Policy areas

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

1. Legislation


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.