On behalf of the co-organizers, Mr. Sugil Kang, Expert Adviser of the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning from the Republic of Korea, and Mr. Shu Zhu, Regional Director and China Representative of ICLEI East Asia, opened the session and gave their welcome remarks.
Mr. Junfeng Li, Director of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) responsible for China’s national climate strategies, presented a keynote speech briefing participants on China’s main climate commitments, strategies, and progress. This includes the setup of the Chinese national carbon market in March 2017 and the ongoing reduction of coal-fired energy production, which he states has already peaked in 2013 and further combines the country’s low-carbon vision with their fight against air pollution. Director Li expressed his hopes for increased cooperation in Northeast Asia, making mention of the Global Energy Internet (GEI) initiative that could help revolutionize the energy transition to renewables in the coming years and decades.
Giving the local government perspective, Mr. Battulga Erkhembayar, Director of Ulaanbaatar City Environmental Department, introduced the current legal frameworks for climate change action, including on the city-level a series of standards being developed for inclusion of more environmental criteria. In regards to priority climate solutions needed, the importance of capacity building programs to clarify financial aspects and prospects for developing countries was stressed.
Ms. Miao Sun, Analyst at the Innovative Green Development Program (iGDP), focused on China’s low-carbon work within cities, with 42 low-carbon pilots since 2010 and the creation of the Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities (APPC) in the international context. iGDP officially launched their Policy Mapping online database tool during the session, introducing the interactive platform allowing to track, synthesize, and compare low carbon policies and practices across regions and cities in China.
Mr. Min-chul Kim, Senior Researcher from the Green Technology Center Korea, introduced their work along the green development value chain and presented a project implemented in Ulaanbaatar. Together with the GGGI, technical guidelines for implementation of green technologies within education facilities of Ulaanbaatar, based on a model of public-private partnership (PPP) cooperation.