Climate Action in China and Implications for Southeast Asia


About the Webinar

International climate ambition is on the rise. To date, over a hundred countries have joined the Climate Ambition Alliance to work towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. In September 2020, President Xi Jinping made waves when he announced that China’s new target of reaching carbon neutrality by 2060; and in March 2021, China’s 14th Five Year Plan set out concrete steps toward that goal, aiming for an 18% reduction in carbon emissions intensity, a 13.5% reduction in energy intensity and a 20% share of non-fossil fuels in the energy mix by 2025. China’s decarbonisation pathways promise an acceleration in both policy and technological innovation. As a major power and the world’s second largest economy, China has the potential to exercise influence over global climate action through its domestic and international policy. This webinar provides a platform for leading commentators on China’s climate policy to analyse these key developments and implications for Southeast Asia.

About the Speakers

Professor Zou Ji manages the Energy Foundation China as CEO & President. With years of experience in economics, energy, environment, climate change, and policymaking, Prof. Zou is highly regarded in the climate and clean energy space. He previously served as a deputy director general of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, and also led international climate negotiations and collaboration. Prof. Zou was a key member of the Chinese climate negotiation team leading up to the Paris Agreement. In 2013-2014, he served as a China representative to the United Nations Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing. He also contributed to the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has facilitated academic exchanges between Chinese and international policy researchers, and helped organize strategy and policy dialogues between governments and civil society. Prof. Zou was a vice dean, professor, and doctoral supervisor at the School of Environment and Natural Resources, Renmin University in Beijing, and an endowed professor at the School of Economics and Management, Harbin Institute of Technology in Shenzhen. He also served as the first China Country Director of the World Resources Institute in 2009-2012.

Professor Angel Hsu is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Environment, Ecology, and Energy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is the Founder and Director of the Data-Driven EnviroLab, an interdisciplinary research group that applies quantitative approaches to pressing environmental issues. She is a contributing author to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report and was the lead author of the 2018 UNEP Emissions Gap Report. She has provided expert Congressional testimony on China’s climate change policy and is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations. She has also co-chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Fourth Industrial Revolution and Global Public Goods, and was a speaker at TED 2018 Age of Amazement and the 2020 TED Climate Countdown. She holds a PhD from Yale University.


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Aug 06 2021


9:00 am - 10:15 am