China

Increased Recycling May Reduce Metals Sector Energy Use in China

November 6, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Metals Recycling

China produces more steel and aluminum than any other country. Secondary production, or producing metal from recycled scrap metal, is the primary opportunity to reduce the country's energy intensity for both of these industries, because secondary production uses significantly less energy.[read more]

Chinese Policies Aim to Increase Energy Efficiency in Buildings

November 5, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Building Efficiency

From 1998 to 2012, the energy consumption of buildings in China grew by about 7.7% per year, much faster than China's average annual population increase, which was less than 1% per year. This growth was driven by growing incomes and modernization that significantly increased the use of electricity.[read more]

Beyond China, Other Southeast Asian Countries Plan for Significant Hydroelectric Additions

November 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Asia and Hydro Power

China's long-terms and substantial development of hydroelectric power, including the largest power plant in the world at Three Gorges Dam, has overshadowed the relatively large hydroelectric expansion plans of other Southeast Asia countries.[read more]

Shale Gas Development in China Aided by Government Investment and Decreasing Well Cost

October 1, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Shale Gas

Although reliance on natural gas imports has increased in the Chinese energy market, future shale gas production in China would help to meet natural gas demand as the country faces difficulties in developing other natural gas resources, including coalbed methane.[read more]

Building a Global Climate Agreement that Will Work: Country Action by All Major Emitters

September 30, 2015 by Jake Schmidt
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Global Cimate Emissions and Reductions

Almost 20 years ago opponents to climate action ran advertising campaigns throughout the US with the tagline "it's not global and it won't work". This framing still seems to pop up from policymakers and companies that want to deny the need for climate action.[read more]

China and US Commit to Strengthened Domestic and International Climate Actions

September 29, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Last November, as part of the joint announcement at the APEC meeting in Beijing, China and the US agreed to new targets to cut their carbon pollution. This year the two countries are focusing on implementation of these goals, formalizing more actions to domestically reduce emissions.[read more]

China Commits to Significant New Climate Actions in U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change

September 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama announced new and strengthened actions by both countries domestically and working together as part of a joint presidential statement on climate change. These commitments build on their historic November 2014 joint announcement.[read more]

Coal Use in China is Slowing

September 18, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Coal Use in China

Economic deceleration, industry restructuring, and new energy and environmental policies have slowed the growth of coal consumption in China and are also driving more centralized and cleaner uses of coal. Energy-based consumption of coal grew only 1% to 2% in 2012 and 2013 and was flat in 2014.[read more]

Recent Statistical Revisions Suggest Higher Historical Coal Consumption in China

September 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Actual Coal Consumption

New preliminary data from the China Statistical Abstract 2015 (CSA2015) show an upward revision to China's historical coal consumption and production. Energy-content-based coal consumption from 2000 to 2013 is up to 14% higher than previously reported, while coal production is up to 7% higher.[read more]

U.S., China Climate Leaders Summit Drives Subnational Partnerships and Local Implementation

September 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Partnerships and Implementation

Chinese and American leaders met in Los Angeles to engage partners on addressing climate change. Nine collaborative documents were signed during the summit by U.S. and Chinese cities and provinces, and between various business and academic players of the two countries.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Today Means More Access to Energy Tomorrow

September 11, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

Energy Efficiency and Access

2015 has brought countries across the globe record-breaking temperatures. In addition to leading to wildfires, droughts, and thousands of premature deaths, it also has brought increasing demand for electricity to run air conditioning, leading to disruptive blackouts and reduced energy for other uses.[read more]

How China is Taking Major Steps to Control Shipping Air Pollution

September 3, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China and Shipping Pollution

In a series of announcements over the weekend and on Monday, the Chinese government took several important steps in order to finally control emissions from their shipping activities. Pollution of this kind has, until now, been virtually unregulated.[read more]

China's First 3rd-Party Study on Regional Air Quality Management Across 30 Provinces

September 2, 2015 by Jenny Tang

China Air Quality

In 2013, China State Council issued the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan 2013-2017 (aka “Ten Measures of Air”), setting a new precedent for governmental air pollution management efforts. One year after the Action Plan’s launch, what have China’s provinces and cities done to meet these requirements?[read more]

A "Great Reversal" in China? Coal Continues to Decline with Enforcement of Environmental Laws

August 31, 2015 by Hao Tan
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China Coal Reversal

Two stories dominate China’s energy trajectory right now. The first is that reports from three agencies all point to the continuing decline in use of coal in the first half of 2015, continuing a trajectory already notable in 2014. The other side of this story is the determination to enforce pollution regulation.[read more]

How Chinese Industry Can Cap Coal Consumption and Transition to Cleaner Production

August 13, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

China and Coal Consumption

With the release of the Clean Power Plan, the United States has established a game-changing regulation that will reduce carbon pollution. China, meanwhile, has a chance to make just as important a contribution to addressing climate change by capping its coal consumption in key industries.[read more]