Presidents Obama and Xi are demonstrating courageous leadership on climate change. Both countries are moving forward with on-the-ground action to hasten the transition to a low-carbon economy. They’re also laying the cornerstone for an ambitious climate agreement in Paris.
President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States comes at a moment of high tension in Sino-U.S. relations. But amid uncertainty around China's economy and acrimony on cybersecurity, at least one issue holds promise for positive collaboration: climate change.
The recent chemical explosion that left more than 150 dead was not only preventable, but reveals a clear breakdown of environmental governance, including poor transparency, corrupt oversight, and insufficient public engagement.
Energy use in China's buildings is projected to rise by 40 percent between 2009 and 2030. Reducing this sector's footprint is critical for achieving the country's target of peaking its emissions by 2030.
China is increasing its ambition in addressing climate change, and it has a strong national interest in sustaining its actions. That’s according to a recent panel of experts convened by WRI’s ChinaFAQs project and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute.
Action from the world's two largest emitters, which together account for 38 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, should inspire greater climate commitments from other nations.
China will need investments in the order of $330 billion (RMB 2 trillion) a year from 2015-2030 to overcome its environmental challenges. Tapping the private sector can help scale up the country's green finance.
The world’s largest emitter plans to peak its emissions around 2030 and increase its share of non-fossil fuels in energy consumption to around 20 percent by the same year. The country's new climate plan also builds on these commitments with additional announcements on carbon intensity, forests, adaptation and more.
WASHINGTON (JUNE 30, 2015)— China formally submitted its contribution to United Nations climate talks today.
Red tile roofs, a backyard barbecue, and a French chateau-style clubhouse. This may sound like Orange County, California, the famed suburb known for its beaches and McMansions, but this scene is actually from Orange County, Beijing.
As the world’s largest emitter, an ambitious and comprehensive climate plan from China is critical, both for reducing the country’s impact and for the greater climate action such ambition would inspire internationally.
This study applied the Climate Policy Implementation Tracking Framework (Barua, Fransen, and Wood 2014), called the Tracking Framework, also developed by the World Resources Institute, which provides detailed guidance on tracking indicators in the policy implementation process.
米国人が使う「now you’re talking（そうだね）」というあいづちの裏には、「ようやく本気を出したね」という意味が込められている。気候変動対策に本腰を入れるとは、言葉による約束を実行に移すということであり、それも思い切った策でなければならない。
China, the world’s largest emitter, is making strides to reduce its emissions by pricing carbon, investing in renewables and expanding energy efficiency.
China nearly doubled its number of cars from 2008 to 2010. Beijing and Shanghai are pioneering new strategies to reduce vehicle travel and create safer, more sustainable cities.
The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and other new multilaterals are becoming an important part of the development finance landscape. How they answer these five questions will have far-reaching implications.
WRI evaluated the climate-water implications of more than 20 generation technologies in China, and found several win-win solutions for its power sector to reduce water impacts and emissions.
China’s power sector is its largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and also its biggest industrial water user. As a result, current and future decisions about electricity generation—and energy efficiency—will have profound impacts on both global climate and domestic water resources.
Today at the U.S.-China Symposium on Energy Performance Contracting in Beijing, the Chinese and U.S. governments announced a new pilot program that could reduce Chinese buildings' energy use. The program seeks to build momentum for energy performance contracting (EPC), a renovation model where a building owner can work with a private company to install efficient technologies, and then use the cost savings from reduced energy consumption to pay for the efficiency upgrades. While EPCs are already used regularly in the United States, the pilot project will help expand the model in China as a way to curb emissions and save money.