Promoting the Sustainable Development of China-ASEAN Biomass EnergySep 18, 2017
September 13, Nanning---The China-ASEAN Biomass Energy Forum for Sustainable Development was held in Nanning, Guangxi province, with the goal to share China’s experience and knowledge on biomass energy development and to facilitate technology exchange for the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Among all the forms of renewable energies, biomass is most related to rural development. The raw materials of biomass energy, such as crop waste, treated wood wastes and animal wastes, are commonly found in the rural areas, where the majority of the population relies heavily on this energy source for household uses, cooking and space heating.
Using the opportunity to link biomass energy development to poverty reduction, the event themed “green poverty reduction”, fostered discussion among the 200 participants from government institutions of China and ASEAN countries, research institutions, and the private sectors. Topics included the biomass energy industry development, green poverty reduction opportunities and international cooperation.
During the forum, representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) in Sri Lanka and Malaysia shared their experience on their work in promoting biomass energy. Chongzuo city government of Guangxi also provided a local example for the participants on how it promotes the coordinated development of agriculture, economy, and environment in this area. As a representative from the private sector, Kaidi Ecological Environment Technology also shared their vision and understanding on promoting green development.
The forum was hosted by the United Nations Development (UNDP) China, organized by the Department of Commerce of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, with supported by the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE). This was the first high-level forum hosted by UNDP during the China-ASEAN Expo. UNDP has been working with CICETE and Kaid Environment on piloting sustainable models for sourcing of biomass feedstock since 2014, with the goal to identify strong and sound mechanisms to ensure such energy generated can be effectively and sustainably utilized.