Topic: Ecology & Sustainable Development

Ecology & Sustainable Development

Global sustainable development lies at the heart of our work. In Germany as well as in our offices worldwide, a wide range of projects and activities focus on questions regarding environmental protection, sustainable use of resources, the promotion of renewable energies, sustainable agriculture, climate change, etc. According to our understanding, the concept of sustainability is not merely limited to its ecological dimensions, but also to the issue of equitable social development and cannot be separated from the question of how to decouple economic growth from resource consumption and negative environmental impacts.

China is faced with huge challenges in all of these areas. China’s government has committed itself to improve its own ecological situation and also wants to take on a more responsible role globally.

In this program area the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Beijing Representative Office together with its partners engages in debates for example on China’s energy and climate change policies as well as China’s new environmental protection law. We support organizations to do research and capacity building. We also organize study visits and provide a platform for different Chinese as well as international stakeholders to debate and share their expertise.

Publications

Coal Power Sector in China, Japan and South Korea: Current Status and the Way Forward for a Cleaner Energy System

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The impacts of climate change have been felt by human society. Global temperature has risen 1°C for the past 100 years, and 2017 was the hottest year on record. Impacts from climate change vary by region, East Asia is no exception. In this report, members of the East Asia Climate Forum from China, Japan and South Korea introduce current status of coal‐fired power plants (CFPPs) and their prospects, hoping to provide a different angle from civil society for a better understanding the issues and general trend of the coal power sector in East Asia, and to  contribute to the discussion on a quicker transition to a cleaner energy system.

 

The Meaty Side of Climate Change

While energy giants like Exxon and Shell have drawn fire for their roles in warming the planet, the corporate meat and dairy industries have largely avoided scrutiny.

Debates on Sustainability

Jointly with the Consensus Media Group the hbs China office has held a podium discussion on development, growth and sustainability between the hbs president, Barbara Unmüßig, and one of China’s most influential intellectuals, the economic historian Prof. Qin Hui.

Blog:

Global Energy transition - the globale Energiewende