China’s energy sector was one of its earliest to internationalise, primarily through strategic acquisition of overseas assets, including in the North Sea. Today, in addition to conventional assets, Chinese companies are also on the hunt for renewable energy assets and emerging technologies in this field.

This is tied to China’s ongoing domestic energy transition, but increasingly includes cross-border considerations with e.g. major plans for international grid interconnectivity. With over-supply in certain sub-sectors of the Chinese energy market, the Belt & Road Initiative equally serves as an opportunity to utilise this industrial might in less developed energy markets throughout the region.

This session will explore how utilisation of renewable energy and low-carbon solutions can help to build emerging energy markets from Laos to Estonia on a sustainable footing.

Key questions to be addressed:

  • How can the latency issues exposed in China’s own development of renewables infrastructure be avoided in expanding this through Central Asia?
  • What experience can be drawn from European energy reform and transition to help support this?
  • How can companies get involved in brokering such energy deals?
  • What emerging technologies are best fitted to take the lead in sustainable energy infrastructure