Date:2015-10-23 Author:CCG

Beijing, China – October 19, 2015 – With an emerging "green consensus", China is now well positioned to play a leading role in international climate change efforts including at the Paris COP 21 conference and beyond. Over recent years, rising environmental concerns and the quest for economic transformation with sustainable growth have coalesced as drivers of a dramatic shift in China’s position on climate change. This is the finding of a study and report co-authored by the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), China’s largest independent think tank, and North Head, a Beijing-based strategic communications consultancy.

With China preparing to participate in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), “China’s Emerging Green Consensus” examines key challenges that China must overcome to address environmental remediation and transition successfully to greener growth, while advancing climate change mitigation efforts. It also details how China’s stance affects the country’s globalization strategy and international footprint.  
The green consensus has been forged by government with the support of business and civil society. “By robust efforts for implementing reform, China can not only address serious environmental and health issues but also boost its innovation capacity and accelerate economic restructuring”, according to CCG Vice President Frances Sun.
With the fast growth of consumption, services and innovation-centric industries, the conditions are in place for timely implementation of economic reform that will not stall growth.

"The good news is, there are already signs that growth and carbon emissions are decoupling in China," noted North Head Managing Director John Russell. "The 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020) offers a real opportunity for progressive ratcheting up of environmental standards, setting the trajectory for China to achieve peak carbon emissions during the 14th Five Year Plan."

"China’s Emerging Green Consensus" is a contribution to debates related to China’s development and for anyone seeking to understand how China can overcome its current environmental challenges and catalyze international action on climate change.      

A complimentary copy of the report may be downloaded at: CCG .

The Center for China & Globalization (CCG) is a leading global think tank formed by China Global Talent Society and Policy Advisory Committee of China Overseas Returned Scholars Association. It brings together academic scholars, business leaders and public policy experts from China and abroad, addressing issues related to China’s growing globalization. For more information about CCG, please visit

North Head is an independent strategic communications consultancy with a clear China focus. Focused on a research and knowledge based approach, North Head works on international campaigns and reputation management. For more information about North Head, please visit

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