[Webinar] Opportunities for Enhanced Near-term U.S.-China Climate Action: Reducing Methane Emissions in the U.S. and China

Cover image, Methane Report

Thursday, June 22, 2023 | 5:00pm - 6:15pm


June 22, 2023 |  5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. (Pacific Time)  

June 23, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. (China Standard Time)

As two of the largest global economies and energy consumers, China and the U.S. are also the top and third largest methane emitters, respectively. Both nations have significant opportunities to reduce their methane emissions over the next decade, with some methods of reduction having low or no costs associated. In the U.S., it's estimated that a total reduction potential of 224 million metric tons of CO₂ equivalent (Mt CO₂e) can be achieved through abatement measures costing $100/t CO₂e or less by 2030. Meanwhile, in China, the potential for methane reduction is predicted to reach 469 Mt CO₂e in 2030, which is equivalent to a 35% decrease from 2015 levels. During this event, issue-experts shared insights from a new report, Reducing Methane Emissions in the U.S. and China.

Agenda (times listed in Pacific Time)

5:00 PM    Discussion is opened by Moderator, Louise Bedsworth, Executive Director of the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, UC Berkeley

5:05 PM    Opening Remarks

  • Jiang Lin, Nat Simons Presidential Chair in China Energy Policy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

5:10 p.m.     Reducing Methane in the U.S. and China  

Presentation of Key Report Findings:

  • Nina Zheng Khanna, Principal Scientific Engineering Associate in the Sustainable Energy & Environmental Systems Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Rixin Zhu, Methane Policy Fellow, California-China Climate Institute

5:30 PM     Expert Commentary 

  • Ken Alex, Director, Project Climate, Center for Law, Energy and The Environment, UC Berkeley
  • Ryna Cui, Assistant Research Director, China Program Co-Director, Center for Global Sustainability, University of Maryland

5:50  PM    Moderated Audience Question and Answer

6:15 PM    Closing Remarks, Louise Bedsworth, Executive Director of the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, UC Berkeley

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