How does China’s climate pledge stack up?

By Alliance President, Barbara Finamore. Via NRDC Switchboard Blog

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. When you compare China’s growth trajectory against that of developed countries, how does it compare?

Li Junfeng, Director General of the National Center of Climate Change Strategy Research and Deputy Director of the Energy Research Institute at China’s National Development and Reform Commission, has provided a helpful comparison of China’s climate pledge and that of leading developed countries. He concludes that China is making significant contributions comparable to that of developed countries, based on a number of indicators we’ll discuss below.

Comparing peak years, China’s emissions would peak at a much lower GDP per capita than that of developed countries

China committed to peak its emission by 2030, when its GDP per capita will be at about $10,000 in 2005 dollars. The United States peaked when its GDP per capita was at about $40,000. The EU peaked when its GDP per capita was at about $20,000. While some other developed countries still haven’t peaked at $50,000.

Comparing the peak value per capita, China has a lower emissions per capita

Based on current projections, China’s emissions per capita when it peaks will be no more than 10 tons GHG per capita. The U.S. peaked at 19.5 tons GHG per capita, while Germany peaked at 14.1 tons GHG per capita and the UK peaked at 11.3 tons GHG per capita.

Peak GHG Emissions Per Capita

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Vice Premier Wang on Growth of Energy Efficiency Opportunities in China

“To tackle climate change is both a challenge and an opportunity. In industrial emission reduction, energy efficiency in buildings, and the development of clean energy and also the restoration and protection of the ecological environment, there are so many business opportunities. In the past four years, the environmental industry in China, the output of the industry grew by 15 percent year-on-year average. And last year, the industrial output reached 700 billion U.S. dollars.”

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U.S. Energy Secretary praises U.S.-China clean energy cooperation

U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, recently praised the U.S.-China cooperation on clean energy as “one of the most successful international collaborations.”

The two countries are in the implementation phase of an expanded clean energy research center, Moniz told a press briefing of the 2015 Energy Conference held by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

“It will be the first five-year of collaboration. We think this has been really one of the most successful international collaborations,” said Moniz.

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5 ways energy efficiency is changing the world

shutterstock_208248292_news_featured1. It’s making energy smarter 

The power generation industry is the world’s largest energy consumer, and some fuel sources and technologies can be extremely inefficient. A plant’s electrical system can consume between seven and 15 per cent of all the energy it produces, taking away from its revenues and profitability.

However, software and hardware interventions can make these power plants more energy efficient and improve their overall performance.

ABB has been manufacturing motors and generators used in power plants for more than three decades, and has the systems and expertise to ensure that these fixtures operate optimally.

For example, the firm’s Symphony Plus system – a combination of software, electrical devices and communication networks – helps industries reduce power consumption through better monitoring and control. Power and water plants maximise their efficiency by automating the various complex processes that take place within each facility.

In Singapore, the Senoko Power Station in 2013 commissioned the installation of the Symphony Plus System, a move that the Senoko power plant’s head of instrumentation and control, Lim Leong Chuan, said would enable plant workers to spot any inefficiencies or malfunctions and correct them quickly.

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Interview: China playing “important, constructive” role in combating climate change: IEA chief economist


China’s energy label

In a recent interview with the Executive Director-elect of the International Energy Agency (IEA),  Fatih Birol  praises China’s efforts in transforming its energy mix by investing huge money in renewable energies projects and improving energy efficiency.

“China’s leadership in terms of energy efficiency is very important. China does play an important role, and will continue to do so,” he highlighted, noting a slowdown of coal use growth in China. “I hope this trend will continue without hard hit to economic growth.”

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