Director, Climate & Energy
With China overtaking the United States as the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, how this influential country tackles its rising energy demand and other environmental challenges has become a concern that extends beyond national borders. The choices that China makes both now and further into its economic trajectory will have a decisive impact on Earth's ability to sustain the ecological systems on which human wellbeing depends.
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|About the China Program|
Worldwatch Institute's China Program helps decision makers both in China and around the globe better understand the environmental challenges and opportunities facing this vast country of 1.3 billion people. By providing independent and credible research on China's natural resources, environment, energy, climate change, and policies, Worldwatch serves as a go-to source on China's sustainable development. The program also aims to build capacity among Chinese researchers and to connect them with the Institute's global network of like-minded experts.
The current political climate offers new opportunities for greater environmental understanding and cooperation between the United States and China. Progress on international climate negotiations will depend on a new level of leadership by both governments. As a globally focused research institute, Worldwatch is well poised to help bridge the information gap between leaders and researchers from both countries and to facilitate better communication on sustainability between China and the rest of the world.
Sustainable China Project
Granted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Sustainable China Project provides information and ideas to spur a new kind of development in China based on clean technology, innovative design, and high levels of efficiency. The work also aims to encourage China’s role in exporting environmentally friendly technology and policy ideas to Africa and other developing countries to achieve global sustainability and the elimination of poverty.
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In early April, leading French nuclear company AREVA signed a series of strategic agreements with the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to foster a strategic civil nuclear partnership between France and China. With presidents Francois Hollande and Xi Jinping in attendance, the two governments finalized a letter of intent to build a facility for treating and recycling spent nuclear fuel in China.
Over the past 30 years, China’s rapid economic growth and industry development have been driven in large part by specific national plans that set very ambitious targets for certain industries. The electric vehicle (EV) industry is no exception. Yet even with prioritization by the central government, the EV industry does not seem to be on track to meet its targets.
China is putting effort into developing its electric vehicle industry, but industry reports say it is falling behind other countries in terms of "EV readiness.
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|Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies | China Academy of Social Sciences|