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China’s Path to Low-Carbon Development: A Q&A with Thomas C. Heller

August 14, 2013 |


This interview discussing the challenges China faces on its path to low-carbon development  and parallels with other countries’ experiences first appeared in Mandarin in the China Economic Times. In it, our executive director, Thomas C. Heller, references CPI’s recent publication The Policy Climate, which presents 30 years of climate and energy policy in China, Brazil, India, the EU, and the U.S..

Reporter: Why did you undertake this report and what was most surprising about your findings?

Heller: A lot of the attention to date has been on international climate negotiations, but actually, there’s more action at the national level. We wanted to examine climate and energy policies in key regions around the world, and share lessons about their experience. It was interesting to see how much nations had in common. All nations want green growth. And they face the same choices about how to get there. China has a very different governance and economic system from other countries, but like other countries, it faces the same decisions on how to balance national and regional policies, whether to use mandates or incentives, how to target large as well as small enterprises. Our report talks about some of these common challenges.

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Climate Policy Initiative News: Spring 2012

April 20, 2012 |


Dear Friend of CPI,

Since my last update to you, our staff has been busy working on analytical projects to support policymakers and other decision-makers around the world. Here’s what’s new with CPI in 2012:


In early March, we consolidated our Venice and Berlin offices into a single European program and named Dr. Barbara Buchner as the director of CPI Europe. Formerly the director of CPI Venice, Dr. Buchner will lead CPI’s integrated work program in Europe with the support of our associate directors in Venice – Jane Wilkinson – and Berlin – Ingmar Jürgens. Dr. Karsten Neuhoff, who helped start CPI’s Berlin office and led it for two years, has left CPI but remains at work on climate policy issues at DIW. Our European offices will continue to focus on what works and what doesn’t in climate policy and will explore issues of international climate finance, power markets, energy efficiency, and others.

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Climate Policy Initiative News: December 2011

December 7, 2011 |


Dear Friend of CPI,

Since my last update to you in May, all five Climate Policy Initiative offices have been busy at work with policymakers and industry experts, assessing a number of current climate and energy programs and policies. I have included some highlights below:

International Climate Finance

In mid-October, Climate Policy Initiative and the World Bank Group, in collaboration with China Light & Power and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, hosted the inaugural meeting of the San Giorgio Group, a new working group of key financial intermediaries and institutions actively engaged in green, low-emissions finance. By reviewing the current landscape of climate finance and examining cases studies focused on significant portfolios and projects, the Group was able to address a range of issues involved in putting together successful green investment projects. Moving forward, the Group will continue to explore ways to align public and private incentives, manage risks and coordinate different actors, and to scale-up climate finance and spend available resources more wisely.

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Climate Policy Initiative News: May 2011

May 4, 2011 |


Dear Friend of CPI,

I hope this note finds you well. Since Climate Policy Initiative launched late in 2009 to help policymakers and others make the best decisions for low-carbon growth, we have grown to a staff of more than 40 policy experts and analysts in San Francisco, Beijing, Berlin, Venice, and, most recently, Rio de Janeiro. The CPI team is working closely with policymakers and industry experts to look at what works and what doesn’t when climate and energy policies are implemented, so that nations can improve their policies and implement best practices. The following projects are examples of our work to support policymakers as they pursue policies for low-carbon growth:

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