How can zero-carbon island planning synergize with biodiversity?| Cooperation and exchange between CBCGDF and Jiangsu Low Carbon Institute
2023/7/3 16:08:00 本站

On June 27, 2023, the secretariat of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) held an online meeting with Jiangsu Modern Low Carbon Technology Research Institute (Jiangsu Low Carbon Institute) to discuss future cooperation. Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary General of CBCGDF, Xu Yongjun, President of Jiangsu Low Carbon Institute, Chen Xinguo, Director of the Microgrid Center, Han Yue, Director of the Global Cooperation Center, and representatives of the International Department of CBCGDF attended the meeting and had in-depth exchanges on zero-carbon island planning projects and ideas.

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Dr. Zhou Jinfeng first thanked the Jiangsu Low Carbon Institute for its invitation and expressed that CBCGDF’s willingness to participate in the work related to zero-carbon island planning. He pointed out that promoting green and low-carbon should be guided by the concept of ecological civilization, combined with the synergistic effect of biodiversity, and based on green and high-quality development, in order to achieve low-carbon and zero-carbon goals.

For example, planting trees and afforestation in the coastal wetland of Dongtan Port Area in Nanhui, Shanghai, is absolutely wrong because it damages the ecological function and value of the original coastal wetland. While pursuing low-carbon goals, biodiversity cannot be sacrificed. Another example is the large-scale reclamation construction of Ocean Flower Island in Hainan, which is an outcome of industrial civilization, but a regret that should be avoided in the era of ecological civilization because it has caused a large number of deaths of corals and mussels. Therefore, in order to make the zero-carbon island planning a global demonstration and leading project, it is recommended that Jiangsu Low Carbon Institute always pay close attention to the impact on local biodiversity in the planning and fully consider it as an integral factor.

CBCGDF and Jiangsu Low Carbon Institute then discussed specific project details. Dr. Zhou Jinfeng introduced the five biodiversity related standards issued by CBCGDF, explained the boundaries of biodiversity assessment and investigation. He also emphasized that one of the ultimate goals of addressing climate change is to conserve biodiversity, with lucid waters and lush mountains being the top priority. At the same time, when judging whether a work (such as supporting work for energy transformation) is suitable for implementation, it is important to compare the results with the current situations, rather than using a single and rigid standard.

At the end of the meeting, both parties expressed gratitude to each other and will conduct further discussions on potential cooperation in the near future.

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