph Lindner, Dean of The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment of UCL, and Professor Yi-Ming Wei, Vice President of BIT, addressed the opening remarks. Four keynote speakers covered topics on nuclear power, solar farms, circular economy, and integrated assessment models. There was also research presented on net zero infrastructure, carbon price, water 4.0, cleaner production, resource resilient foundries and more, provoking insightful questions and discussions among conference participants and speakers.
The workshop also hosted an exchange session for journal editors. Journal editors of Climate Change Economics, Energy and Climate Change, Journal of Cleaner Production, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, and World of Development shared with participants their advice on academic publishing and journals’ interests on the economics of energy and climate change.
On the second day, there were three parallel sessions on the topics of Climate Change Economics and Policy, Low-carbon Transition and Carbon neutrality, and Energy Economics and Policy. There were 33 speakers from the UK and China who shared their research.
The UK-China Workshop this year has further developed towards an excellent platform for China and UK researchers to exchange ideas and promote international cooperation on global climate change.
Dr. Zhifu Mi said: “I am very excited to have chaired this workshop, which is the third bilateral workshop held by BSSC-UCL and CEEP-BIT. The two sides signed a MoU Relating to the Development of Collaborative Activities on Climate Change Economics in 2018. This workshop has provided a platform where researchers from the UK and China discuss on climate change economics.”
Professor D'Maris Coffman said: "We at BSSC are very proud to have hosted this conference, celebrating three years of productive partnership with Beijing Institute of Technology’s CEEP group. We have learned so much from their leadership in energy modelling and energy transitions and are especially grateful to Professor YiMing Wei for his generosity and foresight.”