Mitigating transport emissions: European and Chinese perspectives

On June 26th, 2017, China Carbon Forum, together with GIZ and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, co-organised an event, “Mitigating transport emissions: European and Chinese perspectives”. The event was part of the China Low Carbon Leadership Network (LCLN), an event series jointly organized by CCF and GIZ since 2010.

The event featured opening remarks from Mr. Vidar Helgesen, The Royal Norwegian Minister for Climate and Environment, and a presentation on ‘Decarbonization of Transport in Germany’ by Mr. Martin Schmied, Head of Department, Transport, Noise and Spatial Development, German Environment Agency. The two speakers were then joined by an expert panel, including Dr. Jiang Kejun, Director, Energy Research Institute (ERI) and Dr. Yin Zhifang from the China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Center, Ministry of Transport. The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Robert Earley, COO, MotionEco.

For a record of the discussion, download here.

The Future of China-U.S. Energy Cooperation

On June 15th, 2017, China Carbon Forum brought together an expert panel for a discussion on “The Future of China-U.S. Energy Cooperation”, at Peking University Law School in Beijing. Cooperation on energy and low-carbon development have been a positive aspect to the bilateral relationship in recent years, and was important element contributing momentum to the successful conclusion of the Paris Agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

This meeting came at a time of uncertainty given the recent announcement of the U.S. government’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Despite this, there is widespread scope for China-U.S. energy cooperation both short-term and long-term, particularly in the areas of transport, research, real estate, emissions reduction and financing. The role of NGOs, private enterprises, cities and states were highlighted as a means to facilitating meaningful change, as well as the exchange of knowledge and technology.

 

 

 

 

 

A full report of the event can be downloaded here:

Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement – A key issue also for the G20

On January 18th, 2017, China Carbon Forum together with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), co-organised a panel discussion: “Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement – a key issue also for the G20”, as part of the China Low Carbon Leadership Network (LCLN) event series.

The event featured a panel of distinguished experts and government representatives who shared their views on the role that the G20 can play in supporting implementation of the Paris Agreement. In particular, the panel discussed the role of the newly established G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG), and the key issues that it will consider.

The panel included representatives from both China and Germany, and the audience gained insights from the governmental, think tank and academic perspective.

For a record of the discussion, download the PDF: Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement – a key issue also for the G20.

Marrakech Debrief: How is the Paris Agreement Tracking?

On 1st December 2016, China Carbon Forum together with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), co-organized “Marrakech Debrief: How is the Paris Agreement Tracking?”, as part of the China Low Carbon Leadership Network (LCLN).

This event featured a panel of distinguished experts and government representatives who shared their views on the developments at COP22 in Marrakesh. The panel included representatives from both China and Europe, and the audience were enabled to gain an insight into a mix of perspectives, especially during the Q&A session. After the discussion, the guests enjoyed a follow-up networking event.

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For a record of the discussion, download the PDF: Marrakech Debrief: How is the Paris Agreement Tracking?.

Emerging Trends in Green Finance in China

On 3rd November 2016, China Carbon Forum together with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), held an event on “Emerging Trends in Green Finance in China”. This invitation-only event continues the Low Carbon Leadership Network event series, jointly organised by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and China Carbon Forum (CCF), and is supported by the Global Partners for Germany / Alumniportal Deutschland program as well as the Emerging Markets Sustainability Dialogues.

The event featured a welcome by Mr Ralf Becker, First Secretary at the Embassy of Germany in China, and an introduction of GIZ’s work on green finance in China by Ms Nina Roth, Senior Advisor Sustainable Finance, GIZ. This was followed by an expert panel discussion, including Mr. Liu Jialong, Research Fellow, Green Finance Committee; Dr. Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President – Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; Dr. Guo Peiyuan, Director & Co-Founder, Syntao; and, Mr. Calvin Quek, Head of Sustainable Finance Program, Greenpeace (Moderator).

For record of discussion and Executive Summary, download the PDF: Emerging Trends in Green Finance in China.

The Role of ETS in Supporting NDC Implementation

On July 26th, 2016, China Carbon Forum held an event on “The Role of ETS in Supporting NDC Implementation”, as part of the China Low Carbon Leadership Network (LCLN), an event series jointly organised by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and China Carbon Forum. This event was also held in cooperation with the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP).

The event featured a keynote speech by Mr Marc Allessie, Co-Chair of ICAP, and Director of the Dutch Emissions Authority (NEa), followed by an expert panel discussion analysing the role of China’s national ETS in supporting the emissions goals set out in China’s National Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement. The panel included distinguished experts from academia, media, an NGO, as well as ICAP.

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For record of discussion and Executive Summary, download the PDF: The Role of ETS in Supporting NDC Implementation.

Energy Transition After Paris: Can renewables spell the decline of fossil fuels regardless of climate goals?

In partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, CCF organised an informal guest presentation by Richard Chatterton, Head of Global Carbon Risk at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The presentation, summarised the findings of BNEF’s recently released 2016 New Energy Outlook carbon and fossil fuel forecast.

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China’s national emission trading scheme and the European perspective – what to expect from 2017?

In collaboration with ICF International and Beijing Energy Network, CCF held an event as part of the European Union (EU) – China ETS Project, which was initiated in 2014 to support the design and implementation of greenhouse gas emissions trading in China. ICF International is leading the International Technical Assistance Team that is assisting China.

The panel consisted of distinguished experts on emissions trading schemes from Europe and China: Ms Mary Veronica Tovsak Pleterski, Director for European and International Carbon Markets, DG Clima, European Commission; Mr Renato Roldao, Consulting Director – Climate Change, ICF International; and Mr Qian Guoqiang, Strategy Director, Sinocarbon.

The audience gained insights on the latest progress of EU-China collaboration on ETS, including design and capacity building work. The panel discussion covered the key issues around ETS design both in the EU and China, including allocation mechanisms, benchmark-setting, price management and MRV.

For record of discussion and Executive Summary, download PDF: China’s National ETS.

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Frontline Perspectives from the Paris COP

On the evening of Tuesday, 1st March, in partnership with the Embassy of Canada in China, China Carbon Forum held an exclusive high-level event: Frontline Perspectives from the Paris COP.

The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Guy Saint-Jacques, the Canadian Ambassador to China, and featured:

Mr. Su Wei, China’s Chief Negotiator for Climate Change, and Director General of Climate Change Department, National Development and Reform Commission;

and Ms. Louise Métivier, Canada’s Chief Negotiator for Climate Change and Assistant Deputy Minister, International Affairs Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Both speakers shared their insights on the Paris COP and the implications of the Paris Agreement, after which they answered questions from the invited guests.

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Report Launch – Mapping China’s Climate Policy Formation Process (2015 edition)

On November 26th, China Carbon Forum launched the 2015 edition of “Mapping China’s Climate Policy Formation Process,” which was authored by Professor Craig Hart and graduate researchers Zhu Jiayan and Ying Jiahui of Renmin University of China’s School of Environment & Natural Resources.

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Beijing and The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Beijing, provided financial support for this project.

Please click here to access the report download link from the China Carbon Forum website.

In preparation for the UNFCCC COP 21 negotiations in Paris, Mapping China’s Climate Policy Formation Process provides an analysis of how China forms climate change policy, the key stakeholders who participate in the process, and the future direction of China’s climate change efforts.