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Damian Ryan, The Climate Group's Policy Manager, debates international climate developments on CCTV America

Date
12 June 2014
Damian Ryan, The Climate Group's Policy Manager, debates international climate developments on CCTV America

LONDON: Damian Ryan, Senior Policy Manager at The Climate Group recently contributed to a discussion on European climate action with American TV and radio station, CCTV.

The conversation, which was hosted by Anand Naidoo, focused on the changing landscape of global climate policy, with the spotlight on recent developments in China and Europe.

Damian Ryan was keen to emphasize the EU's progress towards mitigating further global warming: "If you look at the topline numbers, if you look at where Europe's heading in terms of its emissions trajectory. The European Union has a 20% reduction target for CO2 emissions by 2020, it's nearly on track to reach that. In fact, the lastest figures that came out suggested it is close to a 19% reduction already compared to 1990."

He continued, by highlighting individual member state's achievements: "If you look at Denmark for example, last year they generated a third of their electricity from wind power. A few years ago people would have said that would be impossible."

Germany was revealed as Europe's Clean Revolution leader, with the Policy Manager attributing the growing solar industry to consistent German demand. 

Li Shuo, a climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace East Asia recognized that China is undertaking a very "pragmatic approach" for its climate and energy governance plans.

"As a result of air pollution, we are seeing very robust and rapid change, in terms of our coal consumption trajectory...We are seeing a siginificant slow down of [China's] coal consumption growth rate," the activist confirmed.

Mr. Shuo also highlighted that China is the largest renewable energy manufacturer which generates GDP as well as provides employment. He also reminded the audience that China is the number 1 installer for wind in the world.

You can watch the full interview below:

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