On 8 December, the British Embassy hosted the launch of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) flagship World Energy Outlook 2020 report in Beijing. This year’s Outlook examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects prospects for a rapid global clean energy transition.
The presentation from the IEA explored the different pathways out of the COVID-19 crisis, with a particular focus on the next ten years to 2030. The event drew from the report’s analysis to discuss the key opportunities for clean energy development beyond 2020; how energy planning can support emission peaking and net-zero targets; and the role of China’s 14th Five Year Plan in supporting this.
Tim Gould, Head of Energy Supply and Outlook Division, IEA presented the Outlook. The event was attended by Danae Dholakia, Minister Councilor (Prosperity) from the British Embassy, Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks at the IEA, Gao Hu, Director of the China Energy Economics Centre, Nick Bridge, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s Climate Envoy, and Yang Lei, Deputy Director of the Institute of Clean Energy at Peking University. The event was supported by the China Prosperity Fund Energy and Low Carbon Economy Program (CELCEP).