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

Posted February 4, 2016    

Next Steps for China on Paris Climate Agreement

Paris has become a symbol of hope and commitment for the future, as more than 195 countries reached a historic agreement to protect the climate from the most dangerous impacts of climate change. As my colleague Jake Schmidt explains here, this...

Posted December 15, 2015    

Seven Things You Should Know About China's Coal Consumption

China's issuance in August of its 2014 Energy Statistical Yearbook has recently garnered attention as a result of a New York Times article noting the yearbook's substantial upward revision of China's coal consumption statistics and their potential...

Posted November 17, 2015    

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

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 (see the White House Factsheet and Presidential Statement...

Posted September 28, 2015    

How China is Taking Major Steps to Control Shipping Air Pollution

In a series of announcements over the weekend and on Monday, the Chinese government took several important steps to control emissions from shipping activities, which until now have been virtually unregulated. Vessels and ports are major sources of...

Posted September 3, 2015    

How Does China's Climate Pledge Stack Up?

As mentioned in a post on Carbon Pulse, China's climate pledge will require the country to make very significant changes to its emissions trajectory - including adding non-fossil power equivalent to the entire U.S. power generating capacity by 2030...

Posted July 2, 2015    

How Capping Coal Can Help China to Peak its CO2 Emissions by 2025 and Contribute to the Fight Against Climate Change

[View from NRDC's Beijing office/Barbara Finamore]Nearly 80 percent of China's energy-related CO2emissions come from coal. That's why putting a lid on coal is the single most important step China can take to protect itself - and the rest of the...

Posted June 15, 2015    

China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim To Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables

[Tangshanpeng Wind Farm/Land Rover Our Planet]China's drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost in April when the Chinese government issued four documents on power sector reform. The documents, which were published in rapid...

Posted May 27, 2015    

China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 Billion Every Year by 2020

China's proposed national policies to curb coal use will provide enormous air quality and health benefits to the public and coal industry workers, saving 49,000 lives and $6.2 billion in 2020, according to a new study (Chinese version here) released...

Posted April 30, 2015    

China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction

Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, BeijingBeijing just announced that it will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. This welcome step, carried out as part...

Posted April 1, 2015    

Hong Kong Once Again Leading the Way in the Fight to Control Shipping Emissions

Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing. Coauthored by Freda Fung and Winslow RobertsonContribution of marine emissions to the total emission profile of Hong Kong, 2012 data/The Prevention and Control of Shipping and Port Air...

Posted March 24, 2015    

China's Coal Use and Estimated CO2 Emissions Fell in 2014

[Backyard in Datong with coal/Peter Van den Bossche]Good news! China's coal consumption fell by 2.9 percent in 2014, the first drop in 14 years, according to official Chinese energy statistics released yesterday. Glen Peters of the Global Carbon...

Posted March 2, 2015