Hi, welcome to the Shuang Tan newsletter, written by me, Hongqiao Liu.

In this newsletter, I will be tracking China’s policies and actions toward achieving its climate pledges of peaking carbon emissions before 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality before 2060. Hence the name: “Shuang Tan” is shorthand for China’s “dual-carbon” goals (“双碳”, pinyin: Shuāng Tàn).

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I am independent: I am not employed by, or sponsored by any public or private institution;

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I unsilo policy discussions: I bring in interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise from investigative journalism, media studies, strategic communication, energy and climate policy, international relations, political economy, and green finance;

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Cheers, Hongqiao

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Paris-based independent policy consultant & advisor, tracking #China #environment #energy #climate since 2010. Vox “Visionary change agent”; 2x TED speaker; Oxford Reuters Fellow. 中/EN/FR. I write the Shuang Tan newsletter.