Promoting Carbon Consciousness:

The “COP and Moot” Simulations

by the Hong Kong America Center

Saturdays, October 27 and November 10, 2018

The Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) has supported the Hong Kong America Center to conduct a series of five simulations over two years to deepen awareness among university students of the policy issues of climate change worldwide and their specific relevance to Hong Kong and its future.

The project has two parts. “The Moot” will be environmental moot court competitions open to students in HK universities in all disciplines, such as law, business, science, public policy, social science and humanities.   Our partner for the moot is the Faculty of Law of the CUHK.   The first moot will be on Saturday, October 27 in the Graduate Law Centre, 3/F, Bank of America Tower in Central.

Please register here.  Places are limited.  First come, first served.  You will join an interdisciplinary team of four or five students from different universities in HK.  Our question is: how can the UN strengthen its implementation of the Paris Accords on Climate ChangeWhat should HK do to meet its own goal of reducing carbon intensity by 20% by 2020, and more by 2030?  Strengthen your advocacy skills, work on a team of your peers, and express your ideas and concerns for how the world, the UN system and HK itself can take climate policy seriously.  Let us not burn our planet!

The COP” will be a simulation for university students in HK of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Our partner on the COP simulation is Carbon Care Innolab, a veteran activist which is dedicated to expanding the circle of people active on climate change via social innovation, community engagement and education and policy research. The upcoming UNFCCC will be held in Poland in December, 2018.  The challenge for this COP will be how to fulfill the nationally determined commitments (NDCs) made by over 150 countries at the Paris Accord in COP 21 in December 2015.
Our COP simulation will have 12 country teams of student delegates negotiating new NDCs that reflect more aggressive targets for carbon reduction and adaptation in their nations. Each country team will have roles representing interests of Energy, Business and NGO sectors.

The COP 24 simulation is on Saturday November 10. The venue will be in the elegant offices of the global consultancy, PwC, 22/F, Edinburgh Tower, Landmark in Central.  The twelve country teams are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EU, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, and USA. Welcome to register here. Places are limited.  First come, first served.  See you in the COP!

Students may sign up for the Moot, or the COP, or both.  See our website at:




The rundown of COP24 simulation:

10:00        Opening remarks and overview of the day by Glenn Shive, HKAC

10:05        Briefing on Status of Climate Change Negotiations and COP24: Chong Chan Yau, CCIL

10:20        Carbon emission projections for 12 countries on “business-as-usual” scenario, Lance Cheng, CCIL

10:30        Country team meetings: review country emission status and prepare for sector meetings

11:00        Sector meetings (Energy, Business and NGO)

12:30        Lunch

14:00        Presentation on impacts of climate change on food, water and habitat by Prof. Leung Wing Mo,  former Assistant Director of Hong Kong Observatory

14:45        Country teams present new NDCs to plenary

15:15        Break

15:45        Present carbon emission projections for 12 countries based on new NDCs

16:00        Talanoa Dialogue: discuss the way forward to further reduce emissions by countries and sectors

17:00        End simulation; reflections on the COP 24 simulation process, evaluation, vote of thanks

17:30        Adjourn