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EU-China Unite to Write Clean Economy Rules

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After yesterday’s announcement to pull USA out of Paris Agreement, the EU and China announce they will deepen commitment on climate change.

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As President Trump announced the USA’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement yesterday, a leaked document shows the EU and China doubling down on their unwavering commitment to the agreement.

At this year’s 12th EU-China Business Summit, the two have pledged to work together on a range of areas from clean energy and product standards to managing risk and adaptation. Alongside redoubling efforts to cut pollution, the EU and China have committed to finding shared solutions for adapting to climate impacts.

The agreement also suggests the EU and China will become the leading actors in shaping climate change collaboration, as well as other International arrangements including the G20, UNFCCC and the Kigali process on HFCs.

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Nick Mabey, Chief Executive of E3G said:

“This is the strongest bilateral statement on climate I have seen. President Trump has driven the EU and China together to write the rules for the clean economy”

Camilla Born, Policy Advisor at E3G said:

"With European and Chinese citizens more exposed to climate risks than ever before, their commitment to ongoing cooperation signals a new seriousness to building resilience against climate impacts. As the climate risks to food, water and stability worsen, collaboration between two of the world’s primary economic powers will be essential to finding new approaches to building resilience and responding to humanitarian disaster"

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E3G is an independent climate change think tank operating to accelerate the global transition to a low carbon economy. E3G specialises in climate diplomacy, climate risk, energy policy and climate finance.

In 2016, E3G was ranked as the fifth most influential Environmental Think Tank in the world.

Link to EU-China summit page

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