Renewables and Alternative Energy

Tianjin WRI Side Event 2010: Fong - Local Target Planning

Download from the link above “Building Low Carbon Provinces and Cities: Practical Tools to Support Local Target Planning”, a presentation by WRI China’s Fong Wee Kean from “Tools for a Low-Carbon Pathway in China”, WRI’s Side Event at the UNFCCC conference in Tianjin, China.

Tianjin WRI Side Event 2010: Zou Ji - Low Carbon Pathways

Download from the link above “Low Carbon Development in China: Vision, Issues, and Latest Progresses”, a presentation by WRI China Country Director Zou Ji from “Tools for a Low-Carbon Pathway in China”, WRI’s Side Event at the UNFCCC conference in Tianjin, China.

Updates from Tianjin: Progress on the GreenGen IGCC project

Having the intercessional UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in China this week – the last stop before ministers and heads of state meet in Cancun for the sixteenth Conference of Parties (COP-16) – provides a timely opportunity for participants to witness firsthand elements of China’s clean energy and climate policies in action.

GE Chair Jeff Immelt Criticizes Outdated US Energy Policy, Urges Better US Regulatory Structure and Support for Innovators to Expand Clean Energy

The U.S. energy regulatory system is “a relic of the 1860s”, according to Jeff Immelt, Chairman of GE, one of the World’s largest manufacturers of new clean energy technology. In a conference in Washington, DC last week, he urged the U.S. government to take positive action in the United States to support clean technology. Yes, said Immelt, China is a competitor, but not just China. Countries such as Canada and Australia also “have much simpler regulatory structures for energy and are moving more quickly.”

Elizabeth Wilson

Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Law at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She holds a doctorate in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and masters in Human Ecology from the Free University of Brussels in Belgium. Her research focuses on the development of carbon-managed energy systems. Recent work examines the regulatory and legal contexts for the deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technologies and evaluation of energy efficiency programs in consumer-owned utilities. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota she worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs
(612) 626-4410

Erica Downs

Erica S. Downs is a Fellow at the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. Previously, she worked as an energy analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, an analyst at the RAND Corporation, and a lecturer at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, China. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from Princeton University and a B.S. from Georgetown University.

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The Brookings Institution
(202) 797-6498

US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue: Pledges of Greater Energy Market Transparency and Energy Supply Diversification

Climate change was not the big news it was a year ago at the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). This is not surprising given that China made its major commitment on emissions reductions – its 40-45% carbon intensity target by 2020 – last year and US climate legislation is pending in the Senate. But many of the key players on climate change, including Secretary of State Clinton, her Climate Negotiator Todd Stern, and Department of Energy Assistant Secretary David Sandalow, were at the meeting. Energy Secretary Steven Chu stayed in the US to address the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but his Department co-hosted three major bilateral seminars on energy efficiency, renewable energy and biofuels after the S&ED.

ChinaFAQs: Solar Energy

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  • China is rolling out policies, subsidies and R&D programs aimed at encouraging the large-scale deployment of solar technologies – including a joint project with an American company to build the world’s largest solar electricity plant in the Mongolian desert.
  • China is already the world’s largest manufacturer of solar photovoltaic cells, but most are exported. Now, it is moving to expand its domestic market.
  • China’s solar push is part of a larger effort to get at least 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

India-China Climate Cooperation Thrives with the “Spirit of Copenhagen”

Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh described the “Copenhagen Spirit” as substantially improving ties between China and India and leading to improved cooperation in related environmental areas, including hydrographic data, glaciological research and forestry. He expressed hope that an MOU signed last fall on energy technologies would yield some concrete projects, but admitted those opportunities had yet to be explored.

Deborah Seligsohn on China's Role in the New Global Green Economy on MSNBC

Watch ChinaFAQs expert Deborah Seligsohn weigh in on China's new role in the global green economy in an interview featured on MSNBC in the video clip below.

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