Greenovation Hub has been working on research and advocacy of climate policy for several years. In January 2015, Greenovation Hub completed the report Climate Justice II: Review of the Paris Agreement from the refinement of country group. We responded to 6 domestic and international major events related to climate, energy and sustainable development issues in a timely manner. Also, we made interpretations of main Intended National Determined Contributions (INDCs), while tracking climate negotiations and publishing more than 10 observational and analytical articles.
As the coordinator of CPG, Greenovation Hub has organized 6 cross-border dialogues to form a consistent learning mechanism to promote this industry’s capacity building and collaboration. Furthermore, Greenovation Hub has published 78 bilingual climate alerts (Chinese & English). These alerts focus on significant domestic and international climate and energy events, explore the environmental, economic and health benefits and equity issues brought by accelerated climate action, and energy transformation. These alerts enhance the community’s consensus and action to address climate change.
G20 countries’ leaders issued the G20 Leaders’ Communique Hangzhou Summit during the summit on September 5, 2016. In the Communique, Leaders promised to implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Paris Agreement, reaffirmed the pledge of phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, and incorporated green finance issue for the first time. Leaders were determined to “foster an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy”. Before this G20 summit, China submitted the ratification instruments of the Paris Agreement with the US together, to promote the global approval of the agreement as soon as possible. Greenovation Hub analysed issues of G20 Hangzhou summit in the perspective of environmental governance, and contributed to discussions about environment and climate under G20 framework in the perspective of civil society.
The rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement within one year presents the political will and determination of countries to achieve economic decarbonization, and releases a clear signal to businesses and investors that economy development should be decoupled from high carbon emissions. The Paris Agreement provides a framework for global climate governance, where countries need to translate climate pledges into substantive actions, and gradually increase climate ambitions to take steps to promote global phasing out of fossil fuels and to achieve the sustainable development based on people-shared clean energy. For 5 years, we have been promoting Chinese civil society to actively engage with global climate governance.
During the past decade, the report has been recording and reflecting China’s environment from the perspective of civil society and public interest. This year, we add china’s carbon emission reduction and energy transformation into the core content of environmental governance and increase “Overseas Investment Footprint”.
We organized several seminar for media, academia and tourism, and spread it on social media to help China’s participation in antarctic marine protection. On the Annual meeting of Antarctic Marine biological resources conservation committee, we witnessed China publicly endorsed the revised plan for the Ross Sea MPA.
We have been conducting research on livable city projects for 3 years. Our research focused on the responding mechanisms to the disasters in cities associated to climate change. Case studies were presented to discuss the policy implications such as information disclosure and public participation for equitable and climate resilient cities.
In march 2016, green finance was written into the article 48 of “the 13th Five-Year Plan” for the first time. Hence, establishing green financial system has officially risen to China's national strategy.
After years of public campaigning and political negotiation, including heads of states meetings, the Ross Sea Region marine protected area (MPA) was designated by the Commission for the Conservat of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The Ross Sea region MPA covers 1.55 million square kilometres, of which 1.12 million square kilometres, or 72%, is fully protected (no fishing is permitted). It is the world’s largest Marine Protected Area. The Designation of Ross Sea MPA demonstrates the leadership of CCAMLR in marine conservation. GHUB is the only Chinese NGO that witnessed that historical moment.
During the 28th Meeting of the Parties to Montreal Protocol, 197 Parties adopted the amendment of Montreal Protocol, and agreed to the global phase-out of the production and the use of HFCs, one of the greenhouse gases. The amendment set out three timetables for the phase-out of HFCs. The impact of HFCs on climate change is more severe than carbon dioxide. The phase-out of HFCs would help to globally implement the 2℃ temperature control target which was set by parties in the Paris Agreement. We followed the process, and published and communicated timely observation papers of the outcome.
We continued to promote Chinese civil society to actively engage with states and non-state bodies on climate governance and action at global and regional level through independent research on NDC power investment, and four cross-sectoral dialogues.
We enabled the public to better engage with discussions about climate science, impacts, international negotiations, and energy transition through 47 Climate Alerts, response papers, and joint communications on climate and energy with well-known energy media Caixin.
We have been tracking this process and participated in one of the preparatory meetings.
We monitored AIIB and NDB’s sustainable policy-making and policy implementation. We raised suggestions to the “Energy Sector Strategy” of AIIB and the “Environmental and Social Framework” of NDB, as a result, some recommendations were adopted by the banks.
This communication between China-funded banks and MDBs such as WB, IFC, ADB, AIIB, and NGO experts raised the former’s attentions on the importance of establishing compliance, communication and problem-solving mechanisms for a sound environmental and social risk management framework.
As one of the member organizations of the Green Finance Committee, Ghub participate in the research and release of the Initiative, and has been promoting environmental and social risk management in China's overseas investment so as to decrease its ecological footprint over the recent years.
As the coordinating organization, we have organized 7 side events together with 17 core partners of the Partnership in COP23, which has been facilitating the international exchange and dialogue on climate governance and BRI Green development, drawing extensive domestic and international attention to explore green implementation of the BRI and climate governance.
Serving the circulation and development of Belt and Road Green Development Partnership, Going Green, China & the World, contributes to the domestic and global exchange and consensus on the BRI Green Implementation.
We researched on Opportunities and Challenges of the Belt and Road Overseas Investment in the Power Sector under the Paris Agreement: Vietnam, Indonesia and Pakistan. We convened cross-sectoral dialogues based on the research: Nov. - Greening CPEC salon Dec. - COP24 UN side event: Promoting green investment of the BRI through green finance in line with Paris Agreement
We've been tracking and engaging with the international climate governance process, promoting exchanges and dialogues and raising the voice of CSOs. *PA: Paris Agreement
With the support of the Green Finance Committee, Urban Finance Research Institute of ICBC and Ghub co-initiative and co-organized three Salons to respectively discuss greening the BRI, Fintech and Green Finance, and CPEC Green Development & RMB Globalization. We hope to establish and facilitate the knowledge and information exchange mechanism between the Chinese financial institutions and multi-stakeholders.
As the coordinating organization, we have organized 10 side events together with 21 core partners of the Partnership in COP24 after its first appearance at COP23, which has been facilitating the international exchange and dialogue to explore the pathway of greening the BRI and promote the BRI investment in line with the Paris Agreement and the goals of the host countries' NDCs.
Serving the circulation and development of Belt and Road Green Development Partnership, Going Green, China & the World, contributes to the domestic and global exchange and consensus on the BRI Green Implementation and the Solutions to the major issues.
At the third year after its launch, the partnership organized the forum titled Energy Cooperation and Green Innovation to share the achievements and experience from the partnering organizations and simultaneously engage with the representatives from the governmental authorities, the academy, financial institutions, enterprises, NGO and international entities to probe into the China's overseas investment in power and energy sectors and the implications of Chinese low-carbon pathway experience on the development of the BRI countries.
We have been participating in this process since 2016 and publishing commentary and observations. *the International Legally Binding Instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction
We finalized the report titled Comparison and Analysis of Coal-related Investment Policies among international financers, multilateral initiatives and Chinese financial institutions together with GEI, summarizing the investment policies on coal-related sectors stipulated by the main international development and commercial banks, multilateral initiatives and Chinese banks so as to provide the recommendations for the Chinese financial institutions formulating and improving their sustainable investment strategies under the context of global climate change.
To implement under the support of the Green Finance Committee, we have, providing the recommendations and Belt and Road Green Development Partnership has continued to organize the side events in COP24, telling the Chinese stories and providing the Chinese experiences, and discussing the low-carbon development pathway together with the international community.
We have been participating in this process since 2016 and publishing the first wire on the BBNJ in China in 2019, Apart from the conference news, we reviewed the past and present of BBNJ, and first analyzed the hot topics.
As the coordinating organization，G-Hub and 10 institutions jointly proposed 11 suggestions and specific measures for greening BRI investment., in order to support the implementation of policies related to the greening of the BRI.
Focusing on issues relating to the high sea marine protected areas(MPAs) in the context of BBNJ, illustrating the complexity of high sea governance and elaborating the necessity of protecting the high seas from the different perspectives aiming to promote domestic attention to the protection of the high seas. *BBNJ：conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.
The study explores ways to align the AIIB’s policies and investments with the Paris Agreement and SDGs. Greenovation Hub contributed to the third chapter on AIIB projects in China and domestic discussions on AIIB in the context of the BRI and the Paris Agreement.
We co-organized a seminar on "Biodiversity Conservation in the High Seas from the Perspective of CBD and UNCLOS". with Centre for Polar and Deep Ocean Development Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The seminar focused on marine conservation issues including the international negotiations of BBNJ and the upcoming CBD-COP15 held in China . The discussion focused on four perspectives including: the international key marine biodiversity conservation process, area-based management tools, marine genetic resources, and China's role in the protection of the high seas.
The seminar invited more than 30 experts from relevant research institutions, universities and related departments in China, the United States, New Zealand and Argentina. Based on the case of China & East Asia and the case of the MPAs in Antarctic, the experts discussed the global background of large MPAs and their special roles in global marine protection, especially put focus on the issues regarding methods and management of large MPAs.
Starting from 2019, on the basis of focusing on the domestic green policy update under the background of BRI, we will extend the content to the discussion and analysis of China's participation in global governance by the international community, the media, and think tanks. We will also provide readers with more cutting-edge, time-sensitive information in a timely manner, in order to promote the policy communication and public discussion regarding the BRI.
The forum invited experts from the BRI countries, domestic renewable energy investment experts and financial institutions to have in-depth exchanges and discussions regarding topics of how green finance can promote "Belt and Road" renewable energy investment, experience sharing on renewable energy fields between BRI countries and China, etc.
The seminar was co-organized by G:HUB, Green Finance Committee, China Society for Finance and Banking and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Beijing Representative Office. Participants from financial institutions, universities, think tanks and NGOs attended the workshop and shared their knowledge and experiences in aligning sustainable banking practices with the Paris Agreement.
As the coordinating organization, GHUB organized the annual forum with the representatives from the governmental authorities, the academy, financial institutions, enterprises and NGO to have discussions on the topics of cooperation in combating climate change, promoting renewable energy investment, enhancing sustainable infrastructure interconnection, low-carbon cities, and protecting biodiversity.
We participated in COP25, first published commentary and observations, and were interviewed by China Economic Herald.
According to the interviews with Chinese investment companies and financial institutions, this report analyzes and conducts a comparison with 25 cases of photovoltaic and wind projects along the B&R countries and summarizes the main financing models, challenges and recommendations of Chinese companies when investing in renewable energy projects in BRI countries.
Before the 2nd Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) meeting, G:HUB together with Qingdao Marine Conservation Society send feedback on the Zero Draft of the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework to the CBD Secretariat, call for a more ambitious ocean conservation target.
To encourage the finance industry to use innovative financing to protect biodiversity and to participate in multi-party cooperation. G-Hub launched the Partnering Financial Institutions and Biodiversity (PFB) program, which aims to promote the financial sector to protect biodiversity through innovative financial instruments and practice. and to fulfill its Convention on Biological Diversity obligations. Together with our partners, we organized the first online training series on financial institutions and biodiversity conservation.
The lecture invited Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for African Studies at Peking University, former Minister Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Mission of the PRC to the AU and related business leaders to give keynote speeches on the sustainable development of China-Africa cooperation from academic, diplomatic and business perspectives. Over 90 participants from government think tanks, universities, enterprises and media attended and discussed the future of China-Africa cooperation relations.
With Vietnam as an example, this report analyzes the status quo and trend of renewable energy and power planning, action against climate change, environmental laws & regulations and governance objectives, and cooperation with China in the field of energy and power under the BRI. It also discussed the barriers, risks and opportunities faced by China in its investment in renewable energy in Vietnam and provides practical suggestions.
This article was published one day after President Xi solemnly announced “China will strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060”. G-Hub first echoed China’s landmark climate commitments and also provided recommendations on how China could achieve these goals through this article.
We first responded to domestic policy development and published commentary and observations.
We explored the role of financial institutions, especially development financial institutions, in reducing gender-related risks, and promoting gender equality in its governance and financing activities, in order to promote the financial institutions to enhance the environmental and social risk management, and take an active role in contributing to the achievement of gender equality (SDG 5).
The climate communication project we co-launched with the short video platform Kuaishou themed "Climate Action, Keep Rolling" was selected as the best NGO climate communication case of 2019.
G-hub has complied the report based on the “Design of Large Marine Protected Areas: Theory and Practice”, hoping to promote the learning and exchange among those concerned about marine protection in China.