In 2014, the United States and China made a landmark joint announcement to work together on addressing climate change. As the world’s two largest emitters, this was a seismic shift and helped ultimately pave the way for the Paris Agreement. It was followed by two further joint announcements in 2015 and 2016 and underpinned by cooperation on a number of initiatives.
As the climate crisis worsens, rebuilding this cooperation post-2020 will be in the interests of the United States, China and ultimately the world. Working with leading policymakers and experts from both sides, this project seeks to establish the case for why this cooperation is so crucial at this time, and also lay out a blueprint for how it could be rebuilt.