Making Sense of China's "No New Coal" Announcement

This week, Dr. Cecilia Han Springer with the Global China Initiative at Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center joins Nikos Tsafos and Jane Nakano (CSIS Energy) to talk about announcements from China at last week’s U.S. General Assembly meetings. Chinese President Xi Jinping said that the country would stop supporting (or building) new coal fired power projects overseas and would move towards clean energy projects. Dr. Springer walks us through what this important announcement does and doesn’t include, what is says about China’s broader climate ambitions, implications for the Belt and Road Initiative, and how China will need to continue domestic efforts to reduce coal plants and lower emissions.

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Jane Nakano
Senior Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program