In 2017, China was the world’s leading emitter of heat-trapping gases by a wide margin. Its policies for limiting emissions will have a significant impact on the global climate for decades to come.

The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted the New York book release of CGEP Inaugural Fellow David Sandalow’s Guide to Chinese Climate Policy. The Guide provides background on Chinese emissions, the impacts of climate change in China and the history of China’s climate policies. The bulk of the Guide discusses China’s climate policies, explaining the principal tools the Chinese government uses to address climate change.  A conclusion provides an assessment of those policies.  The Guide to Chinese Climate Policy is a “living document,” which will be updated regularly. It is also available via Amazon. In addition, the website for the Guide to Chinese Climate Policy will also be launched.

Prof. Sandalow provided an overview of the material in the Guide, after which the following experts joined him for a panel discussion on Chinese climate policy and related topics:

  • Ailun Yang, Program Officer, Environment Team,  Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Tom Christensen, Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the China and the World Program at Columbia University
  • Steve Cohen, Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs and Director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management, Earth Institute

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