Photovoltaics and China to the Energy Conference in China; source: iStock.com/Alex_Wang1

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State Secretary Rainer Baake is a guest speaker at this year's International Forum on Energy Transitions in Suzhou, China. It is the international equivalent of Germany's Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) and a major high-level energy transition discussion.

State Secretary Baake said: "We set ourselves ambitious climate change mitigation targets in Paris. In order to attain these targets and to avoid misallocated investments, we need to take the necessary decisions for a smart energy and climate policy at an early stage. Energy efficiency measures need to be implemented quickly. At the same time, there has to be a focus on the integration of renewable energy, efficient grids and a functioning electricity market. We want to continue discussing and pressing ahead with these issues with our partners."

This year's conference is taking place in Suzhou (near Shanghai) on 30 and 31 October. It is organised by China's National Energy Administration (NEA). Germany has been engaged in a close energy partnership with China since 2006. Amongst other things, Germany is helping China to build up its Chinese National Renewable Energy Center (CNREC). This think tank advises the Chinese government on how to boost the share of renewable energy whilst maintaining a stable and secure energy supply.

On the margins of the conference, State Secretary Baake will be holding bilateral talks with Chinese industry, government representatives and other partner countries. The topics range from grid expansion to power plant flexibilisation, storage technologies and renewable energy.

Further information about Germany's BETD energy transition conference can be found here.