How Henry Paulson Plans to Improve U.S.-China Ties


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From Fortune Magazine 

“China officially approves a high number of plans for green residential and commercial buildings, but builders seldom follow through because of lax enforcement. And Western manufacturers like Dow have better energy-efficiency technology than their Chinese counterparts. If they collaborate, Paulson reasons, U.S. companies will get better access to projects across China, while Chinese builders can get the innovative materials they need to meet strict government energy mandates.”

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Seven Things You Should Know About China’s Coal Consumption

By Alliance President, Barbara Finamore


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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 implications for China’s GHG emissions and the December Paris climate negotiations. These statistics provide additional data on China’s coal consumption, building on previous summary releases from the National Statistics Bureau in February and June publications. The increase in China’s national coal consumption figures means that the global climate challenge is greater than we believed. Yet so is the opportunity to get this right – for the people of China, and for the entire world. China isn’t hiding from this. On the contrary, China is working hard to improve its ability to monitor coal use and carbon pollution so that it can develop stronger policies to address them. That’s exactly where these new figures come from.

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China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks


The Haizhou coal mine in Fuxin, in northeastern China, was shut down at the end of 2014. Chinese leaders want the country’s emissions to stop growing by 2030. Credit Xiao Lu Chu/Getty Images

The New York Times recently reported on China’s coal industry saying that China has been burning up to 17 percent more coal a year than the government previously disclosed, according to newly released data.

“Even for a country of China’s size, the scale of the correction is immense. The sharp upward revision in official figures means that China has released much more carbon dioxide — almost a billion more tons a year according to initial calculations — than previously estimated.”

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China Explores Demand Response as a Cost-Effective Climate Strategy

By Barbara Finamore (from her NRDC blog)

China is exploring a number of innovative methods for reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, including managing increasing power consumption through the use of demand response. As we explained in our [NRDC] new report, Assessment of Demand Response Market Potential and Benefits in Shanghai:

“The electricity systems in China are changing. The need for large-scale integration of intermittent renewables and penetration of electric vehicles, as implied by the low-carbon energy transition, poses challenges to system operation and network management…”

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China tries to recast itself as a global leader in climate-change fight

The Washington Post quoted Alliance President, Barbara Finamore, today in an article highlighting climate change cooperation between China and France:

“Barbara Finamore of the Natural Resources Defense Council was more enthusiastic, arguing the statement [between China and France] “underscores the increasingly constructive role” that China is playing in the battle against climate change. “Among other things, the world’s largest emitter has committed to a substantial increase of its public investments in low-carbon technology research, development and demonstration,” she wrote in an e-mail. “This sends a positive signal to other countries and helps to build momentum for an ambitious climate agreement in Paris.”

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