Understanding The Energy Transition & Doing Business in a Decarbonised China

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  • When:
    Monday, 17 June 2019, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Where:
    Room S301, 3F, Xin Shang Yuan (New Upper Hall Building), Xuhui Campus, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 上海交通大学徐汇校区 新上院 3F S301室
    1954 Huashan Road
  • Price:
    RMB 200 including drinks (wine/beer/soft drinks) and snacks. RSVP required. Places are strictly limited. Members only.

The British Chamber Shanghai's Scottish Focus Group (SFG), supported by the Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing (AE&M) Focus Group, is delighted to invite members to a very special Scottish Connections Networking & Personal Learning Event on Monday 17th June from 6pm to 9pm.

As well as meeting other members of the Scottish Connections business network, this event will allow members to hear from a cadre of world-renowned academic professors on one of the most pressing issues the world is facing – The Energy Transition.

The event will focus on improving member's personal understanding as well as creating an interactive and thought provoking session on what are the business opportunities available as China decarbonises its energy system. 

The event will be hosted by The China –UK Low Carbon College (LCC), established through the joint efforts of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the University of Edinburgh and other UK universities, as well as Shanghai and Lingang governments. It will be conveniently held in central Shanghai at the Xuhui Campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in the famous Xin Shan Lou (Building).

The academic core of this event will be built around a sampler series of four mini lectures:

  • Ed Craig, Dean for Edinburgh Affairs at China-UK Low Carbon College (LCC) (host for the event and a founding member of the Scottish Focus Group) will introduce the session, why the LCC was set up and what it is trying to achieve. Ed will also outline Scotland’s aspirations to be a leader in the Energy Transition.
  • Simon Kelley, Professor and Head of School of GeoSciences, and Chair in Isotope Geochemistry at the University of Edinburgh, will explain the scientific nature of problem and what is happening to the planet.
  • Conchur O Bradaigh, Professor and Head of School of Engineering and Chair of Materials Engineering at the University of Edinburgh will explain the emerging global solutions and potential pathways to a decarbonised energy system.
  • Jia Li, Professor at the China-UK Low Carbon College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University will explain the major energy trends in China on both the demand and supply side. She will cover topics such as energy efficiency, transition from coal to gas, carbon capture, growth of EVs and Hydrogen. She will also highlight the level of investment required and the funding options.

The session will finish with Qs and As between the academic staff and participants, followed by an interactive discussion as to the business opportunities available in China as it decarbonises its energy system. Participants will be encouraged to post Questions ahead of the event. Short pre-read will also be issued to participants. 

Event Runing Order:

  • 6:00pm-6:30pm: Arrival, registration & networking. (Beer, Wine, Soft drinks and Snacks will be available.)
  • 6:30pm: Participants move to classroom and session commences. No admittance after this time.
    • Lecture 1 – Ed Craig, Dean
    • Lecture 2 – Professor Simon Kelley
    • Lecture 3 – Professor Conchur O Bradaigh
    • Lecture 4 – Professor Jia Li
  • 7:45pm – 8:15pm: Qs&As and Participants Discussion (Moderated by Blair Kelly, Chair of SFG)
  • 8.15 pm: Classroom session ends.
  • 8:15pm – 9:00pm: Continued networking, opportunity for further one-on-one follow up with academic staff. (Drinks and snacks available.)
  • 9:00pm: Event ends

Places are strictly limited due to the classroom size so please register early. This event is open to BritCham members only.

If you are not a member please contact James Dunn james.dunn@britishchambershanghai.org for details on individual and corporate membership packages available.
If you are not a member and wish to attend please contact Jun Wang jun.wang@Britishchambershanghai.org to be put on a waiting list should places become available.

Venue Sponsor


The China–UK Low Carbon College (LCC), was established in May, 2017, through the joint efforts of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the University of Edinburgh and other UK universities, as well as Shanghai and Lingang governments. It will be conveniently held in central Shanghai at the Xuhui Campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in the famous Xin Shan Lou (Building). 

As the first domestic low carbon college in China, the LCC aims to become a world-class innovative higher education and research institution with international influence, across four pillars of learning:

  1. Graduate Education
  2. Scientific Research
  3. Innovation & Incubation
  4. Executive Training

Green low-carbon development is an inevitable choice for China and the rest of the world to deal with global warming, a challenge that the whole world is facing.

The college will concentrate on green development strategy, and carry out teaching and research on low-carbon energy, low-carbon environment, use of data, carbon finance and management as well as circular economy and smart city development.

The goal of the LCC is to serve as an inspiration and cradle of academic, student and enterprise talent for state, private and civil society supporting the transition of China towards peak carbon and then zero carbon.

LCC is determined to develop the college as a first-class, industry-oriented and discipline-based institution.

The Low Carbon Environment & Low Carbon Energy postgraduate programmes are dual degree programmes, taught in English with the University of Edinburgh. Our 7 research centres focus actively seek demand-led solutions to ensure our cities and large enterprises can adapt and scale sustainable solutions. LCC in partnership with the Edinburgh centre for Carbon Innovation and Climate KIC are developing a range of innovation support services to enable ideation, acceleration of new ideas, hosting and scaling of proven low carbon technologies and models while providing the mechanism to drive knowledge exchange and action between UK, Europe and China.

No-show Policy: Please note you must cancel your reservation in writing to the event contact staff 24 hours in advance. No-shows without prior notification will be charged a no-show fee of RMB100.
Walk-in Policy: Walk-in is not allowed for this event.

Speaker Introduction

Ed Craig

Dean for Edinburgh Affairs at China-UK Low Carbon College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

At the Low Carbon College, Ed will lead the University of Edinburgh's activity overall and head up its innovation and professional education activities. Ed is co-founder and Executive Director of ECCI the award-winning Low Carbon Eco- system in Scotland. ECCI has developed a range of innovative policy, enterprise and skills services and supported more than 1,000 SMEs to accelerate low carbon products and services. Ed has more than 25 years’ experience supporting the business creation process as an entrepreneur and business adviser. Ed is a board member of HKCCI, Stirling City and WWF Scotland and has advised corporates such as Coca Cola, DHL, RBS and Skyscanner。 Ed has been Chair of Shell Springboard for low carbon innovation for 4 years and holds qualifications in business and ecology from the University of Edinburgh. Ed is a qualified ‘premier adviser’ for business counselling from the Institute of leadership and management and in 2017 was given the sole bursary to study at Oxford University business economics through the OUBEP programme.

Simon Kelley

Head of School of GeoSciences, Chair in Isotope Geochemistry at University of Edinburgh

Professor Simon Kelley joined Edinburgh University in 2017 and is currently Head of the School of GeoSciences at Edinburgh University. He was previously at the Open University, UK, where he held various positions including Head of Department, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, Dean and Interim Executive Dean.

Simon has research expertise but also in online learning. While at the Open University Simon led the Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences project producing an Open Educational Resource that now hosts over 1000 thin section including rocks from around the world, meteorites and Moon rocks.

Conchur O Bradaigh

Head of School and Chair of Materials Engineering at the University of Edinburgh

Conchúr Ó Brádaigh is Chair of Materials Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.  He has Bachelors and Masters degrees from the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, and a PhD from the University of Delaware, all in Mechanical Engineering.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Chartered Engineer, and a member of Engineers Ireland.

He previously lectured at the National University of Ireland, Galway and was Professor of Energy Engineering at University College Cork, where he was also Director of the Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Research Centre from Feb.

Conchúr was a member of the Board of the Irish Centre for Composites Research (ICOMP) from 2009-2014 and currently sits on the Technical Strategy Committee of ICOMP.  He is a committee member of the SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter.

Jia Li

Associate Professor at the China-UK Low Carbon College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Professor Jia Li is Associate Professor at the China-UK Low Carbon College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She is also a visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. Before Prof Li moved back to China in Sep 2018, she worked as Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Exeter, and as Technical Director at the UK-China (Guangdong) CCUS Centre; and is leading a team of experts on the Asian Development Bank funded project of “Promoting CCS in China (Guangdong)” and an additional sister project in Shanghai. She obtained her PhD from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London and her MSc with Distinction in Process Technology from the Engineering Department at the University of Warwick. Her work is centered around power and industrial plant overall efficiency and capture process design related to CCS, especially on carbon capture ready and capture retrofit. Her latest area focus on Hydrogen.

Event contact

Hilary Wu