HEFEI, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- An
international forum took place in east China's Anhui Province on Tuesday
to discuss the opportunity of renewable energy against the backdrop of
the COVID-19 outbreak.
Forum of International Finance and Advanced Technology of Renewable
Energy, held in Hefei, capital of Anhui, was attended by some 200
government officials, experts and entrepreneurs from 11 countries.
COVID-19 pandemic brought the issue of sustainability front and
center," said Awaidha Murshed Ali Al Marar, chairman of Abu Dhabi's
Department of Energy.
around the world instituted lockdowns and restrictions on movement,
prompting people to spend most of their time at home, demand for energy
and water in households skyrocketed. This underlined the need to find
more sustainable sources to supply this energy and to increase renewable
energy's share of the energy mix," said the official.
is urgent for countries worldwide to revive the economy while fighting
the pandemic, and the major economies have prioritized the development
of renewable energy when launching economic recovery plans, said Zhai
Dongsheng from the National Development and Reform Commission.
is striving to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon
neutrality by 2060. It also aims to increase the share of non-fossil
fuels in primary energy consumption to around 25 percent and bring its
total installed capacity of wind and solar power to over 1.2 billion