Book Talk: Creating China’s Climate Change Policy

The BCCN warmly welcomes you to the upcoming talk with Olivia Gippner (European Commission), author of the book Creating China’s Climate Change Policy. Internal Competition and External Diplomacy (2020, Edward Elgar).

This BCCN book talk takes place on 23 November 2021 from 19:30-20:30 (CET). For further details and registration, please see below.


In the year of COP26 in Glasgow, the Chinese government has made several important climate announcements: carbon neutrality by 2060, an emissions peak before 2030 and most recently a peak in coal consumption as early as 2026. How Chinese climate policy and some of these decisions were made remain a black box to most observers.
This book presentation will shed some light on the historical/theoretical perspectives of Chinese climate policy and offers first-hand reflections on current political dynamics in the EU-China relationship.
Drawing on first hand interview data with experts and government officials, Gippner develops a new analytical framework to explore the vested interests and policy debates surrounding Chinese climate policy-making. Scrutinising the “turf wars” that have erupted between bureaucratic institutions, this book places trajectories of Chinese climate policies in the context of the international politics of climate change. Gippner’s framework is deployed in case studies based on the 2°C target, emissions trading and carbon capture and storage.
Presenter: Olivia Gippner (European Commission)
Bio: After her Phd at Freie Universität Berlin and a postdoc at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Olivia Gippner joined the European Commission and is currently in the cabinet of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans.
Date: Tuesday, 23 November 2021
Time: 19:30 bis 20:30 (CET)
Format: Online via Zoom
Registration required:
Organizers: Genia Kostka & Wiebke Rabe (FU Berlin)