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China: In Search of a Green Economy

Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 8:00am to 9:30am

Climate change and environmental degradation is a threat for economic prosperity. In relation to its commitment to achieve the Paris Agreement goals, China is aiming to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. China is leading in renewable energy production figures. It is currently the world's largest producer of wind and solar energy and the largest domestic and outbound investor in renewable energy. At the same time, Greenhouse gas emissions by China are the largest of any country in the world both in production and consumption terms. This stems mainly from coal electricity generation, which represents 60 percent of power and mining.

Carbon neutrality refers to the elimination of carbon dioxide. China’s government supports R&D efforts for green technology innovation. A major challenge is the greening of China’s manufacturing system to create a more sustainable economy. International cooperation for the greater good of mitigating global warming is urgently needed and China’s green trajectory comes with both opportunities and challenges for the rest of the world.

What You’ll Learn:

  • China’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Challenges and opportunities of green technology
  • International cooperation regarding Paris Agreement Goals


  • Lourdes Casanova, Senior Lecturer, Director Emerging Markets Institute
  • Henri Li and Gari Xiao, Yingke Law Firm
  • Yan Chen, China International Capital Corporation (CICC)
  • Crystal GENG, Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd.
  • Moderator: Ying Hua, Director, Cornell China Center
  • Q&A moderator: David (Wei) Wu, Executive Project Manager and Attorney

This event is cosponsored by the Emerging Markets Institute, the Cornell China Center, and eCornell.

Event time:
8:00-9:30 am New York time
8:00-9:30 pm Beijing time

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Registration link for attendees in China:

(Attendees in China should register and attend through the Zoom link, as the eCornell platform may not work in China.)

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