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Costs and Benefits of Shore Power at the Port of Shenzhen

Seven of the world’s 10 largest and busiest container ports are located in China. These booming ports serve as the engines of China’s economic growth.

Putting China’s Water Pollution Action Plan into Action

While air pollution is serious in China, worsening water quality of lakes, rivers, and groundwater is perhaps a larger challenge. In April 2015, China’s State Council issued the Water Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan—a comprehensive water policy with strict targets that aims to break down silos between government agencies to reduce water pollution, particularly from industries. 
 

Currently Seeking - Resource Efficiency Specialist - China Water Program, World Bank

International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, pursues its dual missions of reducing poverty and increasing shared prosperity by promoting private sector development through investment and advisory services. IFC looking to recruit an experienced operations officer to help implement various E&RE programs, including the China Water Program. 

Impact of China’s Cap and Trade Announcement

What are the implications of China’s “Cap and Trade” program announcement? Will it position China as a leader in addressing threats posed by climate change? And what impact will it have on the global debate about how we should respond to a warming planet? That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

 

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The Xi-Obama Meeting: Outcomes and Expectations

The meeting between President Xi and President Obama has come and gone leaving in its wake opinions on outcomes and expectations. Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly helps us sort through the details and also provides thoughts on how China views the TPP agreement. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

 

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Lessons Learned from China's ETA Pilot Programs, says CEF Director Jennifer Turner in Xinhua News

In September, President Xi Jinping told the UN Sustainable Development Summit that China wants discussion on establishing a global energy network to meet the global power demand with clean and green alternatives. China is promoting green, low-carbon, climate resilient and sustainable development through institutional innovation, policy and action.The government will also encourage banks and enterprises to issue more green bonds, to establish green development funds that support environmental management and protection.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Quoted in the Washington Post on China's Cap and Trade Plan

Chinese President Xi Jinping made his commitment to introduce a nationwide cap and trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions. However, the effectiveness of the emissions trading system, now being used by seven Chinese cities, will hinge on how the system is designed and implemented.

Does China Have the Institutions to Make Cap and Trade Work?

When China announced that it would institute a cap-and-trade program to control greenhouse gas emissions, many environmentalists praised the development. They took it as a sign that the world's second-largest economy is serious about becoming a leader in the fight against climate change

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Featured on BBC News Discussing China's New Carbon Trading System

At the height of President Xi Jinping's recent visit to the U.S., China announced a national carbon trading system to begin in 2017.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner discusses China's new market mechanism for curbing carbon emissions, examining issue areas and its role in the U.S.-China Climate Agreement made in November 2014. Turner cites transparency issues on the road ahead for implementation.

Dr. Turner's commentary is featured at 13:41-16:57. For full interview, please click here.

Decarbonizing China’s Power Sector for Cleaner Air and Climate Smart Cities

At the US-China Climate Smart/Low Carbon City Summit held September 15-16 in Los Angeles, 11 Chinese cities and 3 provinces committed to taking steps to reduce carbon emissions and reach “peak coal” earlier than China’s national 2030 target. Continued expansion of renewables, gas, nuclear power and energy efficient buildings in China’s cities will depend heavily on efforts to decarbonize the country’s power grid.

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