COP28 Agenda

China-U.S. Track II Dialogue: Enhancing the Implementation of the Sunnylands Statement (Subnational and Other Issues)

When 14:30-16:00 (CN)
06:30-08:00 (UK)
22:30-00:00 (SF) (Dec 7)
Where Energy Foundation China Pavilion, China Pavilion EXPO 2020 (Green Zone), X583+2CW Sunrise Avenue - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Time: December 8, 2023, 10:30-12:00 (Dubai Time)


The world is facing multiple challenges including geopolitical risks, high inflation, economic downturns, energy supply constraints, and industry chain disruptions. Meanwhile, the impacts of extreme weather on ecology, economy, and energy supply are escalating.

China and the U.S., as the two largest emitters and major economies, have made great progress on green transition—with impacts domestically and globally. Subnational ambition and action on climate have also been accelerated respectively in the two nations, especially at the synergy of climate mitigation, air quality control, and economic growth.

The recent Sunnylands Statement on Enhancing Cooperation to Address the Climate Crisis between the two nations provides great momentum and opportunities for bilateral collaboration, especially on the subnational level. To further facilitate the transition and enhance the leading efforts of the two countries, exchanges on policy implementation progress and potential collaboration opportunities are needed, especially at the subnational level. Taking COP28 as a unique opportunity, Energy Foundation China will convene a Track II dialogue focusing on China-U.S. subnational ambition and actions, especially exploring subnational collaboration potential between the two nations. 


Opening session

Moderated by David Vance Wagner, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Energy Foundation China


Opening remarks (30 mins, 5 min each):

  • Rick Duke, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate, U.S. Department of State
  • Levin Zhu, Visiting Professor of Management Practice at Tsinghua University, Former President and CEO of China, International Capital Corporation
  • Tang Jiafu, Secretary of Leading Party Group, Deputy Director of Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Ecology and Environment
  • Zou Ji, CEO & President, Energy Foundation China
  • Shen Xin, Director-General, Department of American Affairs, Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
  • Ani Dasgupta, President & CEO, World Resources Institute


Panel Discussion

Moderator: David Vance Wagner, Vice President Strategic Partnerships, Energy Foundation China

Guiding Questions:

  • How have climate actions been synergized with air quality improvement and economic growth in China and the U.S.?
  • What are the main challenges in cooperation between the two countries at the subnational level?
  • What are the potential cooperation areas?
  • How to facilitate collaboration in climate actions at the subnational level?
  • Any suggestions for the “high-level event on subnational climate action in the first half of 2024” which was mentioned in the Sunnyland Statement on Enhancing Cooperation to Address the Climate Crisis?

Guiding interventions: (40 mins, 3-4 mins each)

  • Wang Yi, Member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Deputy Director of the National Committee of Experts on Climate Change
  • Robert Hertzberg, Former Majority Leader of the California Senate
  • Wang Jinzhao, Executive Vice President of CIKD (Director-General)
  • Nate Hultman, Founding Director and Professor, Center for Global Sustainability University of Maryland
  • Zhu Xiaoming, President, Yangtze River Delta Carbon Neutrality Strategy Development Institute, Southeast University
  • Stephen Lakis, President, State Legislative Leaders Foundation
  • Wayne Song, CEO, C4X - Green Carbon Nanotech Co.
  • Chen Wenbo, Chairman, Nanjing Golden Cooperate DC Power Distribution Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Robert Youngberg, Board of Directors, Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs, and International Solar Energy Society
  • Zhong Lijin, Vice President, Beijing Huanding Environmental Big Data Institute

Open discussion will also be joined by the following participants (15 mins)

  • Raumesh Akabari, Senate Minority Leader, Tennessee State Senate; Member of the Senate Energy Committee
  • Dai Fan, Director, California-China Climate Institute, University of California, Berkeley (on-line)
  • Yang Lei, Vice President, Institute of Energy, Peking University
  • Melissa Barbanell, Director of U.S.-International Engagement, World Resources Institute
  • Cheng Beibei, Deputy Secretary-General, Guangdong Low-Carbon Development Promotion Association
  • Evan Hansen, West Virginia House of Delegates
  • Mark Newcomb, Teton County Commissioner, Wyoming
  • Meng Fei, China Initiatives Director, Climate Imperative
  • Errick D. Simmons, Mayor, City of Greenville, Mississippi
  • Laurent Arribe, Senior Manager of Global Initiatives, Bay Area Council


Closing Remarks:

Jonathan Pershing, Program Director, Environment, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation



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