2016 The Second Urban ecosystem and Energy Conservation Forum Held in Shanghai Tongji University
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Co-hosted by UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development and Beijing Engineering Research Center of Building Energy Efficiency and Urban Ecology, the second Urban ecosystem and Energy Conservation forum was held on June 7th , 2016 in UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development in Shanghai.

The theme of the forum was “Renewable Energy Utilization and Urban Atmospheric Environment”. We had guest speakers from United Nations Environment Programme, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the PRC, Chinese Renewable Energy Society, Ministry of Environment of Italy.

The forum consisted three parts: opening ceremony, reports and panel discussion. The former minister of ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the PR, Mr. Wang Guangtao, Chairman of Tongji University Council, Prof. Yang Xianjin, and Deputy Director of Division of Environmental Policy Implementation of UNEP, Dr. Monika G MacDevette gave welcome remarks.

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Mr. Wang Guangtao expressed that this session of the forum is regarding development and utilization of renewable energy in urban area to promote the transition of urban development pattern.

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Prof. Yang Xianjin stated that Tongji University has always been dedicated to the sustainable development in China through multi-disciplinary study and research, including the field of renewable energy and air pollution control. In the future, Tongji University will continue exploring the pathways to establish a sustainable university and carry the responsibility of leading the ecological civilization among universities in China.

The State Department Counselor, Chairman of Chinese Renewable Energy Society, Mr. Shi Dinghuan, former Environmental Minister of Italy, member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, Mr. Corrado Clini, Guest Professor of Tongji University, Thousand Talents Program Professor, Editor-in-chief of Applied Energy, Jerry Yan, Deputy Chief Architect, Beijing Institute of Architecture Design (Group) Co., Ltd, Director, Green Building Research Department, Mrs. Jiao Jian presented their reports. They focused on the theme “Renewable Energy Utilization and Urban Atmospheric Environment”, and spoke about policy, innovation, environmental impacts, urban planning, and the roadmap of technology development.

Mrs. Monika G MacDevette, Mr. Shi Dinghuan, Mr. Corrado Clini, Mr. Jerry Yan, and Mrs. Jiao Jian participated in the panel discussion. They discussed the landmark resolutions agreed upon in the UN Environment Assembly Convening in Nairobi, the comparison of the energy and pollution policies between China and Italy, and the prospects and application of the renewable energy with the greatest potential. The experts probed into development and utilization of renewable as well as the improvement of air quality through their own professional perspective, and shared their unique opinions based on their own professional background.

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The forum addressed domestic and overseas experiences and problems of renewable energy utilization and urban atmospheric pollution treatment. The experts were high-level, the academic atmosphere was strong, and the communication and interaction were dynamic. During the discussion, guest participants all agreed upon that renewable energy was essential to every country’s energy safety and to environmental protection. Also, countries should design more efficient energy structure and implement transition of energy consumption according to their specific conditions. The process requires multiple professions to collaborate on the same goal of facilitating sustainable development and to be committed to innovative strategies.

At the forum, the guests also launched Technical Manual on Guide for Environmental Performance Evaluation of Urban Ecological Construction. The research project has been led by Beijing Engineering Research Center of Building Energy Efficiency and Urban Ecology since 2014. Through developing the evaluation system of environmental performance and demonstrating the principles of the evaluation index, the technical manual provides the technical guide and application tool of evaluation of ecological construction.