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US and China Agree to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

July 18, 2014 by Edward Dodge

US and China's CCS Agreement

China is the world’s largest coal producer and consumer and the world’s leading emitter of carbon dioxide emissions. China is also the world’s most populous country and is suffering from high pollution levels due to its unrestrained fossil fuel use.[read more]

China's Latest Mandate: 30% of Government Cars Need to Be Electric or Use Alternative Fuel

July 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

China has mandated that at least 30% of government vehicles purchased in the next two years must be fueled by alternative energy. The plan for "new-energy vehicles" includes electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen electric fuel cell vehicles, according to an announcement reported on by Bloomberg News.[read more]

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Why China's Energy Consumption Will Keep Rising

July 9, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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China Energy Consumption

 

In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was signed. This was to usher in an era where the planet was to tackle climate change, and we were to see an energy transition from dirty, polluting fossil fuels to their low-carbon alternatives. Instead, here is what happened.[read more]

China's New Environmental Law and the U.S. Clean Air Act

July 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China recently overhauled its basic environmental law in a way that brings it closer to the structure of the U.S. Clean Air Act. The new law also contains a provision authorizing public interest litigation by certain Chinese NGOs, and this is a huge step forward.[read more]

Are We Close to Peak Coal in China?

July 7, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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China Peak Coal?

Last year, renewable energy made up nearly 70% of new electric generation capacity additions in China. That figure would be more impressive if coal wasn’t the leader of Chinese energy, accounting for about 65% of the country’s energy mix. But coal’s tight grip on the country may start to wane soon.[read more]

Five Chinas & the Cartoon Guide to Climate Change

June 25, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Growth and Carbon Emissions

 

In the past six weeks, Lindsey and I have biked across Turkey, talking to people about climate change. While a summary of our impressions can be found in this blog post, what struck us the most is how much new infrastructure, and especially power plants, Turkey is building.[read more]

Why We Need CCS, Part 3: Coal

June 10, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Coal Consumption and CSS

 

While one of the most hated commodities on earth, coal is the world's most rapidly growing energy source over the course of the 21st century. Given the growth ambitions of the developing world, this trend is set to continue, creating an even greater need for a rapid CCS rollout over coming decades.[read more]

Big Tariffs in US-China Solar Panel Trade Case; No Settlement in Sight

June 7, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

The Department of Commerce found for the petitioner, SolarWorld, and levied substantial tariffs in its just-announced preliminary finding in the Chinese solar module trade investigation. Commerce imposed preliminary duties on imports of panels made by Suntech, Trina Solar, and most other Chinese producers.[read more]

Chinese Adviser's Carbon Cap Remarks: Promising But Overblown?

June 5, 2014 by Christina Nunez
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A top Chinese climate adviser signaled on Tuesday that the country planned to set a new cap on carbon emissions by the end of the decade, which would be the first such effort from the country that is currently the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases.[read more]

Emissions Markets with Chinese Characteristics, or how Transparency is Key

May 28, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

Markets and Transparency

China’s highly anticipated pilot carbon markets are up and running, with the notable exception of Chongqing, but already the lack of transparency, pressure from big business and government-owned enterprises, manipulation of data and over allocation of allowances are proving to be hurdles for success.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Hydro

May 27, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Consensus on Costs of Hydro

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of hydropower. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

China's Thirst for Coal is Drying Up

May 21, 2014 by Justin Guay
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China and Coal Consumption

As the 'airpocalypse' news that is coming out of China continues to grow, what we predicted more than a year ago is now increasingly more obvious - China's seemingly endless coal demand is in fact a myth, and the Chinese coal boom is over.[read more]

China Promotes Both Fuel Efficiency and Alternative-Fuel Vehicles to Curb Growing Oil Use

May 17, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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China Curbing Oil Use

Unprecedented motorization in China has led to increases in oil demand and oil imports. In response to growing oil imports, the Chinese government is adopting a broad range of policies, including improvements in the fuel economy of new vehicles and the promotion of alternative-fuel vehicles.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: China Produces and Consumes Almost as much Coal as the Rest of the World Combined

May 16, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China, Coal, and the World

Chinese production and consumption of coal increased for the 13th consecutive year in 2012. China is by far the world's largest producer and consumer of coal, accounting for 46% of global coal production and 49% of global coal consumption—almost as much as the rest of the world combined.[read more]

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America Versus China: The New Reality Of Global Energy

May 12, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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China and America and Global Energy

In 1999 the IEA predicted China's annual carbon dioxide emissions in the year 2020 would be 7,081 million tonnes. In the real world, i.e. not the one that exists in the spreadsheets of the IEA, China's carbon dioxide emissions had already reached 8,271 million tonnes by the year 2010.[read more]