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Low Carbon China: The Role of International Collaboration

Date: 28 November 2008 Time: 4.00 pm

Low Carbon China: The Role of International Collaboration

Friday 28 November 2008, 16:00LUMS, Lecture Theatre 12

China is now the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases and emissions are set to grow dramatically in the coming decades. Many hope that China can "leapfrog" to a new sustainable model of development, while others have launched strident attacks on its carbon footprint.The development of low carbon innovation, and innovation capacity, in China is crucial for the leapfrog scenario to prevail - as well as a goal that is in accordance with Beijing's existing policy of encouraging indigenous innovation (zizhu chuangxin). Yet while there is now some impressive low carbon innovation in China, overall capacity remains patchy and its progress is highly uncertain.After exploring the current status of low carbon innovation in China, the talk will explore the role of international collaboration. We argue that the challenge is to move towards joint international setting of low-carbon socio-technical trajectories, rather than that of Europe or the United States handing over ready-made (but non-existent) technological fixes to China.

Dr David Tyfield, our speaker for this seminar,is a Research Associate in the Institute for Advanced Studies at Lancaster University and an Associate of Demos. He is the lead researcher for an ESRC-AIM Research-funded project on 'China-EU Networks of Low-Carbon Innovation', which runs from 2007 to 2010.

This LCMC Seminar is open to all, and is free of charge. If you are interested in attending please feel free to just come along.

If you would like more information about this event, and about the Lancaster China Management Centre, please contact Libby Copeland one-mail:

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Who can attend: Anyone


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