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CGN attends 25th UN Climate Change Conference


CGN attended the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference that was held in Madrid, capital of Spain, from Dec 2 to 13.

Nearly 30,000 representatives from 196 countries around the globe attended the conference. UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivered a speech at the opening ceremony, stressing the urgency of the climate crisis, as well as imploring all countries to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and embrace the green economy.

CGN took part in the Nuclear Energy Development and Climate Change side meeting hosted by the Chinese National Energy Administration and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Department of Nuclear Energy with the first biodiversity report in the nuclear power industry. Company representatives also made a keynote speech.

The meeting, which aimed to discuss the positive role of nuclear power in tackling climate change, was open to governments, media, universities, research institutes, and non-governmental organizations. CGN shared its concept of “natural energy powering nature” and “ecological nuclear power,” as well as detailed the story behind the Biodiversity Conservation Report of CGN’s Daya Bay Nuclear Power Base.

According to the report, the 10-square-kilometer land area of the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Base is abundant in wildlife. A 15-year investigation of the area by volunteers and surveys by experts from third-party environmental organization found more than 200 kinds of plants and animals on the land and surrounding water areas. Eight of them are animals and plants under state key protection, including oriental garden lizards, white egrets, cattle egrets, crested goshawks, common buzzards, Indian scops owls, and mucuna birdwoodiana.

In addition, seven species of stony corals under second-class state protection live in the surrounding sea area of the nuclear power base. The 11 kilometers of winding coastline provides them ideal harbor.

Daya Bay Nuclear Power Base not only strives to provide safe, stable, and environmentally friendly clean energy, but also carries out long-term terrestrial biological protection, marine biological protection, and habitat protection to achieve symbiosis with the surrounding natural and social environments.

Participating in biodiversity conservation and building ecological nuclear power exemplifies China’s efforts to carry out low-carbon action against climate change. The country has evolved from a participant and contributor to a leader in environmental protection, said Tu Ruihe, chief representative of the United Nations Environment Programme’s China Office.

In recent years, China has taken many measures to cope with climate change. In 2018, its carbon emissions per unit of GDP dropped by 45.8 percent from 2005, while non-fossil energy accounted for 14.3 percent of primary energy consumption. Chinese renewable energy investment and accumulated carbon dioxide emission reduction ranked first in the world.

A major force in national ecological civilization construction, CGN is committed to the development of clean energy and environmental protection. Its current installed capacity of clean energy projects exceeds 53 GWh, with 24 in-service nuclear power units maintaining safe and stable operation. In September, CGN released its first global sustainability report in Paris, which noted that CGN produced 220.5 TWh in 2018, equivalent to reducing 160 million tons of carbon dioxide and planting more than 440,000 hectares of forest.