. Energy News .

Emissions rising from 'carbonizing dragon'
by Staff Writers
Beijing (UPI) Oct 6, 2011

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

China's greenhouse gas emissions are expected to rise higher than expected, even though the country is on course to meet or even surpass pledges made at the Cancun, Mexico, climate summit last year, a new study indicates.

Due to a faster-than-anticipated economic growth rate -- which Beijing said is expected to exceed 9 percent growth this year -- China's overall emissions are projected to be about 1 gigaton more in 2020 than previously calculated, claims the Climate Action Tracker report.

The report by Ecofys, Climate Analytics and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research was released at the United Nations-led climate talks this week in Panama, the final meeting before the Durban summit next month.

China has been successful in rapidly reducing its energy intensity and in introducing renewable energy and other non?fossil energy sources, the report said, noting that China's energy consumption per gross domestic product had decreased by more than 19 percent from 2006-10, just less than the government's target of 20 percent.

Under its latest five-year plan, Beijing is aiming for a further reduction of energy per gross domestic product of 16 percent from 2011-15. China also plans to increase the share of non?fossil fuels in primary energy consumption from 8.3 percent in 2010 to 11.4 percent in 2015.

"It is becoming so much clearer that while China has achieved a lot, it still has a way to go as its GDP continues to rise fast," said Niklas Hohne of Ecofys.

A separate study, "Carbonizing Dragon: China's fast growing CO2 emissions revisited," published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology says that the construction of buildings, power plants and infrastructure in China to accommodate its booming economy is leading to a rise in carbon emissions.

Researchers determined that China's emissions nearly tripled from 1992-2007, increasing about 4 billion tons, with 70 percent of that growth occurring from 2002-07.

"The recent rise in emissions is completely due to the massive structural change of China's economy," said the study's lead author Jan Minx from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Technical University of Berlin.

When calculated at the point of consumption, cement accounts for 46 percent of the country's emissions and iron and steel 20 percent in total.

"Emissions grow faster and faster, because CO2 intensive sectors linked to the building of infrastructure have become more and more dominant," Minx said. "China has developed into a 'carbonizing dragon'."

Related Links

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries


. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Japan takes steps to revise energy plan
Tokyo (UPI) Oct 5, 2011
The Japanese government has formed an energy panel to revise the country's energy policy. The panel, created under the energy advisory committee of the Industry Ministry "will probe a road Japan will take over the next 100 or 200 years," said Japan's new Trade Minister Yukio Edano said Tuesday during the group's first meeting. Under Japan's previous energy plan, prior to the Fuku ... read more

Emissions rising from 'carbonizing dragon'

Japan takes steps to revise energy plan

IMF, World Bank eye carbon tax on airline, ship fuels

U.S. Defense aims for clean energy

Iraq forms special committee to chase lost oil funds

Hanoi expects 'frank' S. China Sea talks

Uruguay set to become major gas exporter

Iraq battles to expand its oil exports

Natural Power deploys first dual-mode ZephIR wind lidar in India

New energy in search for future wind

Investment blows into India's wind sector

Spain's Gamesa signs deal with Chinese firm

PV Module Revenues to Decline in 2011 and 2012

BrightSource Energy Delivers World's Largest Solar-to-Steam Facility

Inman Solar Completes Two Solar Roof Installations

High-Efficiency Cells Set for Rapid Growth

Bulgaria files counter claim against Atomstroyexport

New nuclear power plant site in western Finland: company

Ukraine begins construction of new nuclear waste storage

Nuclear power essential to cut emissions: UK expert

Certain biofuel mandates unlikely to be met by 2022

US unlikely to hit Renewable Fuel Standard for cellulosic biofuels

Advancing next gen biofuels by turning up the heat on biomass pretreatment processes

From compost to sustainable fuels as heat loving fungi sequenced

Takeoff For Tiangong

Snafu as China space launch set to US patriotic song

Civilians given chance to reach for the stars

Tiangong-1 Forms Cornerstone Of China's Space Odyssey

Cloud hangs over climate finance

Pope urges 'concrete aid' for African famine victims

Second Pacific island declares drought emergency

Planet 'far away' on climate goals: study


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2011 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement