China’s CPC Central Committee focuses on new energy technology and energy security

President Xi

2nd March 2024 – (Beijing) The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee recently held its 12th group study session, which centred on the topics of new energy technology and China’s energy security. Presiding over the session, Xi Jinping, the general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, emphasized the crucial role of energy security in overall economic and social development. Recognizing the global consensus on the importance of developing clean energy and promoting green and low-carbon transitions, Xi called for seizing opportunities and intensifying efforts to ensure the high-quality development of new energy in China. By doing so, China can secure a safe and reliable energy supply, contribute to its modernization goals, and make significant strides towards building a clean and beautiful world.

During the session, Professor Liu Jizhen, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering and director of the State Key Laboratory of Alternate Electrical Power System with Renewable Energy Sources, delivered a lecture and provided valuable insights on the subject matter. Members of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau actively listened and engaged in discussions.

In his address following the lecture and discussions, Xi highlighted China’s progress in establishing a new type of energy system since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012. This system has not only strengthened the foundation for energy security but also provided robust support for the country’s economic and social development. However, Xi acknowledged that China still faces challenges in energy resource development, including high pressure from energy demand and multiple constraints on energy supply, alongside the imperative of achieving a green and low-carbon transition. To address these challenges head-on, Xi stressed the need to vigorously promote the development of new energy resources.

Xi emphasised that China possesses abundant resources in wind power and photovoltaics, offering immense potential for the development of new energy. Through continuous efforts and accumulated experience, China has become a global leader in new energy technologies and equipment manufacturing. The country boasts the world’s largest environmentally clean power supply system, and its new-energy vehicles, lithium batteries, and photovoltaic products exhibit high competitiveness in the international market. China has laid a solid foundation for the development of new energy resources, playing a significant role in driving global energy transformation and responding to climate change.

Xi underscored the importance of ensuring the simultaneous development of new energy and national energy security. He emphasized the need for detailed planning, strong top-level design, and comprehensive consideration to achieve coordinated development within the energy sector. Balancing the relationship between new energy and traditional energy, as well as addressing the interests of different regions, governments, markets, and energy conservation and utilization, are crucial for promoting the high-quality development of new energy.

Xi stressed the need to focus on global frontiers in energy science and technology, particularly key fields and major needs within the sector. He called for choosing the right path for technological innovation, leveraging the strength of the new system to mobilise national resources, and achieving breakthroughs in core technologies and key fields. Furthermore, Xi emphasized the importance of applying scientific research outcomes to develop energy technology and related industries, which will serve as a new growth driver for China’s industrial upgrading and the development of new productive forces.

Addressing the infrastructure needs for new energy, Xi emphasised the importance of building a robust network that supports its growth. This includes advancing the intelligent transformation of power grid infrastructure and the construction of smart microgrids, which will enhance the grid’s capability to integrate, distribute, and regulate clean energy. Additionally, accelerating the development of a charging infrastructure network to support the rapid growth of new energy vehicles is crucial.

Xi also emphasised the need to deepen international cooperation in new energy technology innovation. This entails advancing cooperation along the new energy industrial chain in an orderly manner and establishing a model of win-win cooperation for green and low-carbon energy transition. Furthermore, Xi highlighted the importance of actively participating in the transformation of international energy governance and promoting the establishment of a global energy governance system that is fair, just, balanced, and inclusive.