Public Policy Forum on Economic Opportunities of Climate Change
Climate mitigation and adaptation are often understood to be reluctant responses to climate change, as a society is obliged to redirect resources that could have been used for other purposes. Because climate change is a genuinely global environmental problem, countries are often passive about using domestic resources for mitigation. The international climate negotiations that have been conducted in the past two-and-a-half decades have been bumpy and have encountered many setbacks. The most recent dramatic reversal occurred in 2017 when President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement.

However, economic opportunities could also emerge in our response to climate change. New industries, such as wind turbines and solar PV, have grown to provide millions of jobs worldwide. Hong Kong is positioned to benefit from the global climate efforts. These new industries demand financial and legal services as well as innovations. Hong Kong could strategically utilize climate change to strengthen its current economic pillars and nurture new ones.

Towards achieving the above objective, the forum will invite outstanding scholars from both overseas and Hong Kong to share their insights on such economic opportunities and possible ways of capitalizing on them. Since all countries and governments around the world are facing significant challenges in this policy area, this theme will make the experiences and cases in the forum highly relevant and useful to a large number of participants in policymaking and research.

The forum is open to the press and public.
Date & Time : 01/11/2018 (Thursday) 14:30-17:30
Venue : Cho Yiu Conference Hall, CUHK
Organisation : Policy Research @ HKIAPS, Global China Research Programme, CUHK, MSSc in Public Policy Programme, Department of Government and Public Administration, CUHK, Department of Geography and Resource Management, CUHK
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