China’s Climate Policy: Recent Developments and Future Scenarios
As part of the Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), China is experimenting with policies new to its domestic context for climate change mitigation, including carbon intensity targets and, most recently, an emissions trading system on a pilot scale. This presentation discusses how climate policy is developed in China, focusing on the major institutions and stakeholders involved. China’s climate change policy decisions are then discussed in the context of the country’s ongoing economic development and reform program. We then present the results of a recent study that quantifies the impact of ongoing reforms and energy/climate policy efforts on China carbon emissions through 2050, and discuss the implications. The speakers are Co-Directors of the Tsinghua-MIT China Energy and Climate Project.