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01 September 2015

Is the Chinese economy facing a crisis?

By Allan Zhang Highlights China’s stock markets and its real economy are two different concepts and changes of the stock markets do not reflect the true situation of the real economy The Chinese economy is experiencing serious challenges, heightened by falling GDP growth and rising debt levels Slower growth rate...

27 August 2015

How worried should we be about China and the global economy?

Recent dramatic events in Chinese stock markets have rippled across global markets and reignited fears of another downward leg to the global financial crisis. But how bad are things really and what are the implications for the climate change agenda? Jonathan Grant takes the long view. The current economic slowdown...

15 July 2015

PwC Green Bonds Investor Round Table

Our recent roundtable brought together investors to find out what they need in order to be able to invest in the new and growing market of Green Bonds (bonds that raise funds for new and existing projects which deliver environmental benefits), and to understand what might be holding them back...

24 June 2015

China needs big strides to achieve its intensity target

China is expected to announce its emissions target or INDC later this month, so Jonathan Grant and Rob Milnes reflect on the progress it has made since 2000 to lower the carbon intensity of its economy. Rapid GDP growth has flattered China’s carbon intensity and it is now looking to...

15 June 2015

UN Climate Negotiations - Frustration in Bonn

Jonathan Grant gives an overview of progress at the Bonn Climate negotiations, and where the Road to Paris 2015 goes from here. Governments spent two weeks trying to slim down the 80-plus page negotiating document. There was little progress with the basic editing and even less on substance. But officials...

11 June 2015

Bonn - red pens at the ready, but progress probably has been made.

Jonathan Grant gives his initial thoughts on the close of the climate talks in Bonn. There was little progress on paper but the political negotiations have probably advanced further than the text shows. Now the negotiating document needs to catch up, so countries have asked the co-chairs to cut the...

09 June 2015

Comparing the G7 and UN talks on climate change

Jonathan Grant examines the significance of the G7 pledges in the context of the Bonn climate negotiations, as we edge slowly towards a global climate deal in Paris. It's encouraging that there has been so much emphasis on climate change at the G7 meeting. The G7 call for an ambitious...

08 June 2015

Japan’s 26% emissions target: as ambitious as the US and EU?

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe announced their emissions target last week commenting that it was as ambitious as other national targets. Jonathan Grant and George Gale compared their target with the EU and US. Japan will reduce emissions by 26% on 2013 levels by 2030 [1]. Nuclear power is an important...

05 June 2015

Beating the heat in India

By Charlotte Finlay It's starting to feel like summer in London, the grey coats are coming off, sunglasses are coming out and the umbrellas are being cautiously stored away. Whilst we enjoy the sunshine here in the UK, India has been suffering from one of the worst heat waves in...

29 May 2015

Bonn preview: hesitation, repetition and deviation

Governments meet in Bonn at the beginning of June for the next round of formal climate negotiations. Jonathan Grant gives a preview. They will start where they left off in Geneva in February with an 84-page text that is a long wish list containing nearly all possible options for the...