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Reprinted News | China’s Urban Carbon Emissions Summit and Low Carbon Development Seminar Held in Chengdu

On May 8, 2019, the China Urban Carbon Emissions Summit and Low Carbon Development Seminar was held in Science City, Chengdu Tianfu New District, from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Communications and other relevant ministries and commissions, and more than 30 local governments and relevant international institutions. Nearly 200 representatives from the company gathered together to exchange experiences on the carbon emissions peaks of the city and jointly explored collaborative innovation solutions.

The conference was hosted by the Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development of Tsinghua University and the National Center for Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation. The City Carbon Peak International Cooperation Platform and Energy Foundation, the Tianfu New District Chengdu Management Committee and Tsinghua Sichuan Energy Hosted by the Internet Research Institute.

As of June 2018, 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) have issued provincial-level “13th Five-Year Plan” to control greenhouse gas emissions, or more than 70 cities have set peak year targets, and more than 20 cities have introduced Relevant policy documents have accumulated certain practical experience.

Li Zheng, executive vice president of the Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development at Tsinghua University, said in the opening ceremony that “the peak of carbon emissions in cities is the key to China’s goal of achieving the national contribution of the Paris Agreement. We are organizing this seminar. I hope that during the key window of the “14th Five-Year Plan”, we will provide kinetic energy for the city to actively promote the peak of carbon emissions.”

Xie Zhenhua, China’s special representative on climate change and dean of the Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development of Tsinghua University, stressed in his speech that the global climate change challenge is becoming increasingly urgent and urgent, and the green and low-carbon transformation is irreversible. China is actively exploring green and low-carbon development. The road to achieving the goal of achieving carbon emission peaks around 2030 is not only our solemn commitment to the international community, but also a strategic move to achieve our goal of leading and forcing green and low-carbon transformation in China.

Xie Zhenhua said: “The establishment of a strong peak target will form a mechanism for rallying people, encouraging innovation, and promoting transformation. Instead of hindering urban development, it will foster new kinetic energy growth, create new industries, and drive employment. To enhance the vitality and stamina of urban development, increase the livability of the city, and improve the health and quality of life of the people.”

Xie Zhenhua
Deputy Mayor Liu Xuguang of Chengdu Municipal People's Government

Sun Wei, deputy director of the Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, introduced in his speech that China has launched three batches of low-carbon provinces and cities. These pilots cover all provinces in the country and cover areas with different levels of economic development. It is very remarkable.

Sun Wei stressed: “Now is a new stage. I hope this conference can provide some valuable views, reach more consensus and get more support.”

Deputy Mayor Liu Xuguang of Chengdu Municipal People’s Government introduced in his speech: “As an important part of the national central city and the ecological barrier of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, Chengdu insists on the development of green low-carbon development as a fundamental path and vigorously promotes the construction of national low-carbon pilot cities. In 2025, Dafeng promised to continuously improve the quality of the environment and accelerate the construction of a beautiful and livable park city.”

Zhao Lechen, chief engineer of the Sichuan Provincial Department of Ecology and Environment, said: “Sichuan has placed green low carbon in a more prominent position, highlighting the implementation of Dafeng’s actions, energy conservation and emission reduction and demonstration creation, and integrating green and low carbon into the whole process of treating Xingchuan. To accelerate the formation of a green, low-carbon spatial pattern, economic structure, growth mode and lifestyle, and to use green and low-carbon development as an important focus for promoting high-quality development and building beautiful Sichuan.”

Zhao Lechen, chief engineer of the Sichuan Provincial Department of Ecology and Environment

The speeches of the conference invited a number of authoritative experts in the field to share their wonderful views. Liu Yanhua, the State Council Counselor and Director of the National Climate Change Expert Committee, will focus on “the direct consumption of fossil energy in the city and the indirect emissions of energy-consuming products in urban areas”. The roadmap for urban emission peaks should be clearer and lower. The relationship between carbon and development, and the way out for low-carbon development have been analyzed in depth.

Any deputy director of the National Committee on Climate Change Experts and the academic committee of the Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development of Tsinghua University believes that under the new economic normal, implementing new development concepts and promoting economic transformation, the overall situation is conducive to carbon dioxide emissions. As early as the peak. In the future, we must continue to maintain strategic strength, and we must promote the promotion of low-carbon development as our important guiding ideology.

Xu Huaqing, director of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation

Xu Huaqing, director of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation, detailed the current situation and new requirements for promoting low-carbon development and achieving peaks at the national and city levels. Xu Huaqing emphasized that the three provinces of Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, as the developed provinces and cities of the country, must take the lead in doing more research, development and implementation of carbon emission peaks. It is necessary to put “double”, that is, carbon emission peaks and urban air standards, as an important battle in the “fourth five-year” ecological environment.

Zou Wei, president of the Beijing Office of the Energy Foundation (USA), said that Green Mountain Green Mountain will not naturally become Jinshan Yinshan. It is an inevitable condition for Jinshan Yinshan. The central and local governments, especially the urban level, have to go through hardships. The carbon transformation efforts will be able to cash the green hills into Jinshan Yinshan.

Zou Wei, president of the Beijing Office of the Energy Foundation (USA)

Former deputy mayor of Shenzhen, Tang Jie, professor of Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen) School of Economics and Management, Wang Jinzhao, deputy director of the Department of Foreign Economic Research of the Development Research Center of the State Council, and Tian Chunxiu, deputy director of the Center for Environmental and Economic Policy Research of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, respectively Important issues such as governance shared ideas.

In the afternoon, the conference focused on “promoting carbon emission peaks, realizing opportunities and challenges for high-quality development”, “institutional mechanism innovation for climate investment and financing and low-carbon transformation”, and “cooperative control and management of urban carbon emission reduction and air pollution prevention and control”, and the “model and methodology of urban carbon peak research” four topics arranged a parallel forum, the guests had an in-depth exchange around the issues of interest.

Transfer from: Institute of Climate Change, Tsinghua University