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Is China Hungry for Low-Carbon Beef?: A Green Tea Chat on Deforestation and Agricultural Commodities with André Vasconcelos and Ren Peng

Date & Time

Feb. 20, 2024
9:30am – 10:15am ET


Online Only


The vast majority of deforestation is being driven by the agricultural expansion of a handful of commodities, including beef, soy, palm oil, wood pulp and cocoa. The greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation linked to these five commodities in only six countries is greater than annual emissions of Germany. As a major consumer country, China accounts for 30% of global beef imports and can play a critical role in contributing to support actions to reduce these emissions.  

Jennifer Turner will sit down with André Vasconcelos (Global Canopy) and Ren Peng (Global Environmental Institute) for a Green Tea Chat to discuss how the carbon footprint of major agricultural commodities is a key issue that needs cooperation between producer and consumer countries. They will also delve into policy efforts from China that can help offset their carbon emissions from consumption.  

This event is part of the China Environment Forum and Ohio State University Cool Agriculture Project.


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Ren Peng

Program Manager, Global Environmental Institute
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André Vasconcelos

Global Engagement Lead, Trase, Global Canopy

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China Environment Forum

Since 1997, the China Environment Forum's mission has been to forge US-China cooperation on energy, environment, and sustainable development challenges. We play a unique nonpartisan role in creating multi-stakeholder dialogues around these issues.  Read more

Brazil Institute

The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and US institutions in all sectors. The Brazil Institute plays this role by producing independent research and programs that bridge the gap between scholarship and policy, and by serving as a crossroads for leading policymakers, scholars and private sector representatives who are committed to addressing Brazil’s challenges and opportunities.  Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

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