Through financial and technological support from Denmark, China has established its first national think tank. The China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) will be responsible for researching and promoting programs and policies in renewable energy development. It will also look to drafting industrial standards and carrying out international cooperative programs.
The centre has been backed by the National Energy Bureau with the support of the National Development and Reform Commission.
“In China, developing policies and strategies for renewable energy is a complex task because government leaders have to weigh all aspects to ensure that it will benefit the entire country,” said Wang Zhongying, director of the new centre. “That is not to say that our government doesn't have the courage to make policy, rather, a strong think tank can provide solid research to support policy-makers.”
Friis Arnen Petersen, ambassador of Denmark to China, said the opening of CNREC is not only a breakthrough in China's road towards green growth, but also a milestone in cooperation between China and Denmark in renewable energy.