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Emissions Trading System (ETS) in the Context of Climate Change: China’s Response

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Vortrag (englisch):

Emissions Trading System (ETS) in the Context of Climate Change: China’s Response

Speaker:
Prof. Dr. QIN Tianbao, Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University
Time:
Monday, May 13, 18:30
Location:
Technische Universität Berlin, MAR-Gebäude, Marchstr. 23, Room 0.001  

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Trading System (ETS) refers to the trading of six major green­house gases (GHGs). It is an economic tool developed for the purpose of reducing GHG emissions cost-effectively.   

Against this background, it is of great significance to focus on China’s response to the ETS in the context of climate change because, as a major developing country and the largest GHG emitter, China plays a significant role in addressing global warming. This presentation explores the necessity of establishing a Carbon Dioxide ETS in China by discussing the country’s external and internal pressures with regard to emissions reduction; it analyses the feasibility of establishing such an ETS in China by examining the existing policy support; it critically analyses past experiences, including what can be learnt from sulphur dioxide emissions trading, the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and voluntary carbon dioxide emissions trading; and subsequently points out key issues of a carbon dioxide ETS in China.

About the speaker

Dr. QIN Tianbao is a Professor of Law, and serves as the Associate Dean for Research and International Affiliations for both School of Law and the Research Institute of Environmental Law (RIEL), Wuhan University, China.

He is the Head of Environmental Rights Department of the Centre of Protection of Rights of Disadvantaged Citizens (CPRDC) which is a prestigious NGO for Human Rights in China. He is a Legislative Expert for China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and Ministry of Agriculture, and Hubei Province Parliament, an Advisor of Chinese Delegation to negotiations on biodiversity and climate change issues, a Legislative Expert for the UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions. Dr. Qin is the Secretary-General of Chinese Society of Environment and Resources Law (CSERL) and a Member of the Commission on Environmental Law and Commission on Ecosystem Management of the IUCN-The World Conservation Union.  

He recently published: “Climate Change and Emission Trading Systems (ETS). China’s Perspective and International Experiences”, KAS-Schriftenreihe CHINA No. 103, Shanghai 2012. More information HERE

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