China’s top planner launches global green research programme

Xu Nan, managing editor at chinadialogues’ Beijing Office

On June 11, the climate bureau of China’s National Development and Reform Commission launched a new programme designed to boost research into global low-carbon development.

The International Green Development Plan (iGDP) is a joint project between the NDRC – China’s top economic planning body – the National Climate Strategy Centre, The Energy Foundation and The Climate Foundation.

It aims to promote research into green development and encourage the dissemination and implementation of practical solutions, both domestically and overseas. 

In addition, the plan will help provide long-term technical support for low-carbon development projects and carbon trading test areas. The National Climate Strategy Centre and The Energy Foundation will together establish a programme office and set up an expert steering committee, inviting Chinese and international scholars to help draw up initial guidelines.

Those behind the iGDP say it will serve as a platform for integrating low-carbon projects and energy development, and for matching up China’s “peak carbon” target with international goals.

The programme will look at China’s energy resources – and resource constraints – in light of long-term global emission reduction targets, as well as researching low-carbon development targets for 2050, and strategies for achieving them, and making policy recommendations.

The NRDC’s climate chief, Su Wei, attended the unveiling ceremony.

This article is translated and published here as part of our Green Growth project, a collaboration between chinadialogue and The Energy Foundation.

Translated by chinadialogue volunteer 凯利