March 8 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
March 9 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Beijing Time)
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China has set a long-term carbon neutrality goal for 2060. But much of its current energy policy relies upon continuing domestic consumption of emissions-intensive coal-fired power. Recently, China has committed to strictly control new coal power projects and coal consumption over the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) period, to start coal phasedown during the 15th Five-Year Plan (2026-2030), and to make its best efforts to accelerate this work.
How could China accomplish this feat? New analysis from the California-China Climate Institute and the University of Maryland’s Center for Global Sustainability provides a strategy and methodology for China to begin its coal phase-down in this critical decade. Through targeted retirement of a small set of poorly performing or otherwise undesirable plants, China can meet existing policy priorities, maximize socio-economic and environmental benefits and balance retirements over time and space. We heard from policy experts on the results from this new research.
5:00 Opening and Welcome Remarks
Dr. Jessica Gordon, Climate Policy Fellow, California-China Climate Institute
5:10 Report Overview Presentation
Dr. Ryna Cui, Assistant Research Professor, China Program Co-Director, Center for Global Sustainability, University of Maryland
5:20 Commentary and Discussion
Dr. Yuan Jiahai, Professor, North China Electric Power University
Dr. He Gang, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University
Dr. Zhang Ying, Associate Professor, Research Center for Sustainable Development, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
5:35 Audience Q & A
5:55 Closing Remarks