Lecture | US-China Energy and Climate Change Policy

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Speaker: David Sandalow

Host: David Moser

Theme: US-China Energy and Climate Change Policy

Date: October 24 (Wednesday), 2018

Time: 19:00 – 20:30

Location: Room B101, Second Gymnasium, Yenching Academy, Peking University

Language: English


Abstract:


In 2017, China was the world’s leading emitter of heat-trapping gases. Its policies for limiting emissions will have a significant impact on the global climate for decades to come. China’s leaders have declared that climate change “poses a huge challenge to the survival and development of the human race” and that China is “one of the most vulnerable countries to the adverse impacts of climate change.” The Chinese government has adopted short- and medium-term goals for limiting emissions and a wide-ranging set of policies that contribute to meeting those goals.


In his book, Guide to Chinese Climate Policy, Professor Sandalow examines Chinese climate policies in detail. The book reviews Chinese emissions, explores impacts of climate change in China and provides a short history of Chinese climate policies. The bulk of the volume discusses China’s principal climate policies, explaining the tools the Chinese government uses to address climate change and related topics. Please join us for a lecture by and discussion with Prof. Sandalow.


Speaker:

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David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and co-Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He founded and directs the Center’s U.S.-China Program.


Mr. Sandalow has served in senior positions at the White House, State Department and U.S. Department of Energy. He came to Columbia from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he served as Under Secretary of Energy (acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs. Prior to serving at DOE, Mr. Sandalow was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science and a Senior Director on the National Security Council staff.


Mr. Sandalow writes and speaks widely on energy and climate policy. Recent works include Guide to Chinese Climate Policy (July 2018), A Natural Gas Giant Awakens (June 2018, co-author), The Geopolitics of Renewable Energy (2017, co-author), Financing Solar and Wind Power: Lessons from Oil and Gas (2017, co-author), CO2 Utilization Roadmap 2.0 (2017, project chair) and The History and Future of the Clean Energy Ministerial (2016). Other works include Plug-In Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington? (2009) (editor), U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate Change (2009) (co-author) and Freedom from Oil (2008).

 

Mr. Sandalow is a member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee, Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee, Board of Directors of Fermata Energy and Highview Power Storage, University of Michigan Energy Institute’s Advisory Board, Electric Drive Transport Association’s “Hall of Fame” and Council on Foreign Relations. He chairs the ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project. Mr. Sandalow is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Yale College.

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