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Minister Lintilä to discuss energy cooperation with Director of China’s National Energy Administration

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 4.11.2020 9.00
Press release
Elinkeinoministeri Mika Lintilä seisoo portaikossa ja nojaa kaiteeseen.

A virtual meeting between Mika Lintilä, Minister of Economic Affairs, and Zhang Jianhua, Director of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), will take place on Thursday, 5 November 2020. They will discuss the development of the energy sector in both countries, the current state of cooperation and the prospects for the future.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the NEA will accelerate cooperation between Finland and China in the field of energy by holding a ministerial meeting. Minister Mika Lintilä and Director Zhang Jianhua will discuss renewable energy solutions and other topics.

“Finland has long cooperated with China in the energy sector and has built a reputation as a provider of clean solutions. It is necessary to promote this cooperation in a practical way in the future,” Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä says.

For both parties, the introduction of energy technology solutions has been an interesting area of cooperation both from economic and environmental viewpoints. Similarly to Finland, China has announced its intention to achieve carbon neutrality. China aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions starting at 2030 and to become carbon neutral by 2060. This creates an opportunity for Finnish companies, because energy technology plays an important role in reducing emissions.

Clean energy, intelligent energy systems and innovations at the heart of cooperation

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the NEA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2017, which has laid the foundation for cooperation between Finland and China. The MOU, which was updated in June 2020, includes the themes of clean energy, intelligent energy systems and innovations in energy technology.

Business Finland and the Chinese energy sector institute EPPEI have coordinated the energy cooperation between China and Finland at a practical level. Other companies and actors have also participated in the cooperation. Business Finland currently supports the internationalisation of Finnish companies through the Smart Energy programme.

Inquiries:
Nina Alatalo, Adviser to the Minister of Economic Affairs (EU and international affairs), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 7171
Juho Korteniemi, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 7054 Mikko Puustinen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 7144

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