To meet the policy agenda of establishing an environmentally and climate-friendly energy system, several supporting mechanisms have been introduced under China’s Renewable Energy Law. Within the context of China’s power sector reform towards a more liberalised model, a key feature of these supporting mechanisms has been increased regulation and enforcement to ensure priority access of renewable energy to the grid in pursuit of the climate goals to increase the share of renewable energy to 25% by 2030 and attain carbon neutrality by 2060. Due to the increasing population size and energy demand, the Greater Bay Area (GBA) presents both opportunities and challenges to boost renewable energy in its primary energy mix. The GBA Initiative emphasises the need to improve energy-related infrastructure and vigorously foster renewable energy integration. By looking at the latest electricity market reform in Guangdong and the legal and governance challenges of ensuring priority access of renewable energy to the grid network in Mainland China, this seminar discusses the regulatory pathways to facilitate a higher level of renewable energy integration in the GBA.
About the Speaker:
Hao Zhang is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he currently serves as the Deputy Director of the LLM Programme (Energy and Environmental Law). He specialises in energy and climate law, focusing on the legal and regulatory issues surrounding energy decarbonisation and green economic transition. His recent work includes the investigation of the carbon pricing mechanism and its interaction with the electricity market regulation, renewable energy law, as well as law and energy market reform. He has published widely on these issues in law, energy and environmental studies journals, including Energy Policy, Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, and Journal of World Energy Law and Business. His forthcoming monograph titled ‘In Pursuit of Carbon Neutrality: Energy Law and Regulation in China’ will be published by Cambridge University Press. Prof Zhang has served as an expert and consultant to international organisations, government agencies, and non-government organisations, such as Energy Charter Secretariat, German Environment Agency and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. He is the associate editor of the journal Climate Law.
The Law Society of Hong Kong has awarded this seminar 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point.