Climate Change Research ›› 2020, Vol. 16 ›› Issue (4): 526-534.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2019.212

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Progress and enlightenment of foreign climate change legislations

TIAN Dan-Yu1, ZHENG Wen-Ru2()   

  1. 1 National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, Beijing 100035, China
    2 Foreign Environmental Cooperation Center, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Beijing 100035, China
  • Received:2019-09-12 Revised:2019-12-10 Online:2020-07-30 Published:2020-08-05
  • Contact: ZHENG Wen-Ru


The foreign climate change legislation process presents positive correlation to the attention to climate change issues in foreign communities. In the past ten years, legislations related to climate change or low-carbon development have been enacted or drafted in the European Union, the German Confederation and its four states, France, Denmark, Finland, the Swiss Confederation, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Philippines, New Zealand, Mexico and South Africa. Through systematic research, it is found that foreign countries and regions, which have developed climate change legislations, have clarified the legal status and responsibilities of their climate change management agencies, included greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and supporting systems into legal framework and determined their purpose and principles in tackling climate change, which guarantee the high-level implementation of foreign climate treaties. It has been 10 years since China initiated its national legislative work on climate change. It is suggested to draw on foreign legislation experience of emission reduction targets, management systems, emission reduction measures and legal principles in tackling climate change, thus to carry forward the domestic legislative process.

Key words: Addressing climate change, Legislation, Progress, Enlightenment

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