The EU Delegation to China hosted an online EU-China Seminar on Climate Policy on Tuesday, 31 August 2021. The meeting was opened by Mr. Tim Harrington, Chargé d’Affaires of the EU Delegation to China, and Ms. Elina Bardram, Director of the Directorate General for Climate Action of the European Commission.
Speakers included officials from the European Commission in charge of the Fit For 55 climate policy package, experts and officials from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), Tsinghua University, China Electric Power Planning and Engineering Institute (EPPEI) and Energy Foundation China (EFC) as well as a representative from the European Climate Foundation and E3G–Third Generation Environmentalism
Over the last year, China and the EU have presented robust commitments to address the climate crisis. China has committed to peak CO2 emissions before 2030 and the EU will decrease GHG emissions by at least 55% by the same date. In the longer term both strive for climate neutrality / net zero GHG emissions by 2050 and 2060 respectively.
Recently, the EU and China have prepared policies to implement these objectives. On 14 July the EU presented its “Fit for 55” climate policy package to deliver the GHG reduction target in a holistic manner. In parallel, China has launched its national carbon market and is preparing carbon peaking implementation plans. This seminar provided a timely occasion for experts on both sides to exchange views on recent progress to strengthen a common understanding in view of a successful COP26 where the world will be looking for cooperation, ambition and leadership.
Four key topics were covered in the seminar: the role of carbon markets to achieve the EU and China’s ambitions, policies applicable to Member States / provinces and specific sectors, the role of energy policies and transport policies.
The presentations delivered by EU experts are enclosed below.
Over the past years, the EU and China have cooperated closely on climate action through their Bilateral Cooperation Mechanism. The EU Delegation remains fully committed to support and where possible expand this cooperation.
The event was supported by the EU-China Partnership Facility, funded by the Partnership Instrument.
The presentations delivered by EU experts: