China accounts for about half of the world’s new building area and the building operation accounts for one-fifth of the country’s carbon emissions. Therefore, it can benefit greatly from building energy efficiency. China connected with California's energy efficiency policies in the 1980s and developed building and appliance efficiency standards. While China’s initial standards built off of those of California’s, some of California’s recent efficiency standards (for example, for computer monitors) were built upon those of China’s. Continued dialogue and competition between California and China will help develop groundbreaking energy efficiency policies and reduce emissions from buildings.
California-China Climate Institute Releases Updated Interactive Research Tool to Track U.S. Climate Action by State and Sector
The California-China Climate Institute today officially launched the latest version of its States’ Climate Action Map, an interactive tool to help policymakers and researchers track climate action by state and sector across America.
California’s Efforts to Reduce Methane Emissions from Landfills
Our new California-China Climate Institute report, produced with colleagues from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, analyzes policies and programs, implementation mechanisms, and lessons-learned from California in reducing methane emissions from the solid waste sector. California’s lessons and experiences provide insights for other regions on best practices that could be adopted, as well as existing challenges and gaps to achieve methane reductions.
California-China Climate Institute Releases 11-Paper Series to Help Spur Further U.S.-China Climate Action
The California-China Climate Institute published new research authored by more than three dozen experts from across the U.S. and China identifying key opportunities for the world’s biggest emitters to accelerate climate action and deliver on the Joint Glasgow Declaration they agreed to at COP26. “This research provides a firm foundation for leaders in the U.S. and China to get back to work – together,” said former California Governor Jerry Brown, Chair of the California China Climate Institute. “Further climate action and collaboration can’t wait.”
Why Wind and Solar Are Ready to Power China’s Next 40 Years
The recently concluded COP27 international climate change summit in Sharm El Sheik offered world leaders, experts, and activists an opportunity to stop and take stock one year after a landmark agreement to “phase down” coal emissions. Already, there is reason for concern.
Regional govts strengthen green ties
Lower tiers of government in countries are playing an important role in boosting biodiversity, experts said ahead of a United Nations conference aimed at increasing protection for the natural world.
Berkeley’s Environmental Experts Lead Events, Urge Collaboration at UN Climate Change Conference
They met with leaders from all over the world, confronted a bevy of vital issues, and delved into their complexities. But throughout the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt, Berkeley Law’s experts sounded a common theme. “We must work together to confront this crisis,” said Mary Nichols, vice chair of the school’s California-China Climate Institute.
California-China Climate Institute Pushes for Further U.S.-China Climate Collaboration and Dialogue at UN Climate Change Conference
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT – As the world’s leaders convened over the past two weeks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt, the California-China Climate Institute led a series of events and meetings to advance collaboration and dialogue between the U.S. and China on climate – culminating in the announcement that both countries will resume climate talks.
The U.S. and China might resume climate talks soon, Jerry Brown says
The U.S. and China might resume climate talks soon, according to former California governor Jerry Brown.
The Challenge of Achieving China’s Carbon Neutrality Target
The China Energy Outlook 2022, a new report published by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), looks comprehensively at recent energy use and related policy in China, using scenario modeling to evaluate potential future pathways. The report shows that in the near term energy-consuming activities in China will need to be reduced, conducted more efficiently, and produced by renewable energy sources at unprecedented levels if China is going to be successful in turning around its current upward trajectory of both energy consumption and emissions of greenhouse gasses.
US and China: climate collaboration on the ground
As the governments of China and the United States stall over climate cooperation, subnational entities — including states, provinces, cities and universities — are pressing forwards and finding common ground. They are uniquely positioned to test, accelerate and form partnerships on new ideas and policies.
US, China urged to team up on emissions
Climate experts have urged more Sino-US cooperation in reducing carbon emissions from ships and aircraft.
Bilateral effort sought to curb deforestation
Environmental experts at a recent online conference called on the US and China to collaborate to tackle global illegal deforestation, an issue that both nations pledged to support at last year's United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Will a freeze in US–China climate talks threaten global action?
Researchers worry that a protracted stand-off could slow progress on tackling global warming and hamper research collaborations.
Jerry Brown was surprised — and thrilled — by Joe Manchin’s climate deal
Jerry Brown weighs in on the climate bill and U.S.-China relations.
U.S. - China Subnational Climate Cooperation - Updates, Progress, and Recommendations: Part Two
The first blog in this two-part series, provided a brief update on the state of U.S.-China subnational climate cooperation and reviewed domestic progress on climate policy in the U.S. This second and final piece, provides more detail on subnational climate action and progress in China, and concludes with suggestions on how to re-invigorate U.S.-China cooperation and facilitate greater mutual understanding.
U.S. - China Subnational Climate Cooperation - Updates, Progress, and Recommendations: Part One
U.S.-China subnational climate cooperation has faced significant headwinds over the past few years — from the impacts of COVID-19 which largely froze travel between the U.S. and China, to the broader instability of the U.S.-China relationship.
Reimagining Nature-based Climate Solutions to Meet Our Policy Goals
This blog distills a research paper advancing a new Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) Governance Framework, to support subnational policymakers in integrating nature-based strategies into climate policy planning processes. NbS approaches such as regenerative agriculture, forest restoration, and green infrastructure, confer concurrent benefits within and beyond the landscapes they improve.
The Washington Post: California - not Biden - is leading climate cooperation with China
Beijing sees California as a climate leader, with some of the most advanced policies globally.
Opportunities for California to Learn from the European Union
California is often cited a leader in subnational climate leadership and action. However, an in-depth analysis of California's climate policy on a sector-by-sector basis exposes a number of policy gaps that still need to be filled and there is much California could learn from other jurisdictions, including the European Union.