• Bogotá D.C, Colombia

  • Salerno, Italy

  • Galle, Sri Lanka

  • Songpa-gu, South Korea

Energy is the material basis for human civilization and progress and indispensable to social development. The world has an endless desire for power supply and has experienced an increasing demand for energy. However, energy will, by no means, be in endless supply.


As the pace of industrialization and urbanization speeds up, energy consumption has risen rapidly, highlighting problems of global energy shortages and environmental change. On the other hand, production capacity with strong innovation and good potential is still in short supply.


Energy security, an issue of overall and strategic importance concerning a country’s economic and social development, is vital to the nation's prosperity and development, improvement of people’s livelihood, and lasting peace and stability.


In order to reduce excessive consumption of energy resources and achieve comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable development of economy, society and environment, all countries turn to energy technology innovation and institutional innovation.


Countries across the world have stepped up the intensity of their energy conservation and emissions reduction, improving energy efficiencies, and striving to develop new and renewable energies, as well as promote the clean and efficient exploration and utilization of fossil energies.


China is pushing forward a revolution in energy production and consumption, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed.


“The sustainable development of energy hinges on technical innovation and structural reform,” Premier Li Keqiang said at the national energy committee meeting in 2016, “We should focus on the development and utilization of renewable energy, especially, making breakthroughs in sectors including new energy grid connection technology and energy storage.”


China will promote an Internet Plus energy strategy, placing great importance on the innovative development of the energy industry.


The Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (Guangzhou Award) has advocated a scientific concept of urban innovative development, by establishing an interactive platform in which a large number of cases, experiences, ideas and methodologies in areas of urban sustainable development and livable communities have been included and shared with cities around the globe. 


For example, Salerno, Italy, awarded deserving city of the first cycle of the Guangzhou Award, confronted with the situation of low energy supply, responded quickly, optimizing its energy mix, and adopted a clean, low-carbon, safe and high-efficient energy utilization pattern, featuring solar energy, biomass energy, methane and wind energy.


All these cases submitted for the Guangzhou Award tell the same truth. That all countries around the world are striving to promote an energy revolution, quickening their pace in innovating energy technology, aiming to construct a fair and complete energy market system and tackle global energy issues. 



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