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The Climate Group to host landmark Chinese government and business leaders group at UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico

International NGO The Climate Group announced today that it will host a ground-breaking delegation of senior Chinese government officials, green entrepreneurs and China business leaders in Cancun, Mexico on 6-8 December 2010.

Senior representatives from national government and several of China’s most dynamic provinces will take part in high-level discussions with The Climate Group’s international coalition of state and regional governments from the US, Europe and Australia who meet annually on the sidelines of UN climate talks.

The Cancun delegation represents the first time that officials from national, regional, and county levels of Chinese government, Chinese business leaders and entrepreneurs, foundations and NGOs will appear together in support of international climate talks. Co-organized with Vanke Foundation, Vantone Foundation, Laoniu Foundation, Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology, and the Broad Group, The Climate Group will host a ‘China Day’ series of high-level meetings on Monday 6 December on the first day of its annual Climate Leaders Summit (6-8 December 2010).

Chinese delegates will share their unique experience of low carbon development and discuss opportunities for collaboration and co-operation with international counterparts and members of The Climate Group’s influential States and Regions alliance. As the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, China’s low carbon development is of key importance to UN climate talks and China’s forthcoming 12th Five Year Plan to be announced in 2011 is expected to place localized low carbon development at the heart of China’s national economic growth strategy.

The Climate Group delegation of China’s green entrepreneurs and government and business leaders includes:

  • Wenhang Huang, Division Head of Climate Department, NDRC
  • Hanchun Wang, Deputy Director of Jiangsu Development and Reform Committee
  • Jianhua Zhao, Vice Director of Energy Bureau of Guangdong Development and Reform Committee
  • Dawei Li, Song County Magistrate (planning)
  • Shi Wang, Chairman of Board, Vanke Group (real estate)
  • Lun Feng, Chairman of Board, Vantone Group (real estate)
  • Yue Zhang, Chairman of Board, Broad Group

On Monday 6 December, The Climate Group will also launch a new China Cities report (the third installment of its ‘Clean Revolution’ report series). The report will give valuable insight into the potential for low carbon development in Chinese cities, identify breakthroughs in effective city leadership strategies, and make key recommendations for how China can meet twin challenges of rapid urbanization and its need to cut national emissions.

Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group says: “China is actively exploring its own trajectory for low carbon development. Local governments, Chinese businesses, and individuals are all engaged in this process. At the same time, concentrations of population and environmental resources and the unbalanced development of local economies bring difficulties and challenges. We hope that China’s participation in our Climate Leaders Summit will enhance international understanding of China’s low carbon path, forge new levels of international collaboration, and boost global efforts to tackle climate change."

Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group says: “It is a big deal that all levels of Chinese government will be represented at our annual Climate Leaders Summit in Cancun this year and shows how seriously the Chinese government is taking clean technology and the climate issue. China’s participation will spark vital dialogue with representatives of other world cities and regions into the game-changing low carbon technologies and policies we all need to make deep cuts in global emissions.”

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