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This is a selection of the Chinese language articles we publish on our different WeChat accounts to demonstrate the different topics we provide analysis for to our Chinese audience. These articles aim to explain certain policy developments related to green development and low-carbon policies in China and abroad and highlight iGDP’s research. You can explore the articles further by clicking on the link and right-clicking in the article to activate the automatic translation function in your browser.  

[Carbon Policy] "Guiding Opinions on Strengthening Industrial Integration and Promoting Industrial Green Development" issued

The “Plan” aims to stablish sustainable industrial integration as a path to promote industrial green development, promote the construction of an industrial system that promotes industrial green low-carbon transformation and industrial empowerment green development, promote green economic and social development, and contribute to the response to global climate change.

[Carbon Policy] "National Coal Power Unit Transformation and Upgrade Implementation Plan" released

 The “Plan” stated several new goals for the transformation of the coal industry in China, such as: “by 2025, the national average coal consumption for thermal power supply will be reduced to less than 300 grams of standard coal/kWh; during the ’14th Five-Year Plan’ period, the flexible manufacturing scale of coal-fired power units will be 150 million kilowatts.”

[Focus on Two Sessions] The 14th Five-Year Plan: Towards Carbon Neutrality

The Prime Minister’s Government Work Report enveiled during the Two Sessions revealed a firm determination to put in place certain measures during the 14th Five-Year Plan to achieve carbon neutrality. iGDP analyzed these measures and compares them with other measures the government can take to achieve an earlier carbon peaking and carbon neutrality.

[Focus on Two Sessions] New opportunities for China's development under the vision of carbon neutrality

In 2020, China made a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 at the United Nations General Assembly, injecting new impetus into global climate governance. On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, the new US President Joe Biden has also made combating climate change one of his priorities. This article is a summary of a report written by Chinese and US experts comparing both countries’ recent pledges and progress.

[Focus on Two Sessions] List of major projects reveals greenness of economic recovery in various provinces

China’s carbon peak and carbon neutrality goals have become hot topics at home and abroad. The “14th Five-Year Plan” as the first five-year plan after the introduction of the carbon neutrality goals has attracted special attention. At the Central Economic Work Conference, “doing a good job in carbon peaking and carbon neutrality” was listed as one of the key tasks in 2021. The carbon neutral plan or work plan is the core guide of the specific work, but its implementation is more important. The list of major projects in each province serves as a microscopic manifestation of the development of the real economy, and its degree of greenness and low-carbonization can better reflect the implementation of macroeconomic policies. In our analysis, we took a closer look at the major projects lists to determine how much it has already been affected by the dual goals of carbon peaking and carbon neutrality.

[Working paper] Successful cases of companies and investment institutions participating in the Shanghai carbon market

On September 22, 2020, President Xi Jinping announced in his speech at the general debate of the 75th United Nations General Assembly for China to strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and strive to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. The high-profile construction of a national carbon market is an important starting point for helping China achieve its carbon peak and carbon neutral goals. After the national carbon market was launched at the end of 2017, the preparatory work has been steadily advanced. In this analysis, Liu Jia at the Green Innovation Development Center looks at the Shanghai carbon market and the lessons the national carbon market can learn from it.

Expectations for China's Second Nationally Determined Contribution

After experiencing the hottest summer in human history, the 2019 Climate Action Summit will be held in New York on September 23. Brazil is struggling with the most intense rainforest fires in the past decade, and Greenland has recently experienced one of the most severe melts in the region in 700 years. Therefore, urgency and action will become the key words of this summit.

The 2019 Climate Action Summit hosted by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres aims to enhance the ambitions of all parties and accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. According to the implementation rules of the Paris Agreement, countries will submit the second round of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in 2020, and should show each country’s plan to strengthen climate action accordingly. iGDP looks ahead at what can be expected of China’s updated NDC.

A heat wave is sweeping the world. How can climate risks be included in mainstream rating systems?

Since 2015 , the earth is experiencing the hottest five years since record. iGDP analysts look at how climate risk can be included in risk rating systems.

How will demographic trends affect China's carbon emissions in the future

Population is one of the key factors affecting changes in carbon emissions. Recently, population experts’ judgments that the number of births in China in 2018 will be lower than expected once again ignited the public’s attention to China’s population trend. Demographic changes include changes in total population and population structure. Most population forecasting studies have the same basic judgments on China’s future demographic changes, that is, the downward trend of China’s population growth will continue, but the future population structure will undergo tremendous changes. How to integrate the demographic structure and the social and economic attributes behind it into an overall analysis system framework is a key issue that requires more attention and efforts to solve China’s carbon emission model research.