China

Good News: China's Dropping Coal Consumption Is Putting the Brakes on Global Carbon Emissions

February 4, 2016 by Barbara Finamore

China, Coal, and Emissions

New analysis finds that China holds the key to achieving the 2 degree Celsius global climate goal reaffirmed by 195 countries in Paris. According to research by Barclays Bank, China accounts for 33-40 percent of the carbon emissions gap between current trends and a 2 degree Celsius pathway.[read more]

China Coal Use Falls for Second Year in a Row: IEA Boss

February 3, 2016 by Tyler Hamilton

China Coal Consumption

Driven mostly by a need to get local air pollution under control, China has put a 2020 cap on coal emissions. Less economic emphasis is being put on energy-intensive industries such as steel manufacturing and big investment continues in renewables.[read more]

Supply? Demand? Emotion? The Future Of Crude Oil Futures Volatility

January 14, 2016 by Nathan Randazzo
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Many crude oil market observers point to current global inventory levels to explain today’s low prices. The recent price decline is also attributed to concern about possible future decline in Chinese demand growth.[read more]

Is Shipping Next On China’s Hit List?

January 13, 2016 by Richard Brubaker

China is beginning to take a tougher stance on its environmental issues.[read more]

10 Clean Energy Trends that Prove 2015 was a Transformative Year

January 4, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

2015 Energy Changes Review

Back in September when the New York Times declared 2015 “the year humans got serious about climate change,” we knew they were on to something. But as we near the end of 2015, it’s hard to believe we’ve accomplished as much as we have in just 12 months.[read more]

Let's Not Kid Ourselves: Curbing Carbon and Stopping Smog Are Not the Same

December 29, 2015 by Christopher Sellers
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A hope has prevailed that curbs on carbon will also fix the dirty air in cities. But that hope doesn’t take into account how the past of pollution control inside the United States and other long-industrialized nations has conditioned us to tackling one enormous environmental problem while ignoring the other.[read more]

Year in Review: Top 10 Advanced Energy News Stories of 2015, Part 2

December 21, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News for 2015

Advanced energy makes news, and 2015 was proof of that. From innovative financing models for energy efficiency to Fortune 500 companies choosing advanced energy, businesses big and small had impact on the way the world generates and uses energy.[read more]

2016 Look Ahead for Nuclear Energy

December 21, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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This is the annual look ahead for the global nuclear energy industry. While it is too early to predict whether the high concept promises of the COP 21 climate change conference will translate into concrete being poured for nuclear power stations, there are a number of positive developments.[read more]

Next Steps for China on Paris Climate Agreement

December 15, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China has committed to peak its CO2 emissions by 2030 and to make best efforts to peak earlier. It will increase non-fossil energy to 20% of its energy consumption by 2030, which will require it to install 800 to 1,000 gigawatts in non-fossil capacity, equivalent to the entire current US generating capacity.[read more]

How Much Money Can China's Utilities Save With Demand Response?

December 9, 2015 by Collin Smith
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China and Demand Response

China is seeing the potential for demand response to reduce costs for its grid, but the structure of its energy market makes it difficult to know exactly how much it can help. A study attempts to solve this by estimating the benefits of demand response for Shanghai, the site of China's first demand response pilot program.[read more]

Policy Brief: China's Emissions Trading Scheme and Targets

December 7, 2015 by Sieren Ernst

On his trip to the U.S. in September, President Xi Jingping announced that China would implement a national emissions trading system by 2017. The announcement was made with Barack Obama, reaffirming their interest in curtailing climate change in the lead-up to the Paris Climate Conference.[read more]

China and India Drive Recent Changes in World Coal Trade

November 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal and Imports

Global trade of coal grew from 2008 to 2013, but in 2014, it declined for the first time in 21 years. China and India accounted for 98% of the increase in world coal trade from 2008 to 2013, but declines in China's import demand have led to declines in total world coal trade in 2014 and in 2015 as well.[read more]

United States and China Advance Policies to Limit CO2 Emissions

November 25, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

US and China Emissions Policies

Late last year, China and the United States each announced intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to mitigate their respective greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but there is still uncertainty in each country's ability to meet those targets.[read more]

The Revision of China's Energy and Coal Consumption Data: A Preliminary Analysis

November 24, 2015 by Hao Tan
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China and Energy Consumption

On November 3rd, the New York Times carried a front page report that China has revised its estimates of how much coal it has been burning, and concluding that its carbon emissions have been higher than had been previously reported and assumed.[read more]

Seven Things You Should Know About China's Coal Consumption

November 17, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China's issuance in August of its 2014 Energy Statistical Yearbook has recently garnered attention due to the yearbook's substantial upward revision of China's coal consumption statistics and their potential implications for China's GHG emissions and the December Paris climate negotiations.[read more]