Jinko chairman to address UK-China energy summit

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The chairman of Jinko Solar, Xiande Li, will address an energy summit organised by the Chinese and UK governments during a state visit in London.

Premier Xi Jinping starts a four-day tour of the UK on Tuesday. The energy event has been arranged by UK energy and climate change minister Amber Rudd and Noor Bekri, head of the Chinese Energy Bureau. Li will be the only representative of the Chinese solar manufacturing industry on the trip.

According to Jinko, the aim of the event is “to strengthen the UK and China’s renewable energy collaboration in a cost-effective way, while preparing for the upcoming Paris Climate Summit”.

Li will make a speech about the current state of China’s PV industry and present a roadmap for the future of PV technology and the its global deployment.

“China and the UK have already established a productive collaboration in the PV energy field through business, academics and government. The ‘Sino-UK Energy Dialogue’ is an opportunity for both countries to continue the development of PV technologies, while working together to ensure a stable climate system,” said Li.

The event could present an opportunity for China to urge the UK to push for the removal of the minimum import price (MIP) and the European trade duties that triggered its creation.

The European Commission is currently deciding whether to investigate the need for an extension of existing trade duties on Chinese products or permit the existing measures to expire in December.

Most press coverage of the visit has focused on the nuclear energy deal expected to close soon that will see China invest in new reactors in the UK. But a report published at the end of last week by the UK-based Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) highlighted the other opportunities open to UK companies to export goods and expertise in other low carbon industries to China.

“Virtually all the talk is around the Hinkley and Bradwell nuclear deals; and although the delegations are talking about issues such as wind, solar and tidal power, the government isn’t choosing to highlight the fact,” said Richard Black, director of the UK-based Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU). “If UK firms don’t leap in here, someone else surely will, because all the signals show that China is open for business.”

A much-vaunted £400 million (US$620 million) deal between ZN Shine and MAP Environmental in June 2014 came to nothing. ZN Shine has since pulled out of the European market, been removed from the MIP agreement and seen its European chief accused of fraud, accusations he denies.

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