Carbon neutrality: how fast can China go?
Professor Pan Jiahua, Member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Professor of Economics & Director, Institute of Ecocivilization Studies, Beijing University of Technology, will deliver a lecture on China's carbon neutrality target. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.
China has pledged carbon neutrality before 2060 and upgraded its Nationally Determined Contributions for 2030 under the Paris Agreement. China has made great efforts to scale up zero carbon energy supply and end-use consumption through the so-called energy revolution, from both the production and consumption side. However, the inertia and barriers, including the existing energy system, locked-in physical infrastructure, and socio-economic elements, will make it a difficult and painful process to reach carbon neutrality. Nevertheless, the competitiveness of zero-carbon electricity will have the market power to phase out fossil fuel energy. There is a potential that carbon neutrality can be a reality earlier than imagined.
Professor PAN Jiahua received his PhD in Environmental Economics from the University of Cambridge. He is currently a Member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Director of the Institute of Eco-civilization Studies, Beijing University of Technology. He is President of the Chinese Society of Urban Economics, Vice President of the Chinese Association for Research & Promotion of Eco-civilization, Vice Chair, National Expert Panel on Climate Change in China, IGS (Independent Group of Scientists, appointed by UN Secretory-General for drafting GSDR2023) member, and lead author, IPCC Working Group III on Mitigation. He was formerly Director-General of the Institute of Eco-civilization Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Science, member of Foreign Policy Advisory Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Senior Economist, IPCC Working Group III, and Senior Programme Officer, UNDP Beijing Office.
Professor PAN Jiahua’s areas of research include sustainable urbanization, energy and climate policy, and new ecological economics. He was awarded first and second prizes for best research work, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (2002, 2004 & 2013), Sun Yefang Award of Economic Sciences (2011), China Green Person of the Year 2010/2011 and China Environment Prize (2016).
This is one of the lectures in the on-going China Centre Seminar series, hosted by the China Centre, Jesus College. The lectures, given by eminent speakers, cover a broad range of topics and disciplines.
This is a virtual seminar. Attendance is free. Advance booking is required by emailing: email@example.com. Priority will be given to members of Jesus College and the University of Cambridge.