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Meeting China's Climate Goals

Past Event

September 21, 2015

8:30 am - 10:00 am

The Center on Global Energy Policy and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law hosted a discussion on Meeting China’s Climate Goals. In November 2014, US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an historic agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions from their two countries. On the eve of President Xi’s visit to the US and summit with President Obama, this event looked at the opportunities and challenges China faces in meeting its climate goals. How can China shift its economy away from coal-fired power generation, improve energy efficiency and increase the share of low carbon energy sources in its economy? How can the US and China work together to promote their shared climate objectives? What role will climate change play at the Obama-Xi summit?

This event featured remarks by:

  • Valerie Karplus, Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan School, and Director of the Tsinghua-MIT China Energy and Climate Project;
  • Zhu Liu, Fellow, Resnick Sustainability Institute, California Institute of Technology and Associate, Kennedy School, Harvard University;
  • David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy and former senior official at the White House, State Department and U.S. Department of Energy;
  • Kelly Sims Gallagher, Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and former Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House.


Download David Sandalow’s presentation (PDF)

Download Zhu Liu’s presentation (PDF) 

Download Valerie Karplus’ presentation (PDF) 

This program was generously supported by the David Sive Memorial Fund.