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Paulson Institute-CCIEE CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization Addresses Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Buildings and Clean Technology

Highlighting important first-year achievements, members voice commitment to help China meet its ambitious climate change goals


Beijing, China—The Paulson Institute and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges today co-hosted the second annual meeting of its CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization to assess and build on the progress made by the Council over the past year.

During today’s meeting, the CEOs continued to address issues at the heart of the Council’s mission: finding concrete solutions that will help China achieve its historic urbanization goals in an environmentally sustainable way.

Since its inception in November 2014, the Council has launched a landmark sustainable building project, published a building-code roadmap, developed a digital environmental awareness campaign aimed at Chinese millennials, and launched a series of case studies highlighting best practices in sustainable business, energy, finance and housing, as well as other research about efficient buildings and energy reform.

“I believe that business can and must play a role in solving some of our greatest challenges, such as climate change, which presents huge economic and human risks to our planet,” said Paulson Institute Chairman Henry M. Paulson, Jr. “As China goes full-force with an ambitious sustainable urbanization agenda, our Council is seizing opportunities to help ensure its success. Helping China transition to a low-carbon economy is in our shared interest.”

“This Council brings together U.S. and Chinese companies to work together with the government to solve environmental and development challenges, and such collaboration will make a significant contribution to helping to achieve our sustainable urbanization goals,” said CCIEE Chairman Zeng Peiyan.

CEO Council Members:

Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors
Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Chen Dongsheng, Chairman, Taikang Life Insurance
Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer, Apple
David M. Cote, Chairman and CEO, Honeywell
Guan Qing, Chairman, China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Mark S. Hoplamazian, President, CEO and Director, Hyatt Hotels Corp.
Huang Nubo, Chairman, Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group
Li Dongsheng, Chairman, TCL
Liang Xinjun, Vice Chairman and CEO, Fosun Group
Liu Zhenya, President and CEO, State Grid Corporation of China
Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman, President, and CEO, Dow Chemical Company
Jack Ma Yun, Chairman, Alibaba Group
Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Walmart
Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM
Wang Shi, Chairman, China Vanke
Zheng Zhijie, Vice Chairman and Executive Director, China Development Bank

About the Paulson Institute: The Paulson Institute is a “think and do” tank that promotes environmental protection and sustainable development in the United States and China, while advancing bilateral economic relations and cross-border investment. Established in 2011 by Henry M. Paulson, Jr., the Institute is committed to the principle that today’s most pressing economic and environmental challenges can be solved only if the United States and China work in complementary ways.

The non-partisan, independent Institute works at the nexus of economic and environmental issues in the United States and China. Its programs in China focus on improving climate and air quality, advancing ecological conservation and promoting sustainable cities. The Institute’s Think Tank publishes papers on the most important macroeconomic issues facing China today, energy strategies and issues in US-China relations. The Institute promotes bilateral cross-border investment that will improve US-China relations and help create jobs and works to reduce economic risk from climate change. The Institute is headquartered at the University of Chicago and has offices in Washington and Beijing.

About China Center for International Economic Exchanges: China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), founded on March 20th, 2009, is registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and operates under the guidance and supervision of the National Development and Reform Commission in terms of its business scope. The main scope of work for CCIEE is: to conduct research on major international and domestic economic issues; to conduct international exchanges and cooperation; to provide government with intellectual support; and to provide enterprises and other sectors of society with a platform for economic exchanges.

CCIEE is committed to serving China’s development, improving people’s livelihood and promoting exchanges and cooperation. By adhering to the socialist theoretical system with Chinese characteristics and the values of Originality, Objectively, Rationality and Compatibility, CCIEE actively conducts research on significant domestic and international theoretical and strategic issues. CCIEE compiles periodicals such as Research Report, Think-tank’s Voice, Information Feedback and a monthly journal called Globalization.

For more about CCIEE, visit english.cciee.org.cn.