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China's Emissions: On the Path to Sustainable Development?

24 September 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Chatham House, London


Introductory remarks: Jean-Sébastien Jacques, Chief Executive Copper and Coal, Rio Tinto
Felix Preston, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Professor Zhang Xiliang, Director, Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy; Deputy Director, Tsinghua-Rio Tinto Research Centre for Resources, Energy and Sustainable Development, Tsinghua University
Chair: Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent, The Guardian



China accounts for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, and its ability to reach 'peak emissions' before 2030 will play a significant part in determining whether the world can get on track to meet the international goal of limiting global warming to no more than 2 degrees centigrade.

Shortly before the UN meet to adopt the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, the speakers will consider the interactions between China's economy, energy production and its emissions, and whether the country can meet these challenges. In addition, they will discuss how China's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions fit into the bigger picture of sustainable development.

This event will be followed by a reception.