Li Gao, the head of China’s climate change department (DCC) under the Ministry of Environment and Ecology (MEE), issued the first official response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 1.5 degrees special report at a press conference. According to MEE’s Weibo account, Li Gao said that the report findings demonstrate the urgency of taking action on climate change. He said that keeping temperature to 2 or 1.5 degrees Celsius would be challenging and that more effective action is needed on mitigation, finance, technological innovation and other fronts. In particular, more research is needed on the costs and the most cost-effective actions. Meanwhile, he remarked that China will continue striving to meet its Paris Agreement goal to peak emissions at or before 2030. He added that China contributed to global climate action by lowering the cost of renewables, and the recently apparent plateauing of emissions was a major achievement. Read more
Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change (SGCCC)
Ms. Cao facilitates policy exchange between German and Chinese governments and coordinates work streams on south-south-north cooperation, climate legislation and finance to support China in strengthening its climate governance system. Besides, she supports the development of new projects. She studied at Humboldt University of Berlin, Free University of Berlin and Technical University of Munich, having extensive research experiences on climate and energy policies in China and Germany. Before joining GIZ, she worked at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) for many years.