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Sandor: China’s “Intensity” Plan a Bridge to Carbon Cuts
Chicago Climate Exchange Chief to Attend January Asian Financial Forum

28 December 2009 The Chinese mainland’s offer to reduce its carbon “intensity” rather than actual emissions should be viewed as a bridge to international cooperation in reducing greenhouse gasses, according to Richard Sandor, founder and Chairman of the Chicago Climate Exchange. 

Chinese negotiators at the recent Copenhagen climate summit offered a 40 per cent cut in emissions relative to the size of its economy, sparking a chorus of criticism about the talks. Dr Sandor, who heads the world’s only cap-and-trade system, which covers six major greenhouse gases, says the world should view the mainland’s first international agreement on carbon reduction as a step forward. 

“We believe that carbon trading will evolve among sovereign nations around the world, and that we will have what I would like to call a ‘pluralateral’ trading regime,” says Dr Sandor. 

Speaking in advance of the Asian Financial Forum (AFF) 2010, Dr Sandor’s interview with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) also includes his prediction that markets in Europe, North America, China, India and Japan will ultimately be “linked by some sort of financial instrument, like a certified emission reduction.”  

Please visit www.youtube.com/HKTDC to view the full interview. 

Dr Sandor also says he is “very optimistic that China and India will play an incredible role in not only economic growth, but one that is sustainable and will serve and help job growth, technology changes and, in fact, a cleaner and greener Asia.” 

Mr Sandor will attend the AFF, 20-21 January at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Under the theme “Asia in the New Economic Order,” AFF 2010 is being organised by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the HKTDC.

Global investment opportunities, regional infrastructure issues and energy and natural resources concerns will also find the spotlight in January. In addition to Dr Sandor, other major AFF speakers include Dominique Strauss-Kahn, International Monetary Fund Managing Director; Gerald Corrigan, former President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Managing Director, Goldman Sachs; Liu Mingkang, Chairman, China Banking Regulatory Commission; and Lou Jiwei, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, China Investment Corporation. 

Along with the Dr Sandor interview, the HKTDC webcast service at www.youtube.com/HKTDC carries discussions with other AFF 2010 speakers, including Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific Chairman Stephen Roach, US economist Professor Nouriel Roubini, Peter Wong, Executive Director of HSBC and Sir David Brewer, Chairman of the Britain-China Business Council.

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