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GLOBE delegations to China

These page contains a summary of outcomes from visits of GLOBE delegations to China which took place in 2013 after the leadership transition.

 

NDRC Minister Xie Zhenhua announces timetable for Chinese Climate Law at GLOBE Study Launch in Beijing

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On 18 April 2013, Xie Zhenhua, Vice Chairman of China’s National Development & Reform Commission (China’s Planning Ministry) launched the Chinese edition of the 3rd GLOBE Climate Legislation Study at an event in Beijing.

The Minister was joined by GLOBE President and Chairman of the UK Statutory Climate Change Committee, Rt Hon, John Gummer, Lord Deben, the former UK Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Lord John Prescott. The GLOBE International delegation included Steen Gade MP, the Chairman of the Danish Climate Change Committee, Arnaud Leroy MP, Secretary of the Sustainable Development Commission of the French National Assembly, and Deputy Antonio Ramos Preto, Chairman of the Portuguese Parliament's Committee on Environment.

The Minister announced that China's legislation on climate change would be comprehensive and will be forthcoming within the next two years.

Speaking at the launch Minister Xie outlined the actions China was taking to address climate change and the importance of China's climate change law which is currently under development. Minister Xie congratulated GLOBE on the influential Study and the importance of recognising national legislation as a key contributor to the international process.

 

GLOBE International renews partnership with the National People's Congress of China

deben-lu-haoFollowing the formation of the new National People’s Congress (NPC) of China in March under the leadership transition, a senior delegation from GLOBE visited the Chinese Congress.

The delegation led by GLOBE’s President, Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben and included Rt Hon. Lord John Prescott, Deputy Arnoud Leroy of France, Steen Gade of Denmark, Deputy Antonio Ramos Preto from Portugal and GLOBE’s Secretary General, Adam C.T. Matthews.
A formal dialogue was held with the new Chairman and Members of the NPC Environment Protection and Resources Conservation Committee.  

The Committee, chaired by Congressman Lu Hao, briefed the GLOBE delegation on the Committee’s work on climate change and on overseeing the implementation of China’s Renewable Energy Law and other environmental legislation.

 

GLOBE delegation meeting with Su Wei (NDRC) and with the National People's Congress of China in Beijing

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On Friday 5 July 2013, a GLOBE delegation led by Hon. Cedric Frolick MP, Chairperson of the South African National Assembly, met with Su Wei, Director General of the Climate Change Department in the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). The other legislators present included Deputy Lourdes Adriana López Moreno (Mexico), Congressman Walden Bello (Philippines) and Congressman Alfonso Pérez Gómez (Costa Rica). Issues discussed included the latest developments in the drafting of China's climate change legislation, the 4th GLOBE Climate Legislation Study (covering 66 countries and due to be launched in the US Congress in January 2014), and prospects for a new international climate change deal in 2015. DG Su reiterated China's desire to pass its climate change law "as soon as possible" and a full first draft was expected this year. Su also reiterated the importance of legislators in developing, passing and overseeing the implementation of legislation and in holding governments to account on their commitments.

 

GLOBE delegation meets with Vice Chairmen Zhang Yunchuan and Wang Qingxi of the Environment Protection and Resources Conservation Committee in the NPC

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Also on Friday 5 July 2013, the GLOBE delegation met with Vice Chairmen Zhang Yunchuan and Wang Qingxi of the Environment Protection and Resources Conservation Committee in the NPC. The Vice Chairmen relayed the NPC's enthusiasm for participating in GLOBE's work programme on climate change and natural capital accounting, and expressed their willingness to participate in the launch of the 4th GLOBE Climate Legislation Study in January 2014 and the 2nd World Summit of Legislators in Mexico in June 2014.

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The Chinese translation of the 3rd GLOBE Climate Legislation Study

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On 18 April 2013, Minister Xie Zhenhua, Vice Chairman of China's National Development & Reform Commission (China's Planning Ministry) launched the Chinese edition of the 3rd GLOBE Climate Legislation Study. The Minister also announced that China's legislation on climate change would be comprehensive and will be forthcoming within the next two years

The Minister was joined by GLOBE President and Chairman of the UK Statutory Climate Change Committee, Rt Hon, John Gummer, Lord Deben, the former UK Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Lord John Prescott, Steen Gade MP, the Chairman of the Danish Climate Change Committee and President of GLOBE Denmark, Arnaud Leroy MP, Secretary of the Sustainable Development Commission in the French National Assembly and Vice President of GLOBE France, and Deputy Antonio Ramos Preto, Chairman of the Portuguese Parliament's Committee on Environment and GLOBE Secretary General Adam Matthews.

The launch was also joined by China's lead climate negotiator Su Wei and the lead author of the study, Terry Townshend.

Speaking at the launch Minister Xie outlined the actions China was taking to address climate change and the importance of China's climate change law which is currently under development. Minister Xie congratulated GLOBE on the influential Study and the importance of recognising national legislation as a key contributor to the international process.

The Minister acknowledged the contribution of GLOBE to the development of China's climate change law, stating "I am very happy to collaborate with GLOBE on the development of China's climate change legislation and to learn best practice from other countries."

Responding to the Minister GLOBE President, Lord Deben, congratulated the very considerable effort of China in advancing national climate change legislation and the wide variety of national and sub national measures being tested and implemented.

Lord Deben said "No one can say China is not doing anything on climate change. You just have to look at the GLOBE Study to see the depth and breadth of the measures being implemented. It is clear that China is strongly committed to taking national action and the international community should welcome and recognise this."

Lord-Prescott-ChinaLord Prescott, Europe's lead negotiator at Kyoto, former UK Deputy Prime Minister and now Vice President of GLOBE International said "China is developing serious and comprehensive legislation and in Europe they have a partner that will support them."

Following the launch the delegation held a detailed discussion with the Minister and his team about GLOBE's ongoing work with China to contribute the experience of legislators in the development of national climate laws and in developing carbon market legislation. 
Importantly a key focus of the discussion concerned GLOBE's China-EU Dialogue, exploring how China and Europe can develop common low carbon standards within key industrial sectors. It was agreed that this work will be developed jointly with the NDRC Ministry over the coming months. 

If you would like to download the Chinese language version of the study please visit the dedicated GLOBE Climate Legislation Study area of this site or click here.

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 From left to right: Terry Townshend, Deputy Antonio Ramos Preto, Arnaud Leroy MP, John Gummer (Lord Deben), Xie Zhenhua, John Prescott (Lord Prescott), Steen Gade MP and Adam C.T. Matthews.

 

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Policy areas

GLOBE International's work with China focuses on three main areas:

1. Legislation

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GLOBE International is established as the world's leading authority on climate change legislation. With the annual GLOBE Climate Legislation Study, the 3rd edition of which was published in January 2013 covering 33 countries, GLOBE and its members have an unrivalled wealth of knowledge about what laws exist, what has worked and what hasn't worked so well. This knowledge is valuable to legislators and governments exploring the potential for their own laws. In October 2011, the Chinese government announced, at the GLOBE Tianjin Legislators Forum, that it would be developing a comprehensive climate change law. GLOBE was invited by the Chinese government to input to the development of the law, in particular to feed in international experience. GLOBE hosted the "law team" developing China's law in both London and Brussels in January 2012 to provide them with the benefit of the UK's and EU's experience and co-organised an international symposium on climate change legislation in Beijing in March 2012. GLOBE's engagement on China's climate change law is ongoing and it is expected that the law will be passed in late 2013 or early 2014.

 

2. Emissions Trading

GLOBE-TIanjin-2010-Chinese-delegates-2GLOBE's members, in particular in the EU, have vast experience of overseeing the implementation and performance of emissions trading schemes. Again, this experience is invaluable to China as it develops its seven sub-national pilot emissions trading schemes in the cities of Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin and the Provinces of Guangdong, Hubei. GLOBE has engaged throughout the development of the pilot schemes and is involved in a project to bring together the experience of the EU together with the early experience of the pilot schemes to provide consolidated advice to the Chinese government about the shape and structure of the proposed national scheme.

 

3. Potential for China-EU shared standards

GLOBE-TIanjin-2010-Chinese-delegatesFollowing the Venice meeting of the "2nd track" in September 2012, GLOBE was commissioned, in partnership with the NCSC, to explore the potential for closer collaboration on standards between China and the EU, with a particular focus on the appliances, automotive, buildings and food and drink sectors. GLOBE and NCSC have started work on a joint project to explore the potential for greater convergence, including examining the feasibility of a joint China-EU institute on standards. This work will report to the next meeting of the "2nd track", due to take place in late 2013.

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GLOBE China-EU meetings

 

London 2011

GLOBE-Xie-Zhenhua-Ed-Miliband-2011In October 2011, GLOBE hosted the 3-day visit to the UK of Minister Xie Zhenhua, Vice Chair of the National Development Reform Commission (NDRC). The Minister met with senior political figures from all three major UK parties, including Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin, then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband and MPs and Peers. At a meeting including MEPs and MPs from key European Member States, it was agreed to begin a regular "second track" of discussions between Chinese Ministers and senior officials and European legislators.

The agreed aims are to:

  • Share political intelligence on the climate change agenda
  • Explore concrete areas for closer collaboration
  • Commission joint research and analysis to underpin and inform the discussions

 

Venice 2012

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The first meeting of the so-called "2nd track" took place in Venice in September 2012. The Chinese delegation was led by Su Wei, Director General of the Climate Change Department in NDRC and consisted of senor officials and leading academics. The EU was represented by senior legislators from the UK, France, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands. The outcome was to commission some joint research on the potential for greater convergence of standards in the appliances, automotive, building and food and drink sectors. It was agreed that GLOBE, in collaboration with the NCSC, would take forward this work and report back to the next meeting of the "2nd track", due to take place in late 2013.

 

Forthcoming Engagements:

  • Autumn 2013: 2nd meeting of the “2nd track” between China and the EU
  • Winter 2014: GLOBE China-EU Summit, London, UK

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GLOBE International and China

 

History of the engagement

GLOBE-Wang-Markey-Copenhagen-2009GLOBE International has engaged with China since 2005, when it began a dialogue on climate change for legislators from the major economies. The engagement, initially through the Chinese legislature – the National Peoples Congress – has been built on the foundation of mutual trust and respect. China has played an active and positive role in GLOBE, exemplified by Chairman Wang Guangtao's drafting of GLOBE's "Legislative Principles on Climate Change" in partnership with US Congressman Ed Markey.

 

Partnership with NDRC

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GLOBE Delegation led by Lord Deben presents NDRC Vice Chair Xie Zhenhua with the Chinese translation of the GLOBE Legislation Study

Recognising the unique role of legislators in China, and their close collaboration with the executive, GLOBE has broadened its relationship to include the key policymakers in the powerful economic planning ministry, the NDRC (responsible for developing China's Five Year Plans). The relationship, initially at the political level with Minister Xie Zhenhua, has deepened and broadened to include working level contacts throughout NDRC's Climate Change Department, the NDRC-affiliated think-tank, the National Center for Climate Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) and Chinese universities.
The relationship with NDRC has been underpinned by joint projects on climate change legislation, emissions trading and the potential for closer China-EU practical cooperation on climate and energy.

 

GLOBE China

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The China chapter of GLOBE was formed in 2010 with the then Chair of the Committee on Environment Protection and Resources Conservation (EPRC), Wang Guangtao as President of GLOBE China and all the members of his committee as members of GLOBE China. Following Wang Guangtao's retirement at the leadership transition in early 2013, GLOBE is in the process of re-forming the GLOBE China chapter under the new Chair of the EPRC Committee.

The re-formation of the GLOBE China chapter was object of the visit to the NPC by a GLOBE Delegation led by GLOBE Vice President Cedric T. Frolick, Chairperson of the South African National Assembly (photo) in July 2013.