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NIAS Nordic Institute of Asian Studies signs collaboration agreement with the new China National Renewable Energy Center.

As part of the opening ceremony of the new China National Renewable Energy Center (CNREC) in Beijing 24 February NIAS’ Chief Librarian Anja Møller Rasmussen will sign a memorandum of collaboration with CNREC represent by Director Wang Zhongying.

The two institutions acknowledging past collaboration and inspired by the extensive possibilities offered by international collaboration,  recognize the need to develop and nurture new partnerships and to share human and material resources, with the aim to contribute to the pool of global knowledge on renewable energy, advance the development of our respective organizations and create opportunities for a joint approach to cooperation between the Nordic countries and China in the development of renewable energy R&D systems.

In the spirit of this challenge and responsibility, the institutions acknowledge the similarities in the academic pursuits of the institutions and desire to promote inter-institutional cooperation, scientific research communications and knowledge exchange, and the mutual understanding and respect between the institutions and their staff.

As a follow-up on a year of intense collaboration the institutions therefore now join in a mutual agreement where the two Institutions shall establish and encourage mutually beneficial scientific, technological, educational and other relations based on the following activities:

1. Improving the impact of Chinese RE R&D through better research communication and uptake
2. Improving the uptake of RE research in policy and practice
3. Improving the Institutions ability to measure impact of RE R&D
4. Intake of joint research projects and exchange of staff members for the purpose of research, teaching and the presentation of special courses in their fields of specialisation.

China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) is the national institution for assisting China’s energy authorities in renewable energy (RE) policy research, and industrial management and coordination. CNREC will research RE development strategy, planning, policy and regulation; coordinate, regulate and implement industrial standardisation; keep track of the development trend for RE industry and technology; push the establishment and improvement of the system for RE technology and product testing and certificating; implement, monitor and assess national pilot projects; manage and coordinate international and regional cooperation etc.

CNREC’s establishment is an important part of the Sino-Danish Renewable Energy Development Programme, a joint effort between China and Denmark which aims a developing the RE technology and the capability of the authorities to manage the rapid development for renewable energy in China.

More information from Anja Møller Rasmussen, NIAS
amr@nias.ku.dk