Top academic speaks on climate change and discusses groundbreaking report

17 Mar 2014

UNDP hosts Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri and other distinguished speakers to discuss the ‘China-India Low Carbon Study’

 

Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), today addressed Chinese and international audiences on global climate change issues, at an event which also featured a discussion of a groundbreaking report between China and India on low carbon collaboration.

Dr. Pachauri focused on the need for enhanced collaborative research between China and India, saying: “The two countries operate in similar contexts in terms of local and global environmental issues that confront them today and will become increasingly important in the future. While economic capabilities and institutional systems vary between the two, coordinated knowledge driven processes between China and India will be instrumental in moving both towards global sustainability goals.”  The event was also joined by Mr. Zou Ji, Deputy Director General of the National Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation Center (NCSC) and other distinguished speakers.

The ‘China-India Low Carbon Study’ represents one of the first collaborative efforts between key research institutes in both countries working on climate change-related issues. It examines the main factors in low carbon development – financing, low carbon technologies and on-the-ground implementation – and provides practical recommendations for greater cooperation between the world’s two most populated countries, helping them to share experiences, promote knowledge exchange and disseminate ideas to shape domestic policies and implementation.

The report builds a convincing case for South-South exchange between the two countries. It notes that developing countries are more likely to focus on innovation that contributes to local environmental benefits and to human development, and calls for more public sector funding for low carbon technologies.  The study also identifies several priority sectors and areas for technology cooperation between China and India, including clean coal incineration and power generation technologies, energy-saving technologies in the industrial, building and transportation sectors, wind power utilization, solar power utilization and carbon capture. The report also suggests ways in which China and India can better channel funding towards investing in a low carbon economy, involving more participation of local government in China and a stimulus package to strengthen climate change mitigation in India.

The study is collaborative in nature. From China, the National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) is the lead research institute with Central University of Finance and Economics, and Zhejiang University as partner institutes. The Climate Change Department of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) steered the activities of the China component of the study. The Indian research partner is the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, and the activities of the India component are being guided by a steering committee chaired by the Planning Commission of India.