ABB attends 2022 “Walking Davos” Dialogue in Beijing

ABB attends 2022 “Walking Davos” Dialogue in Beijing

  • ABB attends the meeting with Cai Qi, Beijing CPC chief and other senior government officials
  • ABB expressed confidence in long-term development in China at the policy dialogue with NDRC and global companies
  • Being a strategic partner of World Economic Forum, ABB is committed to driving innovation and promoting sustainable development

On August 23, Lars Eckerlein, General Manager of ABB (China) Limited, together with other 104 representatives from 60 enterprises attended the “Walking Davos” government-enterprise exchange meeting in Tongzhou district, the sub-city center of Beijing. The meeting was jointly organized by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the World Economic Forum (WEF). Cai Qi, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, together with Chen Jining, Mayor of Beijing, Xie Zhenhua, China’s Special Envoy on Climate Change and other official from NDRC met with the representatives.

China has pledged to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. While policymakers are proactively addressing the country’s green and low-carbon transformation, this dialogue provided a unique opportunity for the business community and senior officials from Beijing Municipal Government and NDRC to exchange on how industries and businesses can better contribute to reaching these ambitious targets.

Lars Eckerlein introduced ABB’s recent development in China and its efforts to support the green and low-carbon transformation of industries and promote sustainable development with digital solutions. He also expressed his gratitude to Beijing Municipal Party Committee, Beijing Municipal Government and the NDRC for their long-term support to ABB.

China’s carbon peak and carbon neutrality goals are creating significant business opportunities for both local and multinational companies. As the first city in the world to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, Beijing has integrated the green and low-carbon concepts into its development. Lars Eckerlein highlighted ABB’s latest progress on smart manufacturing, smart energy, smart transport and smart city at the meeting, as well as the application of ABB solutions in the new Tongzhou sub-city center, infrastructure for Beijing Winter Olympics, Beijing Daxing International Airport and Beijing Metro lines.

ABB sees sustainability as an integral part of the value we create for our customers and society. By 2030, we aim to become carbon-neutral in our own operations. Three of ABB's facilities in Beijing have been recognized as national Green Factory by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC.

“As one of ABB’s key production hubs in China, Beijing is an important city for ABB’s development in the country, our second largest market in the world,” said Lars Eckerlein. “We are confident in ABB’s continued growth in both Beijing and China. As a partner of choice in China's sustainable development, ABB will continue to invest in R&D, digital technology and smart manufacturing, and to further contribute its efforts to support Beijing’s green, high-quality development, as well as to China's decarbonization goals.”

Walking Davos was jointly initiated by NDRC and WEF as a government-enterprise exchange platform to improve China’s business environment, attract foreign investment and promote the confidence of multinational companies to invest and develop in local areas, pushing forward industrial and economic development.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

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