China’s top climate negotiator welcomes WEO Special Report on energy and climate

12 September 2013

At the workshop in Beijing, from left: Mr. Su Wei, Dr. Fatih Birol and Professor Zou Ji.

On the invitation of Mr. Su Wei, chief climate change negotiator of China and Director General of the Department of Climate Change of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and Mr. Li Junfeng, Director General of the National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol presented the World Energy Outlook 2013 Special Report “Redrawing the energy-climate map” at a dedicated workshop in Beijing, China, on 10 September. The workshop was attended by about 50 stakeholders, including from the Chinese government, researchers and NGOs, and representatives of embassies of several countries.

“As pointed out by the report, if we continue with business as usual, the long-term average temperature increase is more likely to be between 3.6°C and 5.3°C (compared with pre-industrial levels), with most of the increase occurring in this century. This WEO Special Report is a timely reminder that climate change must remain a permanent and prominent item on the global policy agenda,” Mr. Su Wei stated in his opening address.

“The measures the Agency has proposed are highly consistent with what China has been doing,” said Professor Zou Ji, deputy director general of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation in a speech at the workshop.