Special Session 8

Energy Transition Strategies, and Environmental and Climatic Benefits of Pushing Forward Net Zero Target
Dr Xuran Ivan Li, Executive Director, China Galaxy Financial Holdings Company Limited, Hong Kong Honorary Secretary, Hong Kong Association of Energy Service Companies Member, FSDC Working Group on Carbon Market Opportunities Visiting Lecturer, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Visiting Lecturer, Hong Kong Institute of Technology
Professor Hai Guo, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Assist. Prof. Youwei Jia, Department of EEE, University Key Laboratory of Advanced Wireless Communication of Guangdong Province, Southern University of Science and Technology

Technical Outline of the Session and Topics:

Facing global warming, human is thriving to limit the global temperature rising to no higher than 1.5oC to fight climate change. And more and more countries have pledged to move to net zero carbon emission target. Currently, fossil fuels meet up 85% of global energy demand, and energy-related greenhouse gas emission is the main reason of causing global warming. Therefore, more and more countries around the world are positively implementing energy transition strategies. Achieving net-zero emissions would require major changes in energy production and use and increased removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Besides technological strategies, policy and economic measures, such as carbon pricing mechanism, will also play important roles in realizing net zero emission. Pushing forward net zero emission target, it can not only alleviate potential climate risks, but also bring us eco-environmental benefits by reducing relevant pollutants emissions. In this special session, we invite the submission of original research articles, reviews, communications, and industrial cases on the following specific areas or related topics, we hope it can provide best practice for key industries and shed light on new trends for power generation and smart grid operation.

The specific of interest topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Transition strategies of coal-impacted regions and cities.
    • Viable technology solutions for energy transition.
    • Techno-economic analyses of energy transition strategies.
    • Socioeconomic impacts of the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
    • Low-carbon transition implications for the energy sector.
    • Energy transition opportunities in industry, transportation, and the building and energy sectors.
    • Policies, planning, and institutions needed to enable energy transition.
    • Market mechanisms to accelerate energy transition.
    • Impacts of energy transition on energy security, economic growth, and climate sustainability.
    • The role of international institutions, long-term investors, multilateral banks, governments, private sector investors, and philanthropies in facilitating energy transition.
    • Ecological restoration in coal regions.
    • Air quality improvement potential of energy transition.
    • Carbon dioxide emission reduction potential of smart grids.