The objective of this online workshop is to identify innovative EU solutions to benefit the energy Transition in China, building on climate commitments and European business experience and pointing the way for European businesses to enter the Chinese market as set out in the ECECP Joint Statement of April 2019.


The EU has a mature incubator eco-system to ensure the right ideas are discovered, supported and put into practice either as start-ups or through integration into established actors in the sector. From this ongoing process many European organisations have been able to successfully bring the latest techniques to the market. The workshop will inform ECECP reports and action plans by helping to answer

Which innovative techniques and business models are needed in China?

How can the developers and owners of required tech introduce their solutions into the Chinese sector to benefit all and support global climate ambitions?

The workshop is broken into four sessions. Each lasting 90-minutes and featuring an expert panel comprising voices from business, the European Commission and independents. For this first workshop, the four sessions are as follows:

1. Optimising the innovation eco-system
2. Wind power
3. Hydrogen
4. Barriers, levelling the playing field for International businesses in China

THE CONFERENCE IS IN ENGLISH (Simultaneous translation from English to Chinese available, please mark on registration form if required)

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Day One: November 17, 2020

Session One: Optimising the Innovation Eco-system
09:00 to 10:30

What does the prospect of China becoming carbon neutral by 2060 mean? For the world and to innovative energy solutions providers from the EU. Where is innovation required, do you have the experience and expertise to provide it, what are the challenges from your point of view?

Interview: Cristina Lobillo Borrero
Director of Energy Policy, DG ENER

Cristina Lobillo Borrero has a degree in Law and post-graduate courses on Economics, European Union Law and management and leadership in the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles), the Spanish School of Diplomats, the European Commission and Harvard Business School. Since 2004 she has been an official in the European Commission where she has worked on Agriculture and Trade policies and from 2014 to 2019 she was Head of Cabinet to the ex-Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete. From December 2019 to June 2020, she has been Principal Adviser in DG AGRI and since 16 June, she is Director for Energy Policy in DG ENER in the European Commission


Dolf Gielen
Director, IRENA

Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC)

Dolf Gielen is IRENA Director for Innovation and Technology since 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience with energy transition strategy development and implementation as well as technology policy in an international context. He has a PhD from Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlan


Charlotte Roule

Charlotte Roule is CEO of ENGIE China and Vice President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. She has 20+ years of experience in the energy sector. In China, her focus is to develop renewable infrastructure and clean energy solutions such as district cooling or EV charging.

Patrick Child

Patrick Child
Deputy Director General, DG RTD

Patrick CHILD is Deputy Director General in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission. He leads the policy for implementation, impact & sustainable investment strategies and is acting Director for the Clean Planet. This Directorate provides support to EU energy, transport, environmental, health, climate and industrial policies, promoting clean, reliable and secure energy production and use, safe and cleaner transport and urban systems as well as cleaner industry. As a member of the Board of DG Research and Innovation, he follows in particular research and innovation into climate action and clean energy and mobility technologies, and is the Commission representative of Mission Innovation (a coalition of 23 countries and the European Union, committed to doubling research in clean energy by 2020) and in the International Group of Earth Observations (GEO)


Matthew James (Moderator)
Managing Director, ENERGY POST

Matthew has been working in energy communications for the past 11 years, first as Managing Director of Synergy, the organisers of European Utility Week and then, since 2014, at Energy Post. Energy Post is read by over 50,000 energy professionals every month. It is technology neutral, offering a platform to experts from all sectors of the energy transition wishing to get their knowledge out there. Innovation is at the heart of our reports.

Sessions One Timings

09.00 – Interview (objectives)
09.10 – Panel discussion
09.50 – Delegate insights and further interactive discussion
10.20 – Moderator’s wrap

Session Two: Wind and Renewable Power 10:45 to12:15

Wind and Solar are the engine of China’s power generation revolution with huge capacities installed and more and more required. High quality, innovative, affordable equipment is in demand and further, integration is a real challenge in terms of smart grids and market design. What are your concerns as a prospective service provider or investor?

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Interview: Paula Abreu-Marques, Head of Unit Renewables and CCS, DG ENER

Mrs Abreu Marques heads the Commission’s work in renewable energy policy and has recently coordinated the preparation of the 2020 Energy System Integration and the Hydrogen Strategies. Previously, she was heading the Unit responsible for “International Energy Relations and Enlargement”. She graduated in economics at the Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon, and has a master in European economics by the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium


Lisa Ryan (Moderator)
Assistant Professor Energy Economics, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

Lisa is an assistant professor in energy economics in UCD School of Economics and the Energy Institute. She is also a Board Member of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Previously, she was the senior energy economist in the Energy Efficiency Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris


Kaare Sandholt

Chief Expert at the energy policy think tank China National Renewable Energy Centre within Energy Research Institute (ERI)under NDRC. International coordinator of the ERI “Boosting RE in China” program and co-editor of China Renewable Energy Outlook, the annual publication from CNREC with comprehensive energy system scenarios for the Chinese energy system. Worked with integration of renewable energy in China since 2009


Jan Steinkohl
Policy Officer, Renewables, DG ENER

Jan Steinkohl works as a policy officer in directorate general for energy of the European Commission. In the unit responsible for renewable energy and CCS policy, he was among other things part of the team that worked on the recast of the renewable energy directive


Hubert Beaumont

Hubert has 15+ years of professional experience in the cleantech sector in China, establishing partnerships, building teams, leading business development, due diligences and sourcing projects between Asia, the EU and the US. Currently CEO of Azure International, a boutique advisory and investment firm with its main office in Beijing, Hubert leads a team of analysts and engineers in supporting western investors and technology providers entering the Chinese clean energy markets

Weiqing Liu

LIU Weiqing
Director, ARKEMA Changsu R&D Centre

Joined Arkema in 2012 with a masters degree in polymer from ESPCI and Ph.D in material science and engineering in CEMEF of MINES Paristech. Since then occupied various positions in new product development and product stewardship. He started leading Changshu R&D center in 2020.

Sessions Two Timings

10.45 – Introduction by moderator (objectives)
10.55 – Presentation: case study 
11.05 – Panel discussion
11.35 – Delegate insights and further interactive discussion
12.05 – Moderator’s wrap

Day Two: November 18, 2020

Session Three: Hydrogen
09:00 to 10:30

“China is the largest hydrogen producer in the world, and production, storage, distribution and end use of hydrogen is expected to grow at an exponential rate. The share of hydrogen in Europe’s energy mix is also projected to grow, and a European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, representing over 100 European companies, has been launched to facilitate a robust investment agenda. Our interactive panel will explore the business opportunities for cutting edge actors from Europe in investing throughout the hydrogen supply chain in China”

Gokce Mete, moderator, SEI


Gokce Mete (Moderator)
Research Fellow, Industry Transition, SEI (Stockholm Environment Institute)

Gokce is an energy sector professional, qualified lawyer, academic and consultant with a decade of experience focused on climate change, energy and natural resources law and policy. At the SEI, she is the Evidence for Action Lead of the Leadership Group for the Industry Transition initiative that explores how policy, finance and business practices in hard-to-abate industry sectors can be aligned to achieve climate neutrality consistent with Paris Agreement and the latest scientific evidence from the IPCC. Gokce is also Head of Research and Academic Engagement of “Women in Energy, Climate and Sustainability Foundation” and team member of the Women in Green Hydrogen


Mickael Naouri
Corporate Affairs Director, AIR LIQUIDE
(Shanghai Chair, European Union Chamber of Commerce, Energy Working Group)

Based in China for the past 8 years, having been working within Air Liquide for the last 5 years. Initially focusing on petrochemical and energy markets and over the last two years in charge of the hydrogen business line overseeing marketing activities and strategy elaboration for Asia Pacific area


Joachim von Scheele
Global Director Commercialisation, LINDE PLC

Joined the industrial gases industry in 1996 and served in different management roles around the world. The last nine years in India as VP South Asia and in China heading Application Sales for Asia-Pacific. Heavily engaged in driving the sustainability agenda in co-operating with Linde’s customers. Published 200+ papers on energy and emission conservation, recycling, and production


Tudor Constantinescu
Principle Advisor to the Director General, DG ENER

Principal Advisor to the Director General , DG ENER, the European Commission - working on energy priorities and initiatives related to Hydrogen. Previously, he held different positions including founding Executive Director at BPI Europe and president of the Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation. He has degrees in economics and engineer as well as a PhD on regulatory economics in the energy sector

Sessions Three Timings

09.00 – SESSION THREE: Introduction by moderator (objectives)
09.10 – Presentation: case study
09.20 – Panel discussion
09.50 – Delegate insights and further interactive discussion
10.20 – Moderator’s wrap

Session Four:
Overcoming Trade Barriers
10:45 to12:15

The final session will dig deep into the issue of “barriers” to market entry. With expertise on hand to clarify how China has modified conditions, you can appraise yourself of the information you need to help you assess investment prospects. Regulatory frameworks, transparency, payment terms, level playing field, data and IP/patent issues – you should have a better understanding of the risk profiles through this workshop.


Adrian Palmer (Moderator)

Adrian has over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector, advising on regulation and policy, market analysis, and trading and risk management. He recently commenced a project to develop policy recommendations for the Jiangsu regional power market, under the UK government’s China Energy and Low Carbon Economy Programme

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Guido D. Giacconi
Chairman, Energy Working Group, EU CHAMBER of COMMERCE, CHINA

Co-Founder and Chairman at In3act Business Strategy Advisors, National Chair European Union Chamber of Commerce in China since 2017, former Vice Chairman of the China-Italy Chamber of Commerce. In China since 2006, expert of business strategies across multiple industries, advisor to international and Chinese MNCs and Governments


Thomas Keller

Thomas Keller joined Vestas Wind Systems A/S in February 2014, and served as Senior Vice President Group Risk & Compliance for 4 years. From 2018, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Vestas China until July 2019 when he started as President of Vestas China. Prior to joining Vestas, Thomas Keller built his career at KPMG, Ernst & Young and Danfoss A/S. Thomas Keller holds a Master’s degree in Law from University of Copenhagen. Thomas Keller is a Danish national but is currently living in Beijing


Dr. Maurizio Bragagni

Dr Maurizio Bragagni is CEO of Tratos Ltd, the manufacturing division of global cable maker Tratos Group. Tratos is an innovative international cable producer with factories in the UK and Italy, offices in five continents and customers worldwide, servicing the power, transport, shipping, communications and oil and gas industries. With turnover in excess of €350 million, it is one of the world’s largest independent cable manufacturers and is involved in many high-profile and technologically- advanced projects across the globe


Adeline Hinderer
Head of Unit, DG TRADE

Adeline Hinderer leads the team in charge of trade relations with China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, and Mongolia. The role includes implementing the trade agreements with Japan and Korea, setting priorities, managing high level economic dialogues and generally overseeing all aspects of trade policy with the region

Sessions Four Timings

10.45 – SESSION FOUR: Introduction by moderator (objectives)
10.55 – Presentation: Creating a level playing field – major actor explores issues
11.05 – Panel discussion
11.35 – Delegate insights and further interactive discussion
12.05 – Moderator’s wrap


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