A new session of the Conference of the Parities to the UNFCCC is held in Bonn, Germany in mid May to make more detailed rules for the Paris Agreement. President Trump and his administration have been proposing to leave the Paris Agreement since taking office. It is said that President Trump may announce the US withdrawal from the Agreement at G7 summit scheduled at the end of the month, arousing concerns across the world.
The global climate governance is entering a new age. Will the outcomes of global governance including the Paris Agreement be protected? How will the world respond to the impacts and challenges in the new age? What are the new trends of China and US climate and energy policies? How will the two countries advance their action and cooperation to tackle climate change?
On May 24, the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy, the Tsinghua Berkeley Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change and the World Resources Institute jointly hosted a public seminar on “China-US Action and Cooperation in the New Age of Global Climate Governance”. The event brought Chinese and foreign experts together to discuss the new trend and new age of global climate governance and progress made in China-US cooperation on climate change.
Director, The Climate Policy Initiative
Deputy-president - National Expert Committee on Climate Change
Former Executive Vice President - Tsinghua University
Executive Vice President - World Resources Institute
Former Mayor, City of Portland, Oregon
Director - World Resources Institute, Unites States
Counselor of State Council of China - former Director General of National Energy Administration
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[On Chinese gains in innovation in clean energy] And China is doing this in a very strategic way, in a very methodical way.
[On the U.S.-Chinese relationship in the U.N. climate negotiations at COP 24] There was a capacity to be a convener, each of us.That’s not available right now.
[On Chinese policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions] It’s not so much that they are concerned about global climate change, although that may be coming. It’s more because they are concerned about building local industries, and especially about cleaning up the air locally and regionally.