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Simulation of the United Nations COP Meeting on Climate Change 2018 (December 8, 2018)
Date: December 20, 2018

The "COP Simulation 2018" jointly organised by CarbonCare InnoLab (CCIL) and the Hong Kong-America Center was successfully held on December 8 at the office of PricewaterhouseCoopers at The Landmark. On that day, more than 30 secondary students experienced the wrestling process of cross-countries negotiations and reflected on the far-reaching impact of climate change.

We adopted new rules for the game this year. Participants were first assigned to different national teams, including China, the United States and Russia. There were three different industry political representatives in each country's ranks: the energy, economic, environmental and social sectors. Participants represented their own sector and developed plans that not only benefitting the sector and the country, but also combating climate change.

At the beginning of the event, the speaker briefed the participants with current climate challenges: if all countries have not taken any measures to deal with climate change, the global temperature will rise by more than 4 degrees in 2100 compared with the pre-industrial revolution period. Afterwards, the participants and the members of the same group conducted internal discussions of their representing country. Next, participants from the same sector conducted discussions to understand the situation between countries so as to facilitate the development of greenhouse gas emission reduction plans for their countries. Finally, each country team selected a representative to conduct cross-countries negotiations and jointly developed a suitable plan with the goal of global warming of no more than 2 degrees in 2100.

On the day of the event, participants were arranged to conduct a skype video conference with the Hong Kong representative of COP24 in Katowice, Poland. The delegates included Mr John Sayer (Research Director of CCIL), Alissa Tung (Project Director of CCIL), J Robert Gibson (Adjunct Professor; Div of Environment and Sustainability, HK University of Science and Technology) and Thea Cheung (Prospective Student of MSc Carbon Management and Carbon Finance at the University of Edinburgh). This session was moderated by Jeanne Ng (Director of Research Institute, CLP). During the skype video conference, participants learned about the situation of the Climate Change Summit COP24.

We used a climate change policy simulator C-ROADS to analyse the nationally determined contributions submitted by representatives of various countries. Participants took a positive attitude in this simulated negotiation game. This event provided a valuable cross-countries negotiation experience to participants and encouraged them to make changes together to protect the next generation.

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