Spotlight Activity: China’s Low Carbon Transition Starts to Be Implemented
Energy consumption in China has drastically increased in the past few decades due to economic booms. During the year 2018, China has made and implemented action plans to reduce the energy consumption, including reducing the use of fossil fuels in industrial sector, improving the energy efficiency of the power plants, and replacing coal with natural gas, electricity and other types of renewable energy in rural households.
The changes are significant for China in achieving the climate goal because of the direct reduction of carbon emissions. Data has shown that approximately 80 percent of China’s CO2 emissions are from coal and fossil fuels, replacing coal and fossil fuels with natural gas and other clean energy would reduce more than 50 percent of carbon emissions.
However, despite being committed to carbon reduction policies, not many policies have been implemented to reduce the non-carbon greenhouse gas emissions.
More policies are needed to reduce these non-carbon emissions as they account for more than 20 percent of China’s greenhouse gas emissions. This would be crucial for China to achieve its Paris Agreement Pledges.
Status: Right Direction
A wide range of policies have been issued to reduce the carbon emission in China. However, more actions are needed in addressing the non-carbon greenhouse gas emissions.
You can accelerate policy-making by sending the following message:
“We are happy that China is implementing policies towards the low carbon transition, but we hope to see policies in addressing all types of greenhouse gases to reach the climate goal.”
Send Action Alert Message to:
Lifeng He, the director of National Development and Reform Commission, through the flowing website: http://xf.ndrc.gov.cn/xf/addmail.jsp
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