28 November 2016

How can China solve its environmental crisis? Incentives, monitoring and expectations in Europe

Location Hertie School of Governance, Room 3.61, Friedrichstraße 180, 10117 Berlin.
Beginning 12.30  Ending 14.30

12.30-2.30pm – Public debate with experts from China on how to solve the country’s environmental crisis.

Pollution of air, water and soil mounted to one of the most imminent crises China is facing today. A large number of initiatives reflect the attempts made on various levels by the Chinese government to tackle these issues which have become central in the public debate. However, observable and sufficient changes remain scarce. Still, toxic clouds, acid rain, cancer villages and food insecurity are topics of highest concern. Research suggests that environmental policy implementation often fails on the local levels, which also significantly impacts China’s international climate pledges. The panel discusses the role of incentive structures for local government actors to improve environmental governance and gives insights into questions of monitoring and compliance. Which measures are most promising in tackling China’s environmental crisis? Can we expect them to remedy China’s environmental degradation? What is the role of developed countries and what does China expect from the European Union and its member states in solving an environmental crisis that reaches beyond national borders?


  • Kyoung Shin, Associate professor in the School of Political Science and Public Administration, Wuhan University
  • Xuehua Zhang, Professor at the Institute of New Energy and Low-carbon Technology, Sichuan University
  • Chair: Genia Kostka, Professor of Governance of Energy and Infrastructure, Hertie School of Governance

A light lunch will be served.

This event is open to the public. If you wish to attend this discussion, please register via e-mail (dahrendorf-project@hertie-school.org)