Insight Briefing - Inside China

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1 October 2015

With the global COP21 climate talks in Paris just around the corner, this Insight Briefing by BSR and The Climate Group, both founding members of We Mean Business, to provide an overview of China’s climate policies, including its national emission reduction targets and emissions trading market, as well as the role of the country’s sub-national governments and private sector in achieving a strong, low carbon economy.

Over the past 6 months, countries from around the world have submitted their intended plans for addressing climate change past 2020, called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The INDCs provide an early indication of what a climate deal could look like at COP21. China’s INDC, which was submitted in June, includes clear targets – and clear policy instruments on how to achieve them.

Given the country’s huge economic output, China will be vital to the success of an international climate agreement. Based on an in-depth review of China’s climate policy documents as well as insights from global experts, BSR and The Climate Group analyze China’s climate actions so far, plans for COP21 and key challenges to success, in order to foster understanding and collaboration among key actors in the lead-up to COP21.

  • About BSR

    BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration

  • About We Mean Business

    We Mean Business is a powerful coalition of world-leading business and climate organizations, which have joined forces – for the first time – to create a unified business voice in support of decisive action to tackle climate change and transition to a low carbon future.

    Founding partners are BSR, the B Team, CDP, Ceres, The Climate Group, the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and WBCSD: the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which together represent thousands of top companies and investors.

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