China - CEE Countries Strengthen Clean Energy Cooperation

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Invested by China National Machinery IMP.&EXP. Corp of China General Technology (Group) Holding to build a 100 MW photovoltaic power plant (PV plant) project in Kaposvar, Hungary, which was officially launched recently. The project is expected to generate 130 million kilowatts of electricity per year, save 45,000 tons of standard coal and reduce 120,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions after it is connected to the grid.

The Kaposvar PV plant is the largest PV plant in Hungary in terms of installed capacity. Palkovics, Hungary's Minister of Innovation and Science said, "Co-construction of the Belt and  Road Initiative and Hungary's 'opening up to the east' policy are highly compatible, and the  Kaposvar photovoltaic power plant is the cooperation between Hungary and China in the field of clean energy. The key project is of great significance for improving Hungary's energy structure and promoting clean energy development."

Due to the high proportion of coal in the energy mix, CEE countries generally face the challenge of energy transition, which will also be the key to whether the EU can achieve its carbon neutrality target. The CEE countries have set their own emission reduction targets and energy transition tasks, and are vigorously investing in clean energy such as hydrogen and nuclear energy, light energy and wind energy. Many Chinese enterprises have actively participated in the energy transition of CEE countries, and many Chinese new energy vehicle, lithium battery and auto parts manufacturers have set up factories in CEE. A large number of green, low-carbon, eco-friendly and popular clean energy projects have been steadily promoted, with projects such as the Mozura wind power plant in Montenegro, the Pan?evo combined cycle power plant in Serbia and the Dabar hydropower plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina completed or started construction, bringing huge economic and environmental benefits to the local communities.

In February this year, after one year of construction, the first batch of four photovoltaic power plant projects in Poland invested and acquired by China-CEE Fund were officially completed and connected to the grid. The projects not only meet the electricity demand of more than 9,000 households in Poland, but also create more than 300 jobs for Poland during the epidemic. Poland's Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka said, "By 2040, half of Poland's installed power generation capacity should be zero-emission. We hope that Chinese companies will actively participate in the development of Poland's clean energy industry and look for mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation opportunities."

"China has made great progress in the development of green industries in recent years, and cooperation in green industries and clean energy is one of the key elements of cooperation between CEE countries and China, which will also directly benefit the people of the relevant countries. We hope that both sides can establish more dialogue mechanisms for energy cooperation in the future, exchange experiences in green industry and environmental protection, explore more energy transition paths and cooperation models, and jointly achieve their respective emission reduction tasks and goals." Marek Hrubeck, Director of the Center for Globalization Studies of the Czech Academy of Sciences, said.

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