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Drawing from iGDP’s China Carbon Neutrality Tracker database, this Chinese language report compares provincial climate action priorities and policy implementation, and presents 40 data charts covering policy efforts, industry actions, and emission reduction effects. The report contains carbon emission trends by province, progress and policy ambitions in implementing national dual carbon targets by province, energy and climate targets by province for 2015-2020, achievement of energy and climate targets at the provincial level for the period 2015-2020, an assessment of whether current policies can support local dual-carbon targets through case studies, and recommendations for strengthening local climate action.

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New Policy Briefs

iGDP recently released a new set of six policy briefs on mitigation of non-CO2 emissions in China. These policy briefs describe the current status of China’s key non-CO2 emitting sectors, characterizing their emissions and offering policy suggestions.

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iGDP is a consultancy focusing on green and low-carbon development. iGDP works to strengthen the design and implementation of low-carbon solutions through interdisciplinary, systematic and empirical research. We work with a wide variety of partners and stakeholders to promote a zero-emissions future.

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China-U.S. climate policy and the prospects for climate cooperation

At an event organized by IE University in Spain, iGDP Principal and Co-Founder Hu Min was invited to a dialogue with former U.S. Deputy Foreign Minister Juan Verde on China-U.S. climate and energy policy progress and the prospects for climate cooperation. Hu Min gave an overview China’s dual-carbon policy strategy, the status of China’s clean energy development, and the challenges and opportunities of global efforts to decarbonize in the context of energy security. Juan Verde discussed global green economic transformation and the significance of the US Inflation Reduction Act. Political and business representatives participating in the meeting commented that Europe’s quest for energy security and the realization of green recovery goals are inseparable from the climate and economic policies of China and the United States, with good communication being the premise of healthy cooperation and competition.


At a Wilson Center webinar, iGDP’s Hu Min and Chen Meian gave an overview of their new report The Agri-Food System and Carbon Neutrality, which maps out decarbonization pathways China could take across the whole agri-food system to help reach the country’s carbon neutrality goals.

Panelists included iGDP Principal Kevin Mo and Patty Fong from the Global Alliance for the Future of Food.

The webinar can be viewed here




iGDP Analyst Xi Xi and Principal Hu Min gave a presentation to Fellows at the Africa-China Legal Fellows Project, discussing China’s domestic and international climate policies and commitments. Before an audience from various locations on the African continent and other parts of the world, the speakers first covered the history and significance of China’s climate policies with an overview of China’s political economy. With this background, China’s domestic climate and energy targets and associated policy pathways were discussed. The second half of the talk focused on China’s climate commitments and actions abroad, with a special focus on Belt and Road Initiative countries as well as other international collaborations. At the end of the conversation, the audience and the speakers discussed the role of China in African countries’ energy transitions and clean energy development.

September 7, 2022

With the global struggle against climate change taking on increased urgency, countries around the world are working to ensure that their energy transitions are fair to all members of society.

The concept of a just transition is one in which phasing out of one kind of industry is carried out in a way which protects the livelihood and economic vitality of affected regions, with particular emphasis on helping workers retain meaningful employment.

In recent years, the concept of a just transition has also expanded to include ideas about social justice (employment, income, social dignity), environmental and climate justice (a clean and safe living environment, land restoration), as well as energy justice (affordable and adequate energy) for everyone.

(Read the full op-ed here)

Drawing on iGDP’s in-house policy tracker and energy database, our energy modeling team develops analytical tools to identify the most economically efficient pathways for China’s energy system transition. iGDP has also worked on the just transition away from coal in Shanxi’s energy restructuring and energy financing.  

iGDP organizes international workshops on green finance, conducts analysis of China’s consignment auctioning and the implications of carbon border adjustment mechanisms, tracks infrastructure investments to identify opportunities for green finance, and bridges the gap between low-carbon policy and green finance to facilitate the creative deployment of renewable energy.

iGDP tracks China’s performance on its periodically updated NDCs, builds models of the country’s national long term strategy, and provides information on China’s climate actions through the Carbon Neutrality Tracker data platform. iGDP also pushes forward into new areas for climate action such as non-CO2 greenhouse gases, climate-safe cooling, and food system emissions.

iGDP evaluates the low-carbon performance of China’s cities, tracks and maintains a database of low-carbon case studies, and performs research on China’s peaking and net-zero efforts at the subnational level. With partner organizations, we organize workshops and training programs on low-carbon city planning.

iGDP has developed a variety of tools and platforms, web-based and on social media channels, to help keep the climate community up-to-date on China’s climate actions and promote knowledge sharing. We also serve as the secretariat of China’s Green Think Tank Development Partnership, a network of city and regional research institutes throughout China.

iGDP maintains two analytical tools to help researchers and policymakers better understand China’s progress in low-carbon development.   

China LOGIC is the “Low-carbon & Green Index for Cities”. It provides a system to track progress, a database to evaluate performance, and an analytical tool to help cities identify improved solutions for low carbon and clean energy development, and early carbon peaking. 

China Carbon Neutrality Tracker is an online database and interactive platform that tracks China’s carbon neutrality actions at the national, subnational and sectoral levels. Information can be searched and sorted by issuing institution, release date, sector and action type.  

2020 Green Development Think Tank Partnership Annual Conference

The 2020 Green Development Think Tank Partnership (GDTP) annual conference was held on October 30 in Shanghai. Jointly hosted by the Energy System Engineering Committee of China Energy Research Society, Fudan University’s Energy Economics and Strategy Research Center, and iGDP, the event brought together nearly 150 guests from universities, research centers and academia throughout China, as well as nearly 10,000 online viewers. The conference came on the day after the conclusion of the fifth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and a few weeks after China pledged to reach a carbon peak before 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060. Participants took this opportunity to discuss carbon targets in the upcoming 14th Five-year Plan, how to achieve deep emission reductions in the different regions of China, as well as the policy means to promote China’s transition onto a green and low-carbon economic development trajectory.

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