Past Event

Food and Climate Nexus: Spotlight on China

September 19, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Online Event

The food system is responsible for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change is threatening food systems around the globe. The nexus between the food system and climate change has received too little attention globally. Few countries fully address this nexus in climate adaptation plans or in nationally-determined contributions under the UNFCCC.

In 2019, food system emissions from China were 1.9 Gt CO2 eq – roughly 4% of global greenhouse emissions and more than any other country. This event will explore the food-climate nexus in China, including background on the Chinese food system, its emissions impacts and its vulnerability to climate change. Leading experts will consider whether there are opportunities for US-China cooperation on this topic, even in a time of geopolitical tensions.

Moderator: David Sandalow – Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University and co-founder, Food Climate Partnership


  • Kevin Chen --- China Program Lead, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Jennifer Turner -- China Environment Forum Director, Wilson Center
  • Sally Qiu -- Research Associate, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia
  • Hörn Heiðarsdóttir -- Founder and CEO, Ylur


This event is part of Climate Week NYC. The Climate Group has selected the Columbia Climate School as its university partner for this year’s Climate Week NYC. Running from September 19 - 25, Climate Week NYC convenes key climate leaders to accelerate climate action and is the biggest global climate event of its kind. Check out all of the Columbia Climate School’s Climate Week events and content on our website:


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Erik Mencos Contreras