Launch of the GEF DevCom FCV Project
Beijing---Aiming to facilitating the commercial production and application of fuel cell vehicles in China over the next four years, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Global Environment Facility (GEF) project “Accelerating the Development and Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles in China” was officially launched in Beijing.
The newly launched project is the continuation of a decade-long UNDP initiative to develop fuel cell vehicles together with Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). The GEF supported programme has been working on utilizing the innovative solution of hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles to help mitigate the impacts of climate change and improve the lives of many in China.
Fuel cell buses were used as commuter and VIP reception vehicles during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (three buses) and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo (six buses), achieving 262,338 km in service mileage and serving of total of 126,586 passengers.
Currently China’s great dependency on fossil fuels to drive social and economic development has resulted in many environmental hazards and accounts for a large proportion of its CO2 emissions. Hydrogen, as a clean energy solution that can be produced from various renewable energy resources, has Zero emissions after combustion and offers a sustainable and clean alternative to fossil fuels.
The Government of China has seen the importance of transforming the transportation sector to become more sustainable, as Ms. Jiang Yingjin from the Department of International Economic and Financial cooperation of MOF noted, the government have issued a series of favourable subside policies including the 2016-2020 Financial Support Policy on Promoting the Application of New Energy Vehiclesto support the development of fuel cell vehicles.
However, to fully realize the commercialization of FCV in China there are many challenges to overcome. The third phase project launched today will work on addressing the problems including a lack of advanced FCV technologies, hydrogen fuel infrastructure, policy and legal framework support, as well as key stakeholders and public’s knowledge and awareness.
“Such ambitious goals could not be achieved by one party along.” Pointed out by Mr. Patrick Haverman, Deputy Country Director of UNDP China, “The public-private partnerships formulated through this project, will be a crucial supplement, to leverage available resources and collaborate like-minded partners to expand the impact of the project.” The project will be working together with private enterprises like SAIC, Yutong, BAIC Motor to pilot FCV in 5 demonstration cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Foshan city in Guangzhou Province, Zhenzhou city in Henan Province and Yancheng city in Jiangsu Province.
UNDP has been actively promoting hydrogen-based clean energy solution. Aside from the FCV project just launched, UNDP has initiated the China Hydrogen Economy Pilot in Rugao, which works on exploring the potential ways to utilizing hydrogen-based technologies to transform Rugao city in Jiangsu Province into China’s first Hydrogen Economy Demonstration City in the next 4 years.
“We hope the Hydrogen Economy Pilot project, together the FCV project launched today, will eventually help in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG # 7- affordable and clean energy, and contribute to making our world a better place.” Said Mr. Haverman.