On May 13, 2019, together with the Spanish Green Growth Group
and with the collaboration of Funcas
, we organized a conference and debate on the current situation and perspectives of China's energy and climate policies.
The country is today reaching an economic crossroad, and it is convenient to know to what extent lower growth rates will benefit or harm its actions against climate change. Actions, by the way, with an imortant global relevance: remember that China has been the largest GHG emitter in the world for many years. What role will flexible policy instruments such as the national GHG market have in the future? Will we witness its reinforcement or instead the implementation of draconian solutions such as those implemented in recent years to fight local pollution in many Chinese cities? What will be the role of China, on the other hand, in reducing costs of low carbon technologies? Once the big reductions in the costs of solar technologies have been achieved with important Chinese contributions, is it perhaps the time for the same thing to happen with electric vehicles? Can, on the other hand, growing distrust in many countries to China's global economic performance and objectives affect the preceding matters?
To address all these issues we had the presence of one of the most renowned Chinese academic experts in this field, Zhang Xiliang (Tsinghua University), who has also played a relevant role in the definition and implementation of renewable promotion policies and of the national GHG trading system. Professor Zhang was accompanied by two other experts in these matters: Ma Jun, International R&D Director of Tsinghua, and Hu Min (iGDP).