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China’s Emissions Trading System May Hold the Key to Carbon Peaking Once Rolled Out Fully
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China’s Emissions Trading System May Hold the Key to Carbon Peaking Once Rolled Out Fully

China today owns the world’s most extensive Emissions Trading System (ETS), with 5.1 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions covered annually. To date, China’s ETS includes more than 2,200 companies in China’s power sector. The first stage includes only power sector companies, but the scheme will ultimately include over 6,000 production companies from different industries....

Taiwan Has Elected a New President who Promises to Continue on the Path to Net-Zero Emissions
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Taiwan Has Elected a New President who Promises to Continue on the Path to Net-Zero Emissions

On January 13, 2024, Taiwan’s 20 million eligible voters were asked to vote for a new president. Taiwan’s constitution compelled incumbent President Tsai Ying-wen from the Democratic Progressive Party to step down as president after having served out two four-year terms. After the elections, her former Vice President, Lai Ching-te, was named President-Elect. The president...

Climate Change Mitigation Holds Potential to Transform China’s High-Energy Industry-Driven Economic Model
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Climate Change Mitigation Holds Potential to Transform China’s High-Energy Industry-Driven Economic Model

China’s comet-like ascent to global economic powerhouse status over the past 30 years is based on its ability to manufacture everything and anything at reasonable labor and energy costs. Much of the West’s Foreign Direct Investment was spent on building factories to produce textiles, shoes, and other consumer products in the early years, then cars,...

China’s Advances in Renewable Energy Resources
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China’s Advances in Renewable Energy Resources

Walking Shanghai’s streets nowadays is a quieter experience than four years ago. Cars and buses glide silently as the electrification of China’s transport system progresses. Electrification and the accompanying transition towards a more diversified energy mix – despite continued headlines decrying increased coal capacities – hold the potential to initiate a structural decline in emissions...

China: Model Community Climate Mitigation Programs
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China: Model Community Climate Mitigation Programs

Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA)   The Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area – short TEDA – is a 440,000 m2 area between Tianjin City and the adjacent coast, housing some 600,000 inhabitants, comprising 10,000 industrial companies, more than 1,000 manufacturing companies, hospitals, high schools, etc. It was established in 1984 as one of China’s earliest national-level...

China’s farmers are making moderate progress in adopting farming methods to climate change
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China’s farmers are making moderate progress in adopting farming methods to climate change

Rating B (Moderate Progress)China’s agricultural landscape is as diverse as one can imagine: Lush mango plantations and pineapple fields stretch across Hainan Island. Shimmering rice terraces dominate the landscapes of Guangxi and Yunnan in the South, fields of wheat those in Sichuan – China’s “breadbasket” in the Southwest – and Henan in the center. Water-filled...

China’s Water Issues Focus on Building Resilience Against Flooding and Droughts
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China’s Water Issues Focus on Building Resilience Against Flooding and Droughts

Rating: BPast discussions on the water in China have centred mainly on the use of water for hydroelectricity generation and the construction of megadams, e.g., the Three Gorges Dam, as well as the remediation of drinking water pollution due to leachate from agricultural activity and wastewater contamination from industrial production. Over the past five years,...

China’s Emissions at a Standstill During 1st Half of 2023, but Promising New Policies Have Been Introduced
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China’s Emissions at a Standstill During 1st Half of 2023, but Promising New Policies Have Been Introduced

China Progress Report: Midway 2023 Rating: CChina’s decarbonization efforts stagnate as the country must balance between economic recovery, energy security, and meeting the 30/60 carbon targets.Greenhouse Gas or CO2 emissions-related data for the first half of 2023 appears unavailable via official sources such as the National Bureau of Statistics. The NBS usually publishes aggregated information,...

NGO ClientEarth Supports Improved Climate Jurisprudence Work of China’s Supreme People’s Court
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NGO ClientEarth Supports Improved Climate Jurisprudence Work of China’s Supreme People’s Court

China’s legal institutions have increasingly had to deal with cases related to environmental issues over the past decade. In 2020 alone, Chinese prosecutors had to handle some 80,000 environmental public interest cases. Early environmental law first governed air and water pollution, industrial discharge, or agricultural soil contamination. Issues related to climate change have started to...

China may be able to come close to a 50% 2030 reduction goal if the implementation of policy groundwork is intensified
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China may be able to come close to a 50% 2030 reduction goal if the implementation of policy groundwork is intensified

The latest installment of the IPCC’s Assessment Report AR6 stipulates that countries will have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% over 1990 temperatures by 2030. Will China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, achieve this goal?While there is no crystal ball to fully predict the future of China’s emissions, the latest IPCC report has...

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