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The Business School and Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) have jointly trained the largest group of senior Chinese central planning directors ever to travel overseas as a single delegation, according to Mr Guangsheng Gao, Director General of the Climate Department of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). The NDRC is China's macroeconomic management agency, which has broad administrative and planning control over the Chinese economy.

Mr Gao, one of China's most senior climate change policy-makers, headed up the group of 19 director-level officials, which also included delegates from the regions and cities that China has designated as low-carbon pilot zones, as well as regions and cities which are planning to implement domestic emissions trading schemes. Collectively, the provincial directors attending the programme represent well over 50% of China's GDP.

The programme put together by the Business School and ECCI included a week in Edinburgh, focussing on Scotland's world-leading climate change policy framework, implementation programmes and the response from the business and investment communities, followed by a week in London focussing on similar issues from a national UK perspective.
The programme included over 40 distinguished speakers, drawn from organisations such as the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), HM Treasury, the Department for International Development (DFID), the Committee on Climate Change, Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Carbon Trust, Technology Strategy Board, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the Climate Markets and Investment Association (CMIA), The Climate Group, Scottish 2020 Climate Group and Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP). 

Programme Co-Director Francisco Ascui said, "The fact that China's central planning agency (NDRC) requested and so strongly supported this exceptional delegation is firm evidence of the seriousness with which China is taking its national objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40-45% per unit of GDP by 2020. China is already the world's largest market for wind and solar energy, and its ongoing leadership in this area will quite literally change the world. We are honoured to have been invited to play a part in sharing Scottish and UK experience of implementing low-carbon policies with these Chinese policy-makers, and look forward to further collaboration with them in future."

Contact Francisco for further details.

Associated staff