China’s rapid shift toward a green economy will be a boon both to its domestic market and the global economy as the country’s greening process is creating new business opportunities worldwide.
“There is no doubt that the Chinese market is very interesting for us. The Chinese have all the good intentions to move ahead in the field of energy efficiency”, said Niels B. Christiansen, president and CEO of Danfoss, a Danish company that manufactures energy-efficent devices and systems.
Green growth offers new chances
China is refurbishing its economy in a green manner through the 12th Five-Year Plan that’s in place for the 2011-15 period.
Key goals in China’s greening process include replacing coal-fired plants with ones run on renewable sources such as wind energy and solar power.
The goals also involve better insulation of homes and offices to cut heating bills, combined urban heating and power networks, and more recycling. Improving the energy efficiency of production facilities and developing alternative-fuel cars also are among the plan’s objectives.
China already is the world’s largest market for wind power and is expected to be the largest market for sustainable energy by 2014.
The Chinese government, as the world’s biggest investor in sustainable energy, is ready to invest 3.6 trillion yuan ($573.2 billion) in the green sector during the 12th Five-Year Plan.
“I believe a more sustainable growth in China can turn out to be an advantage to Danish companies because of the technologies and solutions we have developed in our effort to create a green economy”, said Karsten Dybvad, CEO of the Confederation of Danish Industry.
Nis Hoeyrup Chirstensen, an advisor on Chinese affairs at the CDI and a researcher on China’s renewable energy efforts at the Copenhagen Business School, sees green growth ahead.
“In China, there is a market and a clear horizon, which the Chinese government is pretty good at showing, as it puts up both short and long term economic goals”, Chirstensen said.
CHINA DAILY – BEIJING/COPENHAGEN