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.

Report Launch – 2015 China Carbon Pricing Survey

CCF has launched its latest research report, the 2015 China Carbon Pricing Survey. The report was conducted jointly by China Carbon Forum and ICF International, and was launched both in Beijing (September 8th) and in Oslo (September 11th). The report is available below in English and Chinese.

CCF Vice Chairman Dimitri de Boer, introducing the report

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The report was authored by Mr. Dimitri de Boer (CCF), Mr. Renato Roldao (ICF), and Mr. Huw Slater (CCF). Financial support for this project was provided by The British Embassy, Beijing, The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Beijing and Energy Foundation China.

Building on the first such survey in 2013, the 2015 survey elicited expectations about the future of China’s carbon pricing from over 300 stakeholders in carbon markets in China. The results of the survey give strong confidence that carbon price levels in China will rise over time, and that carbon pricing will increasingly affect investment decisions.

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Report Launch – Strategy and Competitive Advantage in China’s War on Pollution

On June 11, China Carbon Forum launched a new report, Corporate Strategy and Competitive Advantage in China’s War on Pollution – Pursuing the New Chinese Consumer. The report is available in English and Chinese.

The report was authored by Professor Craig Hart, Dean Ma Zhong, and researchers Ying Jiahui and Zhu Jiayan of Renmin University of China’s School of Environment & Natural Resources, and facilitated and published by the China Carbon Forum. The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Beijing provided financial support for this project.

The report’s conclusions inform business strategy for firms seeking to tap into China’s emerging market in green products and services.

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Municipal energy policies and concepts: German and Chinese Experiences

The event on “Municipal energy policies and concepts: German and Chinese Experiences” was part of the China Low Carbon Leadership Network (LCLN), an event series jointly organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and China Carbon Forum (CCF).

The panel included distinguished experts from the fields of energy and eco-city planning, as well as those working on EU-China projects and Sino-German projects focusing on energy concepts. As the speakers came from both Chinese and international backgrounds, the audience were enabled to gain an insight into a mix perspectives, especially during Q&A sessions. After the discussion, the guests enjoyed the follow-up networking event.

For record of discussion and Executive Summary, download PDF: Municipal energy policies and concepts