Mr. Jean-Marc Jancovici in Hong Kong on October 23rd and 24th, 2015 [fr]
Mr. Jean-Marc Jancovici, consultant in "energy-climate" and teacher at the National School of Mines Paris Tech was in Hong Kong from the 23rd to 24th of October 2015 as part of the climate actions organized all along the year by the scientific and academic service of the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong.
During these two days, Mr. Jancovici has participated in numerous events to sensitize not only local scientific and academic community, but also a larger audience.
On Friday, October 23, the meeting with Ms Winnie Ho Wing-yin, deputy director of the government’s entity "Energizing Kowloon East Office" (EKEO), which manages the de-carbonization of the Kowloon district, Martin Tzou, head of development R & D of the program "City project Development" for the French company EDF China, and Mr. Yann Perrin, Export Advisor CleanTech for Business France, was rich in proposals: They were able to discuss about various projects and thus highlight the differences and similarities in the recognition of the "carbon footprint" by local stakeholders, government, commercial and industrial, located at both ends of the world.
Mr. Jean-Marc Jancovici, then gave a lecture entitled "How does the Energy Crisis influenced the energy economy and the Geopolitical Ecosystem? " at the Baptist University of Hong Kong (HKBU). Pr. Jean-Pierre Cabestan, director of the Department of International Studies, HKBU, opened the conference. This event was co-organized with the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, the Center of French Studies on Contemporary China (CEFC) represented by Dr. Colin Sebastian, associate editor of the quarterly "China Perspectives" and HKBU.
Mr. Jancovici began his presentation with a comprehensive presentation on the role of energy in our society and then detailed the close link between energy consumption and the change in GDP, as the economic growth always comes with an increase in energy consumption. Despite the emergence of renewable energies, fossil fuels will still play an important role in our energy consumption in the early 21st century. Finally, he explained that it will be nearly impossible to reduce drastically CO2 emissions by 2050 as the CO2 emission is correlated to parameters on which it is difficult to act.
The powerpoint of M. Jancovici’s conference at HKBU
The New Podcast of this conference is available: here
The conference ended with a lively exchange between Mr. Jancovici and the audience of over 150 students and academics, attesting a real attraction of the Hong Kong university community on climate issues.
The program of the day ended with a session where Mr. Jancovici commented and autographed his books entitled "Climate change explained to my daughter", held at the French bookstore "Parentheses". More than thirty people were present at the event which lasted until early evening as his comments on climate change issues have stimulated the reactions of the public.
On Saturday, October 24th, Mr. Jancovici visited the "Zero Carbon Building", located in the heart of Kowloon, which brings together a large number of technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of the buildings. The architectural features of the building that allow it to have an optimal integration into the environment were presented. With its solar panels that produce nearly 87 MWh / year, its optimized natural ventilation, its perfect orientation towards the sun and its bio-diesel "Tri-generation" central, this building manages to produce more energy than it consumes.
Then Mr. Jancovici participated, with Ms. Lilas Bernheim, Deputy Consul General, Dr. Isabelle Saves, Attaché for scientific and academic affairs, Miss Julie Metta and Mr. Justin Monier, scientific officers, at the first day of the simulation exercise “Coping with COP21”. Mr. Jancovici gave a lecture on the role of finance in the fight against climate change.
This simulation of COP21 by local students, co-organized by the "Hong Kong American Center" (HKAC) of the "Chinese University of Hong Kong" (CUHK) and the Consulate General of France, involves 55 students of 14 different nationalities from nine universities in Hong Kong and Macau.
Students, eager to hear from the French engineer on the matter, did not hesitate to submit him their many questions, thus animating the debate that closed the series of interventions of the day.
The first stage took place on October 24th, and the event will continue on the 14th and 15th of November and will be closed on December 15th, 2015 by a public speech by the Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Eric Berti, at the Asia Society of Hong Kong.
For more information about the student COP21 simulation, see ici
Justin Monier, Scientific Officer in Hong Kong
Julie Metta, Scientific Officer in Hong Kong
Isabelle SAVES, Attaché for Scientific & Academic Affairs