China’s Carbon Intensity reduction Plan

Posted on August 16, 2011 by

China’s official newspaper China Daily recently reported that China would soon release detailed plans to achieve the goal of reduction of carbon intensity. The plans would address the short-term goal of reducing carbon intensity by 17% over 2005 levels by 2015 and a medium-term goal of 40-45% reduction by 2020.

National Development and Reform Commission, which has the broad administrative and planning control over the Chinese Economy, would soon release the plan in the form of 2011-15 five year plan to meet it’s goals. China is the largest user of coal globally and is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases. China is not an obligated state to reduce the GHG emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. It has also refused to accept binding commitments to cut overall GHG emission volumes. It states that it would reduce the GHG intensity of the economy to reduce the rate of growth of emissions.

Similar to India, China plans to get 15% of it’s total energy from renewables by 2020, though coal will continue to account for 70% the energy mix. China’s detailed plan could be similar to India’s national missions under the National Action Plan for Climate Change. The options for China include a cap-and-trade program to be operationalized by 2013 for industries such as iron and steel, cement etc. India has operationalized the cap-and-trade in the form of a perform-achieve-trade for energy efficiency.

Read more about China’s efforts in the renewable energy deployment here

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China – Renewables and Coal Power – Impact on Carbon Emissions
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