Neil Hirst is a Senior Policy Fellow for Energy and Mitigation at the Grantham Institute. Over the next few months, he will be working with Professor Yufeng Yang, from the Energy Research Institute (ERI) of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, who recently joined the institute funded by a Grantham Research Fellowship. Here, Neil explains two of the topics they will be working on: reforming energy governance, and getting energy storage onto the G20 agenda.
In recent years, China’s contribution to world leadership on climate and energy policy has been indispensable. The success of the 2015 Paris climate change conference was assured by the joint statement of Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama in November 2014, in which they committed themselves to work for an ambitious outcome. Since the administration of President Donald Trump announced its intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, China’s strong commitment has been crucial for reassuring other participants and the future of the Agreement.