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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...

Electricity Consumption and Renewable Usage Have Increased in China While Steady Energy Intensity Has Decreased
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Electricity Consumption and Renewable Usage Have Increased in China While Steady Energy Intensity Has Decreased

Figures for China’s electricity consumption and the energy mix behind it differ across various relevant monitors. The International Energy Agency states China’s electricity consumption for 2018 was roughly 6.833 Terawatt Hours (TWh)—an increase of nearly 1079% since 1990. Coal-generated and hydro-generated electricity made up the largest proportion of the country’s energy usage, followed by wind...

China’s CO2 Emissions Have Been Constantly Increasing Over the Past Two Decades With a Steep Increase of 3.4% From 2018-2019
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China’s CO2 Emissions Have Been Constantly Increasing Over the Past Two Decades With a Steep Increase of 3.4% From 2018-2019

Recently Reported Greenhouse Gas Emissions Level: 9,528.21 Megatons in 2018 Compared to 2088.85 Megatons in 1990 (IEA) 9,825.8 Megatons in 2019 Compared to 2,323.8 Megatons in 1990 (IEA) 11,535.20 Megatons in 2019 Compared to 2,404.74 Megatons in 1990 (EDGAR)Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reports for China vary in numbers but are unified in that they cover...

China Pledges to be Carbon Neutral by 2060
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China Pledges to be Carbon Neutral by 2060

China surprised the world in September with a pledge to take further action in combating climate change and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. The first pledge was made to leaders of the European Union mid-September, then reiterated in President Xi’s speech to the UN General Assembly. Neither announcement provided any details as to how carbon...

Chinese Academy of Sciences and Others Lead Climate Research in China
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Chinese Academy of Sciences and Others Lead Climate Research in China

In China, climate change and environmental pollution mitigation research has been playing an increasingly important role, especially since 2012 when President Xi formalized the concept of “ecological civilization”. Numerous organizations are conducting research into the environmental effects of economic development. They can be divided into four categories: Government-funded think tanks which research informs macro socio-economic...

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