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Insights on COP26 from Chinese University of Hong Kong

In the run up to COP26, which will take place from this Sunday, October 31 to November 12, we want to highlight experts from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) who can speak to facets of two of the three key goals of COP26 set for the international community listed below, in case they may be of use to your stories on key topics to be discussed during COP26.

Please do let us know if you would be interested in engage the above experts. CUHK also has a broader roster of spokespeople who can comment on various aspects of energy, sustainability and climate topics, as well as energy and environmental engineering (see attached) so we’re happy to see how we can assist with any other topics you may be looking at. Thank you!

  1. Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach
    • Countries are being asked to come forward with ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets that align with reaching net zero by the middle of the century
    • To deliver on these stretching targets, countries will need to:
      • accelerate the phase-out of coal
      • curtail deforestation
      • speed up the switch to electric vehicles
      • encourage investment in renewables
Professors Topics they could comment on:
Prof. Xu Yuan


  • Environmental policy, governance and strategy
  • Energy transition and climate mitigation
  • Political economy
Prof. Francis, C Y Tam
  • Seasonal climate predictability and regional climate predictions
  • Tropical atmospheric circulation and the Asian monsoon, and their future behavior under climate change
Prof. Sylvia Ying He
  • Sustainable urban transport
  • Travel behaviour
  • Application of electric vehicles


  1. Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats
    • The climate is already changing and it will continue to change even as we reduce emissions, with devastating effects.
    • At COP26 we need to work together to enable and encourage countries affected by climate change to:
      • protect and restore ecosystems
      • build defences, warning systems and resilient infrastructure and agriculture to avoid loss of homes, livelihoods and even lives
      • take steps to protect food security
Professors Topics they could comment on:
Prof. Edward Ng
  • Green building
  • Environmental and sustainable design
  • Urban climatology for city planning
Prof. Lam Hon Ming


  • Climate-smart and sustainable agriculture
  • Plant and agricultural biotechnology
Prof. Amos Tai


  • Air pollution, agricultural and forest meteorology
  • Biosphere-atmosphere interactions and eco-climatology
  • Ecosystem services and food security under climate change
Prof. Derrick Lai
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Soils and the environment
  • Urban ecology and biogeochemistry
  • Ecosystem restoration and management



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