POREEN – Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental industries
For any question about the POREEN project and its objectives, please address your queries by email to the POREEN – Vice-Scientific Coordinator, Dr. Paolo Davide Farah : firstname.lastname@example.org
POREEN is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. It is a People Marie Curie Action, International Research Staff Exchange Scheme, whose aim is to help research organisations to set up or strengthen long-term cooperation with others, through a coordinated exchange programme for their staff.
POREEN project aims at increasing the availability of interdisciplinary studies providing a comprehensive overview (technical, legal and economic) of Europe-China relations in the renewable energy and the environmental sectors to support the development of a more rapid, sustainable and flexible industry in these sectors.
Specific objectives of the research
I. Provide guidelines, i.e. policy proposals to support policy-makers at EU and local level, as well as operational suggestions for companies working in/with China, to enhance bilateral trade and investment flows
II. Enhance scientific knowledge, through the theoretical and empirical finding of the different and joint research tasks
III. Create lasting knowledge networks. The mobility program and the joint research activities will allow the identification of projects to be carried out further to the POREEN project. It will help establishing or strengthening integrated and interdisciplinary research links between European and Chinese centres of excellence.
IV. Improve research skills, thanks to mutually beneficial research collaboration between EU and Chinese centre of excellences with a high reputation and knowledge in their fields.
• Research community both in the social science and the humanities and in the engineering field
• Policy and decision-makers at European and Chinese, national and regional level
• Firms, in the renewable industries and environmental sector, both in Europe and in China.
Environmental protection and sustainable development have a paramount importance, especially for China. Partnering and business opportunities can thus be significant for Europe. At present, Chinese energy system is characterized by the prevalent use of fossil resources while the renewable sources are just entering into the market. In recent years, China has initiated a process to update technologies and infrastructures, using the Best Available Techniques on the international market. This process is still ongoing and it must be completed in sectors such as heavy industry, where the conversion is aimed at increasing overall energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact. The evolution of the Chinese energy system and its environmental implications are of global relevance.
Three main research areas are involved in POREEN, with specific but highly integrated and interconnected tasks.
The economic research area
The research aims at expanding and deepening the knowledge of trade and FDI flows between Europe and China in the renewable energies and environmental industries so as to define/suggest:
- the sectoral priorities that should be targeted to stimulate Europe-China trade and investment flows
- the obstacles, barriers and difficulties faced by European firms in initiating, maintaining and consolidating both trade and investment initiatives in China
- the obstacles, barriers and difficulties encountered by Chinese companies investing in Europe
- new methodologies and agreement frameworks that demonstrate greater advantages to both EU and China in these sectors
The engineering research area
Engineering research activity is focused on two main research areas, both related with energy efficiency and carbon dioxide reduction:
- mobility and the transportation sector
- low carbon buildings.
The research intends to analyze the state of the art and to propose a model addressing economical, legal and technical issues which need to be faced to ensure the introduction of alternative fuels on the Chinese market and low carbon technologies and instruments in the building sector, so as to disclose concrete partnering opportunities for the European industry.
The legal research area
Critical legal issues, normative gaps, and potentialities in Europe-China trade and FDI relations are examine by researchers, who will specifically focus on:
- oil and gas offshore and renewable energy;
- dumping, anti-dumping and subsidies
- environmental and labor standards
- corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues and civil society initiatives
The researchers will make use of their knowledge in international law, EU law, International investment and trade law, commercial law, environmental law and CSR. Their perspective will take into consideration both the European investment and cooperation projects in China and the main Chinese investment initiatives in Europe.
Coordinator: University of Macerata, Department of Law
- University of Macerata, Dpt of Law and Dpt of Economics and Law (Italy)
- Polithecnic University of the Marche, Dpt of Industrial Engineering and Mathematic sciences and Dpt of Management, (Italy)
- Istituto Universitario Studi Europei, Turin (Italy)
- Toulouse Business School (France)
- University of Ulster, Centre for Sustainable Technologies (United Kingdom)
- Beijing Normal University (Research center of climate change and trade; Law School)
- East China University of Political Science and Law (College of Law)
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University (School of Mechanical Engineering, Law School)
- Tongji University of Shanghai (College of Mechanical Engineering and Urban Energy, Building Environment Security Control; Experimental Centre of HVAC and Gas institute)
For any question about the POREEN project and its objectives, please address your queries by email to the POREEN Vice-Scientific Coordinator: email@example.com