Webinar: China's Carbon Neutrality Plans: Game Changer for Climate Change?

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Virtual Dialogue

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Friday, April 16, 2021 | 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. (China Time)

On September 22, 2020, China’s President Xi Jinping surprised the world by announcing a goal to achieve “carbon neutrality before 2060,” and peak carbon emissions “before 2030” at the United Nations General Assembly. 

Meanwhile, with U.S. President Joe Biden’s aims to achieve net neutrality by mid-century in the United States, this marks a unique opportunity to explore enhanced dialogue between the U.S. and China on their respective mid-century climate goals. Still, geopolitical tensions between the two nations remain fraught, and each faces significant obstacles toward rapidly decarbonizing their economies. 

To further explore what barriers and opportunities exist for China’s carbon neutrality goals, this panel heard from the authors of China’s Carbon Neutral Opportunity, with commentary from U.S. and Chinese issue-experts. 


5:00 p.m.        Welcome & Introductions

5:05 p.m.         Presentation: China 14th Five Year Plan on Energy    

Chris Busch, Director of Research, Energy Innovation 

Hu Min, Executive President, Beijing Institute of Finance and Sustainability

Hal Harvey, CEO, Energy Innovation 

5:25 p.m.         Expert Commentary and Discussion

Max Auffhammer, Professor of International Sustainable Development and Associate Dean, Division of Social Sciences, UC Berkeley

Angel Hsu, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and the Environment, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

6:00 p.m.         Q&A from Audience 

6:20 p.m.         Recap & Closing Remarks