Total China Holds 10th Scientific Forum in Chengdu, Focusing on Innovative Low-Carbon Energy Solutions
Chengdu, November 21, 2019, - The 10th Total China Scientific Forum (TCSF) opened in Chengdu recently under the theme of “Innovative Low-carbon Energy”. The two-day gathering focuses on the development of innovative technologies for the LNG industrial chain, low-carbon transportation, and carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), and serves as a platform for participants to share research results and present case studies. More than 200 experts and guests from renowned universities, research institutions, government and industry associations, well-known enterprises and innovative companies attended the forum.
Total recognizes that carbon emissions are a major contributor to climate change while understanding that oil and gas companies are in a unique position to help mitigate and reduce emissions. As a founding member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), Total invested in forms of technology that have the potential to significantly reduce emissions from energy production to consumption. In 2018, the company allocated more than USD 1 billion to R&D projects related to low- carbon technologies in the field of renewable energy, energy efficiency, biofuels and CCUS.
“The energy industry is undergoing a transformation, whereby climate change, sustained growth in energy demand and new technologies with enormous potential are reshaping it. The R&D department must apply innovative approaches to meet these challenges. ” says Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Chief Technology Officer at Total Group: “China has become one of the world’s most innovative and dynamic countries and is playing an active role in emerging energy technologies. This TCSF serves as a platform for the exchange and sharing of ideas that will help China shape the future of sustainable energy by drawing on the experiences and achievements of global low-carbon energy innovations.”
To provide a chance for young scholars to exhibit their achievements, at this year’s TCSF, Total launched the inaugural “Energy Future Innovation Award”, which aims to drive the commercialization of innovative technologies and create opportunities for in-depth exchanges between young scholars and industrial experts. More than 40 projects from 20 universities, institutions and enterprise R&D teams were presented in the competition – of which 10 teams won the first Total Youth Innovative Award for projects addressing energy efficiency and carbon reduction, awarded by Dr. Xu Zhonghua, Vice President of Total R&D for Asia, on behalf of Total Group.
Inaugurated in 2009, the TCSF has been held for 10 sessions to date. As an open and innovative international exchange platform, it invites domestic and international industry experts and representatives to exchange ideas and discuss technological innovation and cutting-edge topics in the energy sector, aiming to fuel China's energy industry as well as the development of related technologies.