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Global Partner Event: Targeting Net Zero: The Energy Transition - How can UK-China Business accelerate this together?

Posted on 03 September 2021

Global Partner Event: Targeting Net Zero: The Energy Transition - How can UK-China Business accelerate this together?

Global Partner Event: Targeting Net Zero: The Energy Transition - How can UK-China Business accelerate this together?

UK time:
16/09/2021 09:00 - 16/09/2021 10:20
China time:
16/09/2021 16:00 - 16/09/2021 17:20
Online Open to all

All events will be in English with interpretation into Chinese included.

Register here

Climate change is forcing cities and regions around the world to face up to an inevitable energy transition. Nowhere is the need for this more evident than in what might be described as ‘Energy Cities’, whose economic fabric has for decades relied heavily upon growth in conventional thermal energy sources such as coal and oil. They are often among the most carbon-intensive regions of the world and where the greatest savings and reductions can be made. The UK and China have several regions of this nature and the ability to facilitate their transition to more sustainable models of economic activity is a priority for both local and central government.

The first half of this webinar will explore examples from Wood, Aberdeen City and bp China of how such decarbonisation can and is taking place through partnership in China and the UK. They will look at the adoption of hydrogen, re-skilling of the existing workforce, and switching of fuel infrastructure among other themes through presentations followed by a panel discussion.

The second half of the webinar will focus on the first letter in Wood’s SCORE methodology for Decarbonisation: S for Substitution. The broadscale adoption of clean energies in favour of their fossil-fired predecessors is at the heart of being able to bring about lower emissions on an industrial scale and in the last few years several of China’s biggest gencos have been making moves in the European Offshore Wind space in response to greater demand for green energy. KPMG and SDIC will discuss the OSW market between the UK and China and what its role will be in the Energy Transition moving forwards.


  • Welcome by James Brodie, Commercial Director, Industrial Economy, CBBC
  • Tom Duke, HM Deputy Trade Commissioner, China


  • Dan Carter, Global Director of Decarbonisation and New Energies, Wood: Strategies for decarbonisation of Carbon-intensive industrial clusters in UK and China
  • Simon Yang, President, bp China : bp’s Involvement in China’s Decarbonisation
  • Barney Crockett, Lord Provost of Aberdeen, WECP President: Insight from a World Energy City: Aberdeen’s Energy Transition
  • Moderated Panel Discussion I

UK-China Offshore Wind Investment

  • Adrian Scholtz, Global Head of Energy Deals, KPMG: Energy Transition Across Borders – UK-China Dealflow in Renewables       
  • Kaihong Zhang, SVP of SDIC Power, Chairman of Red Rock Power Limited: : Chinese Gencos in Europe
  • Moderated discussion II
  • Wrap-up


Barney Crockett 
Lord Provost of Aberdeen

He was nominated and selected to the post in May 2017 by members of Aberdeen City Council.

The Lord Provost is experienced in local government and has been a member of a wide range of boards in Economic Development, Higher Education, Housing and Culture.

He is currently the Vice President of the World Energy Cities Partnership, which is a non-profit organisation with member cities are globally recognised as international energy capitals.

He has been a Trustee of several Pension Funds and currently sits on the Executive Board of the UK Local Authority Pension Fund Forum.

He has worked in the offshore oil industry, a teacher and head teacher, an Ombudsman and as the Chief Executive of a charity.

Dan Carter
Global Director of Decarbonisation and New Energies, Wood

Dan is Global Director of Decarbonisation and New Energies for Wood. In his role he advises clients across multiple sectors on how to reduce their emissions from carbon intensive assets and seizing opportunities for integration of alternative energy vectors. By using Wood’s Decarbonisation SCORE methodology, which he co-developed, Dan is providing organisations with tailor-made roadmaps to achieve their carbon reduction goals. Dan has a master’s degree in chemical and bioprocess engineering from the University of Wales and a Master of Business Administration from Warwick Business School. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer.

Tom Duke 
Deputy HM Trade Commissioner for China

He is currently working in the UK government's Department for International Trade (DIT), based in the British Embassy Beijing. Tom has a deep understanding of government, innovation and regulatory systems in the UK, Europe and Asia. He has experience in the public and private sectors, including of establishing new roles and leading high-performing teams across multiple locations. And he has a track record of building and leveraging extensive contact networks to achieve policy influencing objectives. Tom is fluent in English, French, Mandarin Chinese and Korean.

Adrian Scholtz
Globa Head of Energy Deals, KPMG

Focusing on the Renewables and Low Carbon Sector for 12 years, Adrian advises major utilities, new entrants, financial institutions and independent developers across the spectrum of technologies and business activities (development, construction, asset value optimisation and asset management). Adrian maintains a high profile across the European Renewables sector, attending and speaking at a range of events and preparing analysis materials for key clients.

Simon Yang
China president, bp

Mr. Yang has worked with bp for over 20 years extensively on business governance and operation, long term development strategy, partnerships and stakeholder relations in various business units, functions, entities and joint ventures both inside China and aboard.

Mr. Yang started his career with McKinsey in China and moved to Unilever prior to joining bp in 1998. Mr. Yang has spent most of his bp career with petrochemicals in Asia, and has held leadership roles doing joint-venture management, capital projects and commercial operation & optimization in China’s mainland & Taiwan, South Korea and Malaysia.

Mr. Yang worked as planning/product manager, board secretary in Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Company Limited and was chief of staff for bp’s global petrochemical (Aromatics and Acetyls) business between 1998 and 2007. From 2007 to June 2020, Mr. Yang has been sitting on Boards of Directors and taking executive management roles in different bp entities. On aromatics, Mr. Yang was Vice President of Asia Aromatics, Chairman of bp Zhuhai Co. Ltd.; and on acetyls, he was regional vice president acetyls, and Board Director of YARACO and BYACO, bp’s JVs on acetyles with Sinopec, Board Director of Lotte bp Chemicals Co. Ltd. and Chairman of bp Petronas Acetyls Co. Ltd.. He was appointed, effective July 2020, bp China president and bp Group senior vice president, located in Beijing.

Mr. Yang actively advocates Diversity & Inclusion and launched the nationwide Accessibility employee campaign in China focusing on occupational safety, physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Simon Yang is an ACCA certified member and holds both M.A. and B.A. from Shanghai International Studies University.

Sponsor: wood.

Sourced from: China-Britain Business Council