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October 9, 2016

Research Dialogue on Climate Change, Fall 2016

Research Dialogue on Climate Change, Fall 2016

On October 10-11, 2016 the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues hosted a two-day research dialogue on climate change at the Carnegie- Tsinghua Center in Beijing. Professor Joanna Lewis (Georgetown University), in collaboration with Professor Zhang Xiliang (Tsinghua University) re-convened the climate change research group, consisting of six energy and climate experts from the United States and China, for a structured dialogue around key academic and policy issues relating to climate change. The discussion also included a closed consultation with Beijing-area stakeholders. During the research group meetings, the participants further developed their joint research agenda and presented initial data and findings for the three topics selected at the first meeting in Washington. The topics include: the global agenda for energy finance, clean-energy technology transfer, and post-Paris policy implementation.

Policy Consultation

A workshop convened on October 10, 2016 at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy invited Beijing-area policy stakeholders to hear from and share their perspectives on the work in progress being conducted by the research group. Participants included officials from relevant government ministries, researchers from China-based think tanks and universities, and staff from international and local non-governmental organizations The discussion and feedback provided by the participants complemented the June 2016 policy consultation held with Washington-based stakeholders.

Next Steps

The group agreed to continue to work together to conduct joint research through both in-person and virtual meetings over the next year. The group will formally convene again in the fall of 2017 to present their findings.