Climate Change Research ›› 2016, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (5): 357-365.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2016.037

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Global Low-Carbon Transition and China’s Response Strategies

He Jiankun   

  1. Research Center for Contemporary Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
  • Received:2016-02-26 Revised:2016-03-02 Online:2016-09-30 Published:2016-09-30


The Paris Agreement establishes a new mechanism for post-2020 global climate governance, and sets long-term goals for global response to climate change, which will accelerate worldwide low-carbon transformation of economic development pattern, promote the revolutionary reform of energy system, boost a fundamental change in the mode of social production and consumption, and further the civilization of human society from industrial civilization to ecological civilization. The urgency of global low-carbon transition will reshape the competition situation of world’s economy, trade and technology. Taking the construction of ecological civilization as a guide, China explores green and low-carbon development paths, establishes ambitious intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) targets and action plans, advances energy production and consumption revolution, and speeds up the transformation of economic development pattern. These strategies and actions not only confirm to the trend of the world low-carbon transition, but also meet the intrinsic requirements for easing the domestic resources and environment constraints and realizing sustainable development. They are multi-win-win strategies for promotion of economic development and environmental protection and mitigation of carbon emissions. China should take the global long-term emission reduction targets as a guide, and formulate medium and long-term low-carbon development strategy, build the core competitiveness of low-carbon advanced technology and development pattern, and take an in-depth part in global governance so as to reflect the responsibility of China as a great power in constructing human fate unity and addressing global ecological crisis.

Key words: climate change, low-carbon transformation, energy revolution, CO2 emission reduction

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