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China facing the challenges of climate change: climate governance in the context of greenhouse gases emissions growth

Grant number: 19/25523-2
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 28, 2020
Effective date (End): March 14, 2020
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Economics
Principal researcher:Rosana Icassatti Corazza
Grantee:Marina Betetto Drezza
Supervisor abroad: Andrew Flynn
Home Institution: Instituto de Geociências (IG). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Cardiff University, Wales  
Associated to the scholarship:18/08351-0 - China in the fight against climate change: an analysis of technological strategies and policy actions in the light of IPCC/AR5 proposals, BP.IC

Abstract

During the preparatory work for the Paris Agreement in 2015, there was great expectation about the Chinese Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). The country's efforts would be a benchmark to assess the purposes of China and the chances of a meaningful agreement. The research internship project abroad (BEPE) seeks to contribute to ongoing junior research fellowship (JRF) which analyzes the country's NDCs in line with AR5 prescriptions (IPCC, 2013). The purpose of the internship is to understand the evolution of China's climate governance structure and its operationality/functionality. The structure is understood from the identification of government agencies focused on climate governance, taking into account their roles and hierarchical links with other bodies. Operationality/functionalities are understood as ways in which governance actually operates, in the form of policies, programs and actions oriented from the performance of the structures. Furthermore, there is also a great contradiction in the country within its energy sector, with its main source being coal (a strong environmental polluter), but at the same time, it has an industrial policy that points to a Chinese leadership in the renewable energy sectors, with the focus on research, Chinese production and global consumption of photovoltaic energy panels, with the "environmentally friendly seal". The study on climate governance will be guided by Prof. Dr. Andrew Flynn, Reader in Environmental Policy and Planning, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, and will provide elements to understand how China has faced the challenge of climate change and to understand theoretical concepts based on governance and governance. In Brazil, the current progress of the work is directed to the characterization of the evolution of GHG emissions in China, general terms and by sectors, classified according to the PRIMAP-histdataset (PIK-POTSDAM): waste; agriculture; industrial processes and uses of products; energy; and others. Back in the country, the study conducted by Prof. Dr. Andrew Flynn should allow for an analytical synthesis of China's position on the evolution of its industrial emissions. (AU)

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