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            Fill Two Needs with One Deed
            Source: http://www.cn.undp.org. Author: Journalist 2016-06-20

            A high-level forum on China's green development and poverty reduction was held in Beijing. Themed "Biomass Energy- Industrial Poverty Alleviation", this forum aimed to generate discussion and share experience amongst the public and private sectors, on promoting the development of clean energy, such as biomass, to address pressing issues, in particular poverty alleviation, and help China with the smooth transition to a green economy.


            Traditional biomass, such as straw and animal waste have been used as the primary power source for cooking and heating in rural areas for thousands of years. As a renewable resource which has potential for decentralized production, biomass is an important resource for combating climate change. Compared to other renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and hydro, biomass has a tighter linkage towards farmers' livelihoods. It can be easily acquired and utilized in rural areas, therefore, over half of the population in the world who live in rural areas could be positively impacted by biomass energy development.


            In his opening remarks, Patrick Haverman, Deputy Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China noted that "in the 2015 No.1 National Document, converting farm residues to energy, the goal of improving the agro-environment in China was attached with great importance. Therefore, it is particularly important for us to be here today and discussing how we can utilize biomass to help with improving rural livelihoods while protecting our environment.”


            UNDP has been working on promoting the development and better utilization of renewable energy, such as biomass, in China since 1990s in collective efforts with the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE). Through the process, UNDP has witnessed the nation's progress in its development of renewable energy, for which China has become a world leader.


            Together with Kaidi Environment, one of the biomass energy industrial leaders in China, a UNDP initiative on "China's Sustainable Bio-Energy Development Demonstration Project”has been successfully implemented since 2014, which aims to develop a replicable biomass material production and supply system in Guangxi. The project will improve the utilization of renewable energy resources while bringing benefits to the local communities.