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2015 28th Issue: Irene Giner-Reichl: Government Subsidies are Needed in Renewable Energy Application

Irene Giner-Reichl: Austrian Ambassador to China

I'd like to share my views on the 2014 Global Renewable Energy Report since I'm part of an executive committee in this regard.

According to the Global Renewable Energy Report, power generation fuelled by renewable energy from 2004 to 2013 quadrupled and technical costs reduced. Now positive results have been seen in energy innovation and transformation. China has also taken a leading role in this regard. Besides, I believe that government should play a significant role in taking actions. For instance, some energy goals and policies ought to be formulated to encourage application of renewable energy to heating and cooling.

Renewable energy can become a pillar in low-carbon and green economic sector. In China, there are three cities doing a good job in renewable energy application in construction. Shanghai enjoys some energy-efficient buildings; Taipei has formulated a renewable energy plan that by 2020, 100% application of renewable energy would be ensured; Hong Kong SAR sets a goal that by 2030, proportion of thermal power generation would decrease by 10%.

I also have some experience in Austria to share with you in building smart cities. By realizing energy efficiency in construction, we have designed strict and good construction standards and provided government subsidies for household heating to help raise energy efficiency.

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