On 25 September, Edward Davey, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) visited Shanghai.
Edward Davey’s visit aims to explore additional opportunities to thicken bilateral cooperation on energy and strengthen efforts to promote low carbon growth.
Shanghai is the second stop for Secretary of State Edward Davey during his four day trip in China. In Shanghai, he witnessed the BREEAM certification of the flagship redevelopment on the north Bund. He also delivered a speech at Fudan University to mark the ongoing and strengthening collaboration between Fudan and the UK Tyndall centre.
In his speech at Fudan University, he said:
One of the main reasons for my visit is to celebrate and deepen the partnership our two countries have forged on tackling climate change. China and the UK face similar challenges and we are both committed to addressing climate change. Working together, we can achieve these transformations more quickly and efficiently.
China and Shanghai, its leading commercial centre, are increasingly important for our prosperity, just as western markets matter to Shanghai. Yet the impact of climate change, pressing resource and other environmental pressures requires a shift away from business as usual.
Indeed, we have already seen a concerted effort taken by many countries, including the UK and China. These policy developments are creating real opportunities for the Britain and China to do more together.
Media reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, emphasizing that Edward Davey’s visit demonstrates the UK’s willingness to further cooperate with China on various themes. TV footage on the influential Phoenix TV includes shots of the ceremony, exposure for GREAT and an exclusive interview detailing the UK’s expectation to further cooperate with China on energy projects. A further five mainstream newspaper reports helped highlight the impact of this particular visit.