HEADLINE Sustainable transformation key to China's future: Volvo Forum

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Sustainable transformation key to China's future: Volvo Forum

By Han Xiaomeng | People's Daily app

08:24, February 05, 2018

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Photo: He Jiankun, Vice Chairman of National Experts Panel on Climate Change. Former Vice President of Tsinghua University

Beijing (People's Daily app) - Climate change is one of the major threats underlying sustainable development around the globe.

"The Paris Agreement proposed to cut global carbon emissions by 40 billion tons in 2030, and right now it is still falling short by 15 billion tons," said He Jiankun, Vice Chairman of National Experts Panel on Climate Change.

He's comments were made at the Volvo Group Sustainability Forum in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in conjunction with the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018 Guangzhou Stopover.

The forum's theme, "Racing towards Sustainable Transformation", serves to establish a platform for experts and KOLs from the government, academia, leading NGOs and business elites, where they can share the best practices and have in-depth discussions on sustainability and innovation agenda.

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Photo: Claes Svedberg, President of Volvo China Investment Co.

To combine this year's Volvo Ocean Race with the concept of sustainable development, all boats will be wind-powered.

"This year's race is also dedicated to the protection of the ocean environment," said Claes Svedberg, President of Volvo China Investment Co.

Against this backdrop, topics at the forum are even more diverse than last year, ranging from technology innovation, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, ocean environment and sustainable management in global events.

Keynote speakers will offer recommendations on the future of China's sustainable development.

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Photo: Kenneth Fok, Honorary Chairman of the Volvo Ocean Race Guangzhou Stopover, Vice President of Henry Fok Ying Tung Group

"To get more Guangzhou residents involved in sporting events, the city needs to build green communities, with approachable infrastructures for residents to participate in activities," said Kenneth Fok, Vice President of Henry Fok Ying Tung Group during his keynote address. "Innovation therefore plays a key role in facilitating sustainable development. We not only need a green city life but also a smart city life," Fok later added.

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Photo: Liu Yanhua, Counselor of the State Council and former Vice Minister of Science and Technology

Liu Yanhua, Counselor of the State Council and former Vice Minister of Science and Technology said, "China cannot only rely on resources, labor and capital to achieve solid growth, but also utilize the power of technology innovation. All innovation products should adhere to the principles of sustainable development."

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Photo: Niklas Gustaffson, Chief Sustainability Officer of Volvo Group

"As the host of the forum, developing sustainable transport solutions that are automatic, electric and interconnected are essential," said Niklas Gustaffson, Chief Sustainability Officer of Volvo Group. 

Gustaffson noted that the company hopes it can play a role in China's economic transformation and sustainable development by forging partnerships with Chinese corporations.

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