China's 10 strong ' Law Team' charged with drafting China's first climate change law visits London and Brussels to study UK and EU legislation.
China announced its intention to develop a climate change law at the joint National People’s Congress and GLOBE Legislators’ Forum held in Tianjin, China, in November 2010. A “Law Team” was set up in early 2011 to develop the law and it is this team that is visiting London and Brussels. A first draft of China’s climate change law is due in 2012 with passage expected by 2015. Although the climate change law is unlikely to raise the overall level of ambition of China’s climate change effort (China’s Copenhagen commitment is to reduce the carbon intensity of GDP by 40-45 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020), it will set up the domestic frameworks to measure, manage, report and verify China’s emissions of greenhouse gases. GLOBE has arranged a comprehensive programme including legislators and government officials focusing on the key aspects of legislation, the policies and measures used to meet the targets set in the laws, and the experience so far with implementation.