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Climate Mitigation Strategic Priorities for China
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Climate Mitigation Strategic Priorities for China

Priorities Nationwide programs to identify the impact of closing polluting industries such as coal mines, coal-fired power plants etc. on the livelihood of affected workers Designing the necessary training and reskilling programs to support workers’ transition into new jobs or encourage entrepreneurship Policy or legislation should be developed to steer and enable regional and local...

Climate Scorecard Progress Report for China
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Climate Scorecard Progress Report for China

This report is in the form of memos from Climate Scorecard Country Managers to Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC). Below is a description of the progress the country has made made in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 and the...

China to Close CO2 Emissions Tracking Gap to Achieve 2030 and 2060 Climate Goals with Establishment of Carbon Emissions Statistical Accounting Working Group
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China to Close CO2 Emissions Tracking Gap to Achieve 2030 and 2060 Climate Goals with Establishment of Carbon Emissions Statistical Accounting Working Group

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard China Country Manager Annette Wiedenbach   Best Organizational Sources: Carbon Emissions Statistical Tracking Group; The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE); The Energy Administration; Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs   At the end of August 2021, China’s National Development and Reform Commission and National Bureau of Statistics...

China Is Getting Hotter and Wetter in Both Urban and Coastal Areas
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China Is Getting Hotter and Wetter in Both Urban and Coastal Areas

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard China Country Manager Annette Wiedenbach   China continues to get hotter and wetter, troublingly not just along the coastal cities used to annual typhoons. Flooding caused by torrential rains and typhoons have started to increasingly hit China’s inland and Northern cities. In July, torrential rains unloading the equivalent...

After Two Decades of Stalled Development, China to Ramp up Nuclear Power Development
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After Two Decades of Stalled Development, China to Ramp up Nuclear Power Development

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard China Country Manager Annette Wiedenbach Nuclear power has played a relatively minor role in China’s overall primary energy strategy over the past two decades. While nuclear power has risen from roughly 1% of total primary energy supply in China at the beginning of the 2000s, it hovers around...

Divergent Central and Local Government Interests May Impede Implementation of China’s Climate Targets 
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Divergent Central and Local Government Interests May Impede Implementation of China’s Climate Targets 

This post was submitted by Climate Scorecard China Country Manager Annette Wiedenbach   Central planning vs. local sustainable implementation At the end of 2020, China officially pledged to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and to become carbon neutral in 2060, a decade later than other regions, like the EU. A concrete roadmap on how...

While GHG Levels Keep Rising With Increasing Industrial Activity in China, Carbon Intensity Has Been On Continuous Downward Trajectory
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While GHG Levels Keep Rising With Increasing Industrial Activity in China, Carbon Intensity Has Been On Continuous Downward Trajectory

Submitted by China Country Manager Annette WiedenbachCurrent GHG Emissions China’s most recent data on Greenhouse Gas emissions, or most concretely on carbon dioxide emissions, is covered by a number of databases. A wide variety of databases follow greenhouse gas emissions developments in China. Their data for 2019 CO2 and CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions range from...

Spotlight: Shenzhen has Transformed to One of China’s Cities with the Lowest Air Pollution Rate
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Spotlight: Shenzhen has Transformed to One of China’s Cities with the Lowest Air Pollution Rate

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Country Manager: Annette WiedenbachIn 2010, the Chinese government designated Shenzhen, a city of about 13 million inhabitants in the south of China, to be among 11 provinces and cities to develop and pilot low-carbon solutions for industry, transport, renewable energy, construction, consumption and ecology. China’s government uses pilot...

The Chinese Government as Solar Power Entrepreneur and the Examples of Suntech and Longi Green Energy Technology Company
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The Chinese Government as Solar Power Entrepreneur and the Examples of Suntech and Longi Green Energy Technology Company

By Climate Scorecard China Country Manager Annette Wiedenbach Geopolitical interests drive creation of solar energy leaders Over the past 20 years China has emerged as the world leader in solar energy technology. At the end of 2019, China’s total installed capacity of solar PV power made up 204 GW of energy. Government investment into solar...

Recommendations for Climate Mitigation in China: A Community-Based Employment and Development Program
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Recommendations for Climate Mitigation in China: A Community-Based Employment and Development Program

Recommendation # 1: A Community-Based Employment and Development Program Program Recommendation # 2: A Clean-Tech Funding and Consulting Program for Small and Mid-sized Companies President Xi’s bold commitment to make China carbon-neutral by 2060 during the UN Climate summit in 2020 raised hopes that the world’s largest carbon emitting country will finally take the necessary...

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