iGDP develops and promotes solutions that are driving forward low-carbon economic growth

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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September 23, 2021

As world leaders prepare to gather for the November UN climate change summit in Glasgow, all eyes are on China. As the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the emission reduction commitments China makes in its second Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)—a country’s stated climate goals under the Paris Agreement—will provide direction for domestic climate actions and inform international climate cooperation efforts. In a recent Green Development Program report, we examine how China performed under its 2015 NDC and reflect on the targets and supporting policies we might expect to see in its second NDC. The good news? We see huge potential for China to go bigger and bolder in its climate action.

(Read the full op-ed here)

June 29, 2021

Non-CO2 GHGs have not yet received sufficient policy attention in China’s overall carbon mitigation effort. Now that China has announced that it will achieve carbon neutrality before 2060, the race is on to deliver on this ambitious vision. Every carbon-reducing measure will have to be considered.

To systematically reduce non-CO2 GHG emissions, China needs a comprehensive policy framework that explicitly targets non-CO2 GHGs one by one, sector by sector. This would be an important boost to China’s climate action, helping to both fulfill its commitments under the Kigali Amendment and achieve 2060 carbon neutrality.

(Read the full op-ed here)

April 19, 2021

An important component of keeping global warming within the limits set by the Paris Agreement is the need to reduce hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are powerful greenhouse gases (GHGs) that are increasingly used in the cooling sector.

The 2016 Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol calls for an 85 percent reduction in HFC production and use by 2047 to avoid an up to 0.4 C rise in global temperatures by the end of the century. But the world’s two biggest GHG emitters-China and the United States-have yet to ratify the amendment. However, that might soon be changing.

(Read the full op-ed here)

What to Expect in China's Second
Nationally Determined Contribution




This report is an updated version of our 2019 report on China’s NDC. It reviews the new international and domestic sustainable development trends since the last report and discusses the implementation of China’s first NDC. The second part of the report draws on newly issued strategic plans and policies during the 13th and 14th Five-Year plan periods to explore the climate policy options that may shape China’s second NDC.

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This joint paper by iGDP, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and Korea Environment Institute (KEI) analyses and compares the low carbon city policies and practices of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, with the goal of identifying sector-specific and city-specific good practices that may be instructive to researchers and policymakers in the wider NEA region. It examines key national-level carbon mitigation policies and sector-specific actions, reviews both top-down and bottom-up low carbon city policy-design and implementation mechanisms and describes fifteen case studies on greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions.

The study is part of UNESCAPs North-East Asia Low Carbon City Platform (NEA-LCCP) programme under the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC) and will be used in NEA-LCCP information-sharing activities and to promote regional cooperation on low carbon development and climate action.

iGDP assists cities in identifying locally-suitable pathways to achieve the win-win of economic transition, curbing air pollution, and peak GHGs emissions. iGDP provides China’s cities with the tools for cleaner climate, economic prosperity, and sustainable urbanization.

iGDP helps China’s policymakers better understand the intersection between market mechanisms and low-carbon policy. Projects promote ambitious low-carbon goals and build an enabling environment for a race-to-the-top movement of green growth.

iGDP projects help China’s policymakers and other stakeholders better understand long-term emissions scenarios and build confidence through promoting local champions in implementing climate goals.

iGDP is the secretariat of Green Think Tank Development Partnership, a network of provincial and city-level green development research institutions and experts.     

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. LOGIC contains data from 115 cities, across 23 low-carbon and green indicators, and characterizing cities across ten economic and demographic dimensions. 

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.

Annual Report

iGDP Annual Report 2019

Our annual report provides an overview of all iGDP activities in the previous year. It can be downloaded here or in our publications page. The report details every major iGDP activity in the past year.

A quick snapshot: we hosted and participated in thirty-six conferences and meetings, produced thirty-two opinion pieces, and worked on over ten reports and policy recommendations.  

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