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Food and Climate Nexus: Spotlight on China

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September 19
9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
Add to Calendar September 19 9:00 am September 19 10:00 am America/New_York Food and Climate Nexus: Spotlight on China

The food system – from production, processing, and packaging to transport, consumption and disposal – accounts for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. So far in the global dialogue and response to climate change, little attention has been paid to the nexus between food and climate. And only a handful of countries are taking a comprehensive view of the food system when developing adaptation plans and nationally-determined contributions.

The Food Climate Partnership, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, has developed new estimates of greenhouse gas emissions from the food system, which show marked variation between countries, as well as between the composition of contributions across the farm gate, land use change, and pre- and post-processing components. In 2019, China had the largest contribution of emissions from food (1.9 Gt CO2 eq), dominated by emissions from pre- and post-production processes. Therefore, it is critical to understand its current practices, as well as its plans for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

David Sandalow (Founding Fellow, Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and co-founder of the Food Climate Partnership) will provide an overview of food and climate linkages. Followed by a presentation from Sally Qiu (Research Associate, Center for Global Energy Policy) and Hörn Heiðarsdóttir (Founder and CEO, Ylur) sharing insights on China’s food-related greenhouse gas emissions. We will conclude with remarks and conversation with Kevin Chen (Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI) followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

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Food Climate Partnership
Columbia Climate School

The food system – from production, processing, and packaging to transport, consumption and disposal – accounts for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. So far in the global dialogue and response to climate change, little attention has been paid to the nexus between food and climate. And only a handful of countries are taking a comprehensive view of the food system when developing adaptation plans and nationally-determined contributions.

The Food Climate Partnership, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, has developed new estimates of greenhouse gas emissions from the food system, which show marked variation between countries, as well as between the composition of contributions across the farm gate, land use change, and pre- and post-processing components. In 2019, China had the largest contribution of emissions from food (1.9 Gt CO2 eq), dominated by emissions from pre- and post-production processes. Therefore, it is critical to understand its current practices, as well as its plans for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

David Sandalow (Founding Fellow, Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and co-founder of the Food Climate Partnership) will provide an overview of food and climate linkages. Followed by a presentation from Sally Qiu (Research Associate, Center for Global Energy Policy) and Hörn Heiðarsdóttir (Founder and CEO, Ylur) sharing insights on China’s food-related greenhouse gas emissions. We will conclude with remarks and conversation with Kevin Chen (Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI) followed by a Q&A session with the audience.