Launch event: Climate neutrality for food and land use systems in China
Event type: In person, Launch, Virtual
Launch event: Climate neutrality for food and land use systems in China
Event type: In person, Launch, Virtual
24 May 2023
03:00pm - 05:00pm Beijing time (GMT + 08:00)
Beijing, China
Event Description

Join an event hosted by the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), World Resources Institute (WRI) and China Agricultural University on 24 May to launch two papers focusing on climate neutrality for food and land use systems in China.

Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C by the end of this century is essential if we are to safeguard life on this planet. But the latest climate research shows that there is a more than 50% chance that global temperature rise will reach or surpass 1.5 degrees C between 2021 and 2024, which could lead to devastating impacts globally. 

While food and land use systems are extremely vulnerable to climate change, they are also major greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters. 

As the world’s biggest producer, importer, and consumer of food and largest GHG emitter, China needs a holistic and systemic approach that will not only accelerate low-carbon transitions in its energy, transport and building sectors, but also promotes sustainable, healthy, just and resilient climate mitigation measures in its food and land use systems in line with global targets.

This meeting marks the launch of two papers examining the role that food and land use systems can play in meeting China’s carbon neutrality target. The first paper identifies supply- and demand-oriented mitigation measures and associated co-benefits in China’s food and land use systems, and provides recommendations for the roles that government, research institutions and civil society can play. The second paper evaluates existing greenhouse gas (GHG) projections for the Chinese agriculture, forestry and land use (AFOLU) sector and the models being used to create them, as well as giving recommendations on how to better harmonize these models.


  • Haijun Zhao, China Coordinator, FOLU China


  • Helen Ding, Senior Economist, WRI
  • Minpeng Chen, Professor, Renmin University

Expert Panel

  • Shenggen Fan, Dean of Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy, China Agricultural University, and Ambassador of the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) – Moderator
  • Fei Teng, Professor, Tsinghua University
  • Min Hu, Principal and Co-Founder, Innovative Green Development Program
  • Shuqin Jin, Deputy Division Chief, Research Center for Rural Economy (RCRE)
  • Yumei Zhang, Professor, China Agricultural University

The event will be live-streamed via zoom here:

Please note that this event will be fully in Chinese.

Reports are available in both English and Chinese on our Knowledge Hub.