China assesses the potential of Australia's carbon emissions scheme

Australia is leading the way with its carbon emissions trading scheme and China is taking note of its progress in the hope it can use it as a basis to implement changes. 

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Climate change and energy efficiency parliamentary secretary Mark Dreyfus was discussing global warming with China's National Development and Reform Commission vice chairman Xie Zhenhua on Friday (September 28).

Both officials have been in New York for the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. 

Seventeen countries attended the conference to drive the international action on climate change.

"China has been making steady progress in developing its pilot emissions trading schemes.
Introducing emissions trading is a complex task. China is keen to learn from the experiences of others who have or are currently implementing emissions trading, such as Australia," Mr Dreyfus asserted.

The secretary said Australia has been working closely with China in the last 12 months to help address policy and technical issues surrounding a carbon emissions scheme. The discussions included information about how Australia has developed their own emissions trading scheme.