The China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) issued the 2022-2023 Work Plan. The financial year 2022-2023 is critical for starting CCICED Phase VII. With “Green, Inclusive, and High-Quality Development” as its theme, Phase VII will set four task forces: Innovation in Global Environmental Governance, National Green Governance System, Sustainable Production and Consumption, and Low-Carbon and Inclusive Transition. It will continue to support China’s ecological civilization and global sustainable development for building a beautiful China and a world of green prosperity.
The core functions of the CCICED are carrying out policy research and providing policy recommendations to the Chinese government. Following the principles of being interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and forward-looking, and considering the policy needs and hotspot issues at home and abroad, the CCICED plans to launch eight Special Policy Studies (SPSs) organized under the four themes and related task forces, noted above. Moreover, in light of domestic and foreign situations, the Council proposes to organize a number of short-term, highly-focused research activities that will include policy recommendations.
Following the successful Scoping Study Workshop “Digitization to Advance Sustainability” on 24 February, and the Open Forum “‘Digital + Green’ – Twin Transformation for Sustainability” held at the CCICED AGM 2022, both jointly organised by The German Environment Agency (UBA), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and the World Economic Forum (WEF), a new SPS on Promoting Digitization and Green Technologies for Sustainable Development was established. Key research topics include a green transition in the production end using digital technology based on case studies at home and abroad, including the low-carbon development of a digital department and innovative green upgrade of traditional departments; the general impact of digitalization on society, the economy, and the environment from the angle of digital innovation and breakthroughs; and identification of risks in digital transition drawing from experience in digital risk governance; and the evolving role of green technologies to advance innovation.