HHH Prof. Chan participant in Harvard Project Workshop with Beijing Research Institute

One of the two workshops Prof. Gabe Chan participated in in Beijing this summer is now summarized online, in this brief article: http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/25678/harvard_project_coorganizes_workshop_with_beijing_research_institute.html

 The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements co-organized a workshop on China-U.S. collaboration on climate-change policy on June 25–26, 2015 in Beijing. The workshop was hosted and co-organized by the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, a research institute within the National Development and Reform Commission (a key policy-making organization in the government of the People's Republic of China).  

The workshop focused on three topics:
I. The formulation and comparison of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)—the commitments that national governments will make at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference in Paris in December 2015. China, the United States, and approximately 24 other countries had submitted their INDCs as of August 17, 2015. The workshop was premised on the view that a better understanding of the INDC process—including approaches to the comparison of efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions—could help advance:

  1. The equity of the Paris agreement;
  2. The use of domestic market mechanisms and the crediting of these toward INDCs;
  3. Linkage among emissions-trading systems and among heterogeneous mitigation-policy systems. A major advantage of linkage would be to reduce the aggregate cost of emissions abatement in participating jurisdictions;
  4. Increasing the ambition of mitigation commitments over time.
II. Collaboration between China and the United States with regard to the design and implementation of cap-and-trade systems, which both countries are employing—currently on a sub-national level (seven regional pilot programs in China and, i
n the United States, California and the northeastern states).

III. The intersection of trade and climate policy: How China-U.S. trade might be affected by domestic policies and international agreements to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions; and how China and the United States can collaborate to magnify possible trade benefits and reduce possible trade risks of the movement toward low-carbon societies.

Available for download below are the agenda for the workshop, biographies of participants, presentations made by participants, and English and Chinese versions of a one-page description of the project, of which this workshop was a part. A policy brief is being prepared for an event at the December 2015 climate-change conference, based largely on the proceedings of the workshop.

Participants in the workshop, "Bilateral Cooperation between China and the United States: Facilitating Progress on Climate-Change Policy"
NCSC Photo, posted by Harvard Belfer Center

August 26, 2015
Author: Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

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