The Chinese government has removed Zhang Yuzhuo as the chairman of the nation’s second largest energy company Sinopec.

He has now taken up the role as the secretary of the leading party members group of the China Association of Science and Technology (CAST) — an organisation that serves as a bridge that links the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government to the country's science and technology community.

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The CAST website has already made the appointment, while Sinopec is yet to announce its new chairman.

Zhang was made the chairman of Sinopec in early 2020. Before that, Zhang, a coal specialist, served as chairman of coal producer Shenhua Group, and was party secretary of Binhai New District of Tianjin Municipal Government and director of the management committee of Tianjn Free Trade Zone.

He is an active campaigner for hydrogen energy development and has already rolled out a number of aggressive plans aiming to turn Sinopec into China’s largest green hydrogen producer.

Sinopec is currently targeting green projects for completion by 2025 with a combined capacity of 500,000 tonnes per annum.

The projects on the planning board will see Sinopec boost its green hydrogen capacity to 500,000 tonnes per annum when completed in five years.

Zhang holds a master’s degree in coal mining from the China Coal Research Institute and a PhD in engineering from the University of Science & Technology in Beijing.