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Ecological progress incorporated into China's overall development plan - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Ecological progress incorporated into China's overall development plan - Xinhua | English.news.cn | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

BEIJING, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) has given ecological progress a more prominent position by incorporating it into the country's overall development plan together with economic, political, cultural and social progress.

 

In his report to the 18th CPC National Congress on Thursday, Hu Jintao said, "We must fully implement the overall plan for promoting economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological progress, ensure coordinated progress in all areas of endeavors in the modernization drive."

 

At the 17th CPC National Congress in 2007, Hu advocated ecological progress for the first time in his keynote report.

 

At the opening of the 18th CPC National Congress on Thursday, Hu stressed that promoting ecological progress is a long-term task of vital importance to the people's wellbeing and China's future......

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China 2014 coal output seen down 2.5 pct, first drop in a decade

BEIJING, Jan 29 (Reuters) - China's coal production isestimated to have fallen 2.5 percent in 2014, the first annualdrop in more than a decade, hit by a war on pollution andgovernment efforts to tackle
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Marc Meynardi's curator insight, January 30, 3:21 AM

Great news, meanwhile the economy deacrease is probably a part of it.

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China cuts energy intensity by 4.8 pct in 2014

China cuts energy intensity by 4.8 pct in 2014 | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
BEIJING, Jan 20 (Reuters) - China beat a key energyefficiency target in 2014, cutting its energy intensity by 4.8percent from a year earlier, the State Council said on Tuesday,as it tries to reduce
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China releases ground rules for carbon trading | Energy & Oil | Reuters

BEIJING, Dec 15 (Reuters) - China's top economic planning
agency has released basic rules for a nationwide emissions
trading scheme, expected to be launched in 2016.
The regulations published by the National
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Beijing Raises Smog Alert as Pollution Envelops North China

Beijing Raises Smog Alert as Pollution Envelops North China | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

Beijing raised its air pollution alert toorange, the second-highest level, triggering limits on some industrial production as smog enveloped northernChina for a second day.

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Are we in Orange alert or Red alert ?

Viewing the outside atmosphere of Beijing these days.

I can say that it is all white and cannot see more than 300 to 400m far.

Is it a strategy to announced the yellow then orange level and not the red one that implies much higher and difficult actions to implement.

Like that it will need more than 5 to 6 days of heavy pollution and it will for sure increase the chance to have some wind or rain to clean the sky.

Good strategy, isn't it ?

 

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Carbon emission data not the whole story

The release of figures this week that show China's carbon emissions have outstripped those of the European Union and the United States combined has caught the global eye, but it may also be misleading.
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Funny article. 

Then let set carbon boarder tax.

In this way consumer will pay for their import and China will produce less and enjoy a much lower economic growth.

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Beijing approves 2020 climate goals|Environment|News|WantChinaTimes.com

Beijing approves 2020 climate goals|Environment|News|WantChinaTimes.com | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

The Chinese central government on Friday approved a plan that maps out major climate change goals to be met by 2020.

The State Council, China's cabinet, gave a green light to the plan, which was proposed by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's economic planner. A statement released on the State Council's website urged the NDRC to carry out the plan.

 

China has pledged to reduce its carbon emission intensity, namely emissions per unit of GDP, by 40%-45% by 2020 from the 2005 level. It will also aim to bring the proportion of non-fossil fuels to about 15% of its total primary energy consumption.

 

Other targets include increasing forest coverage by 40 million hectares within the next five years.

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Reductions achieved this year in 2014 are very good. Effort has to continue. Experts said, China will be able to achieve it 2020 targets. Will China increase their ambitions or play the same game as EU saying we will overpassed them without enhance the ambition on targets ?

 

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Nicolas Nath's curator insight, September 22, 2014 3:22 AM

it seems the Chinese government is really taking the questions of air pollution, resource depletion and climate change very seriously.  There are many reduction targets and pledges, the question is, how will these reductions be measured and verified?  IES is working in collaboration with the city of Wuhan to develop a methodology to quantify both direct and indirect emissions.  This is a very exciting and challenging project, as we approach the climate talks in Paris next year!  A sino-french cooperation on climate change quantification methodologies is a great first step!   Lets hope that data will be transparent and accessible to all in the coming years!  

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China's carbon market 2.0: A hybrid approach with common but differentiated responsibilities? | Greenpeace UK

China's carbon market 2.0: A hybrid approach with common but differentiated responsibilities? | Greenpeace UK | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
How might a nationwide Chinese emissions trading scheme work? Energy and climate expert Li Shuo reports from Beijing
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China's carbon emission down by 5 per cent

China's carbon emission has declined by 5 per cent this year, the largest progress in recent years, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday.
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It is certainly not a 5% absolute CO2 emission reduction this year but more probably a 5% intensity CO2 emission reduction per GDP. But even that intensity reduction is a good sign for the future.
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China's energy transition: effects on global climate and sustainable development

China's energy transition:  effects on global climate and sustainable development | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
The following is a lecture presented by Ross Garnaut on August 25 2014 at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne. China took the world by surprise with its sustained, rapid…
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"China accounted for 21 percent of the increase in world primary energy demand from 1990-2000, and for 52 percent from 2000 to 2011. China accounted for 86 percent of the total world increase in consumption of coal from 1990 to 2011 (International Energy Agency 2013)."

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China to increase dependence on natural gas

China to increase dependence on natural gas | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Natural gas currently serves a small but increasing portion of China’s total energy demand, according to the EIA.
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In the aim to reduce the coal share in the Chinese's energy mix, the target on natural gas share in the mix will increase strongly its dependency on natural gas importations which rises energy security concern.

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China's carbon plans: secrecy and oversupply darken outlook | Reuters

BEIJING, Aug 18 (Reuters) - As China lays down plans for anational carbon trading scheme, the world's biggest emitter ofgreenhouse gases risks repeating mistakes made in carbon tradingin Europe by flooding
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En Chine, des tours géantes pour dépolluer l'air et l'eau

En Chine, des tours géantes pour dépolluer l'air et l'eau | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Un cabinet d'architectes britannique a révélé le plan des tours Phœnix qu'il doit construire dans la mégalopole chinoise.
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Et puis quoi encore ?

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China’s pollution of Africa finally merits a penalty - The Boston Globe

China’s pollution of Africa finally merits a penalty - The Boston Globe | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Chad’s willingness to put some teeth into its environmental protections should reverberate through Africa and beyond.
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Africa continent of unexploited resources becomes the target of superpower states (US, Europe and China). African starts to complain about this heavy industries and non repect of rules (environment and right to development).

They will be more and more problems rising in the time, because African will logically take back or better control the way to deal with their resources and development.

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Chief of prestigious Chinese university 'to be appointed country's environment minister'

Chief of prestigious Chinese university 'to be appointed country's environment minister' | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

The head of one of the mainland's most prestigious universities is tipped to take over the country's top environmental job with Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian, reaching retirement age.

 

Tsinghua University president Chen Jining was expected to replace Zhou, initially in an acting capacity, two sources close to the university and ministry said. An official announcement could come this week. If so, Chen, 51, would also take over as the ministry's party chief.

 

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Will Tsinghua becomes an example of environmental friendly management ?

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China and US agree, time to tax CO2 pollution into submission

China and US agree, time to tax CO2 pollution into submission | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
The leaders of the United States and China are right: it is worth the effort to reduce CO2 emissions. President Obama made that commitment in November as part of a
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It is true that a carbon tax will have a faster and stronger impact on CO2 emissions reduction than the other famous market-based mechanism instrument which is Emissions Trading System.

The thing is how to get the support of the companies to implement a carbon tax ???

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China's Guangdong to set up $97 mln carbon fund -paper | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

BEIJING, Dec 12 (Reuters) - China's Guangdong will use
revenue from its carbon permit auctions to set up a 600 million
yuan ($97 mln) fund to invest in emission reduction projects and
develop the province's
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Beijing to keep the lid on air pollution for APEC - China - Chinadaily.com.cn

Beijing to keep the lid on air pollution for APEC - China - Chinadaily.com.cn | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Beijing plans to cut emissions caused by industrial production and vehicles when it hosts the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in November.
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What a good news. 

Wish Beijing to host everyday of the year important international meeting.

Are authorities considering to keep this even-odd plate circulation restriction and construction limitation after the APEC ?

This should be one of the solutions to fight air pollution.

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China to set out green energy quotas for provinces

China to set out green energy quotas for provinces | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Beijing plans to take carrot-and-stick approach in implementation to encourage the use of renewable energy by local governments
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"The National Energy Administration under the National Development and Reform Commission has proposed to demand regional governments ensure that by next year, at least 2 to 10 per cent of electricity consumption in their jurisdictions will come from non-hydro renewable energy sources - mostly from wind, solar and biomass power."

"For 2020, the proposed quotas will be raised to 5 to 13 per cent."

 

It is a good to develop RE in all provinces and in the same time to force the grid companies to develop lines and technologies to accept more and more RE in the future over the all territory.

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Foreign firms queue up to join Shenzhen carbon market

Foreign firms queue up to join Shenzhen carbon market | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
BEIJING, Sept 5 (Reuters) - The China Emissions Exchange inShenzhen has granted a trading license to Singapore-based brokerGinga Petroleum, with another eight foreign utilities andtrading firms waiting
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Interesting to see that foreign firms want to play on the Chinese ETS pilots (Shenzhen only for the moment)

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Nicolas Nath's curator insight, September 22, 2014 3:25 AM

Well, it seems  a market-based approach really does stimulate interest, even beyond borders!! 

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Chemical firm gets first loan in China using CO2 permits as collateral | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

BEIJING, Sept 9 (Reuters) - China's Industrial Bank
said on Tuesday it has lent 40 million yuan ($6.5
mln) to a chemical company using carbon permits as collateral,
showing firms are exploring new routes
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Interesting.

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Cool Roofs in China Can Save Energy and Reduce Emissions - EIN News

Cool Roofs in China Can Save Energy and Reduce Emissions - EIN News | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Cool Roofs in China Can Save Energy and Reduce Emissions. Press release distribution provided by EIN News
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China's air pollution worsens in July, highest in north

China's air pollution worsens in July, highest in north | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

The BEIJING (Reuters) - Air pollution across 74 major Chinese cities worsened in July compared to last year, according to government data released on Tuesday, showing that the government is having trouble

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The wind cannot blow all year long.

Results on air pollution need to be analyse over longer time period because of the inertia of the economic development and the implementation of new policies.

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Coal prices set to stay low on mainland China for next 12 months

Coal prices set to stay low on mainland China for next 12 months | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Mainland coal prices are expected to stay low for at least the next 12 months after a protracted slump, weighed down by weak demand, environmental constraints, domestic oversupply and rising imports....
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"S&P projects the mainland's coal demand growth to stay at low single-digit percentages before flattening by 2020.

Amid oversupply, the mainland's coal output last year grew 1.4 per cent, or by 50 million tonnes - the lowest in more than a decade, according to data from the China National Coal Association.

In this year's first half, output fell 1.8 per cent year on year. Still, net imports grew 1.5 per cent."

 

Now the objective is to strongly reduce absolute coal consumption in the Chinese energy mix.

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Finnish firm granted trading licences for Chinese emissions schemes

Finnish firm granted trading licences for Chinese emissions schemes | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Finnish carbon trading firm Greenstream has been granted licences to operate in three of the mainland's pilot emissions schemes, making it the second foreign company to gain entry to what might become the world's largest carbon market....
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It is a first step for welcoming foreign investments.

Now, the further step is to open the emission auditing market to foreign verifiers to increase the confidence into the Chinese ETS.

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lescuyer's curator insight, July 12, 2014 3:56 AM

Marché des quotas CO2 = une innovation organisationnelle majeure qui a été lancée en Europe... mais qui n'a pas fait ses preuves. Les Chinois réussiront-ils là où l'Europe a échoué ? Le prix de la tonne de carbone en Chine n'est que de 3 dollars, alors qu'en 2005, les Européens escomptaient qu'il monterait à .... 50 dollars la tonne !

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Carbon footprint from Chinese solar panels twice the size of those made in Europe

Carbon footprint from Chinese solar panels twice the size of those made in Europe | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

InteSolar panels made in China result in twice as much greenhouse gas as those produced in Europe, with lack of environmental standards blamed

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Interesting study. It needs probably to go into the report itself to see what was really taken into account. Doing Life Cycle Analysis can tell you the story would are looking at depending what is brought inside and kept outside the study.

But in a first thought, the high energy consumption to produce solar panel results of the main diference part between EU and Chinese solar panel footprint.

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