Webinar: COP26 – What are China’s real intentions?

Net Zero Watch Webinar

Thursday 28th November, 1700 BST / 1200 EDT / 0900 PDT

China has been keen to emphasise its ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 and has announced a target to achieve a 65% reduction in the emissions intensity of its economy by 2030.

However, some analysts have suggested that all is not as it seems. While Xi Jinping has been keen to talk up China’s green credentials, he has been happy to allow the construction of a spate of new coal power stations. He has also been clear that China will not allow itself to be dictated to by the West, and has refused to attend COP26 in person.

What does China really want? Joining Net Zero Watch’s Harry Wilkinson to discuss this vital topic are Professor Jun Arima, David Rose, Professor Gwythian Prins and Patricia Adams.

The webinar is being shown live via Zoom, and you can register by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can follow the event live on YouTube, which you can set a reminder for using the link below.

Our panellists:

Professor Jun Arima

Jun Arima is an economist and Professor in the Graduate School of Public Policy in the University of Tokyo. He began his career in Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry, has served as Energy Advisor to the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the OECD, as well as Head of the Country Studies Division of the International Energy Agency. In the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), he has held the posts of Director of the International Affairs Division, Deputy Director General for Global Environmental Affairs, and Director General of the Japan External Trade Organization London. Throughout his career in METI, he was closely involved in international energy and climate policies, and has served as one of the chief negotiators of the Japanese delegation at the UN climate talks.

David Rose

Broad spectrum investigative writer on many aspects of UK and world affairs. Winner of the News Reporter of the Year award in the Society of Editors British Press awards for 2015, shortlisted for 2017 and winner of the Feature Writer of the Year award for 2018. Also shortlisted in reporter and feature writer categories on five previous occasions; highly commended in 2012. Previous awards include Bar Council legal reporter of the year, Royal Institute of International Affairs David Watt memorial prize, Howard League for Penal Reform award, Trento Mountain Literature Festival Grand Prize. Shortlisted twice for the Boardman-Tasker mountain literature award and once for the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger for a non fiction book.

Professor Gwythian Prins

Professor Gwythian Prins is Research Professor Emeritus at the LSE where he directed the Mackinder Programme. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. He was Convenor of the Hartwell Group on Climate Change and Energy 2007–19, co-author with the late Professor Steve Rayner of two seminal papers ‘The Wrong Trousers’ and ‘Time to Ditch Kyoto’ (2007) and lead author notably of ‘The Hartwell Paper’ (2010) and ‘The Vital Spark: Innovating Clean and Affordable Energy for All’ (2013). Before that he was the first security consultant to the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction & Research at the Meteorological Office loaned by the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency of the MoD (1999–2001), and afterwards a member of the Chief of the Defence Staff’s Strategy Advisory Panel. During his early career he was a Fellow in History and University Lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge.

Patricia Adams

Patricia Adams is an economist and the executive director of Probe International, a Toronto-based NGO that has been involved in the Chinese environmental movement since its beginnings in the mid-1980s through the publication of books such as Damming the Three Gorges and Three Gorges Probe, a news portal published in English and Chinese. As editor of the English language translation of Yangtze! Yangtze!, the book that helped inspire China’s democracy movement, and as an author and contributor to books and journals on China’s environmental crises, she is an authority on China’s environmental policy. Ms Adams, a founder of the World Rainforest Movement and the International Rivers Network, has testified before Congressional and Parliamentary Committees in the US and Canada, and has often appeared in major media, including the BBC, CBC, NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail and National Post.

Read more:

The Worm in the RoseGwythian Prins (October, 2021)

Eco-fundamentalism as Grist for China’s Mill. Jun Arima (October, 2021)

The Red and the Green: China’s Useful Idiots. Patricia Adams (December, 2020)

How China made a mockery of Boris Johnson’s great green jobs boastDavid Rose, Daily Mail (October, 2021).

via Net Zero Watch


October 26, 2021 at 11:10AM

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