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Green buses, blue skies? - Globaltimes.cn

On October 26, Beijing was stricken by a third day of extremely heavy pollution within a month. The particulate matter (PM) density in the city reached over 250 micrograms per cubic meter, nearly three times the maximum amount for safe levels, according to the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center.

 

The egregious smog reduced visibility at the Beijing Capital International Airport to 300 meters at around 9 am October 27, and a total of 31 flights were canceled between October 26 and the following morning, according to reports from Xinhua and State television CCTV. The foul air hit most of North China, leading to expressway congestions and closures, the news reports said......

 

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China floats split with EU over carbon trading | Climate Home - climate change news

China floats split with EU over carbon trading | Climate Home - climate change news | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: Government official tells Climate Home that carbon trading is "big challenge" for China: "We would like to use a different kind of economic instrument"
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Incredible ! I always thought that Carbon Tax would work better than Market in China :). However, Carbon Market won on the political agenda for the 12th and 13th FYP. Carbon Tax was always laid behind. It is clear that the solution in China is a mix of both.
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Xinhua Insight: Tightened supervision intensifies China's pollution fight - Xinhua | English.news.cn

BEIJING , Feb . 19 ( Xinhua ) - - Air quality in northern China improved Sunday thanks to a cold front .There is no let-up for local authorities , however , as the top environmental watchdog has launched a new round of air quality inspections .We can never slack off - - not even a bit , said Chen Run'er, governor of the central province of Henan . ( Xinhua reporters Liu Baosen , Li Kun , Gong Zhihong and Ni Yuanjin contributed to the story ).
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Beijing bans higher emission vehicles from road- China.org.cn

Beijing bans higher emission vehicles from road- China.org.cn | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Beijing will ban high-emission vehicles from its urban areas starting Wednesday, authorities said Monday.
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China becomes more efficient, cleaner in energy use - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Clean energy , including hydropower , wind power and natural gas , accounted for 19.5 percent of China ' s total energy consumption last year , up from 17.9 percent in.The amount of energy used to produce a unit of gross domestic product (GDP) dropped 5% in 2016, the state-run Xinhua news agency reports

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The amount of energy used to produce a unit of GDP dropped 5% in 2016, the state-run Xinhua news agency reports
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China’s ‘war on pollution’ leads to 720 arrests, $63.6mn in fines

China’s ‘war on pollution’ leads to 720 arrests, $63.6mn in fines | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China detained 720 people and imposed fines totaling $63.6 million last year as part of its ‘war on pollution,’ according to state media. The arrests and fines took place following random inspections and public tip-offs.
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China starts building 200 MW floating nuclear reactor

China starts building 200 MW floating nuclear reactor | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Chinese state-owned nuclear group China General Nuclear Power Corp. (CGNPC) has started building its first floating nuclear reactor, the 200 MW ACPR50S reactor that will be located in the South China Sea. The reactor would supply power to offshore facilities and island reefs.....
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An advanced technology on which China could take the lead and show the way to others.
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China presses ahead with power pricing reform

China presses ahead with power pricing reform | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
The pace of reform in China’s electricity market is gathering speed after stalling for a decade, with a barrage of policy documents released in recent months that point to rising competition and further pressure on prices ami
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Years, that China wants to go ahead with power pricing reform. With the New Normal move, it is perhaps the perfect time to do it now.
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China moves toward taxation on pollutants - Xinhua | English.news.cn

The central government rendered a draft environment tax law to the top legislature for the first reading on Monday, a step closer to a national taxation on various pollutants from business activities.
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China to use carbon scheme to boost electric car numbers: draft rules – EMTV Online

China to use carbon scheme to boost electric car numbers: draft rules – EMTV Online | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China, the world’s biggest auto producer, plans to include carmakers in its planned national carbon trading scheme to encourage the manufacture of more electric vehicles, according to a draft of rules being circulated in the industry.
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Great idea. But is it only the fabrication process that is covered by the carbon scheme or will the company be responsible of the car emissions over its running lifetime :)
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Chinese utility Huadian sets out CO2 reduction target « Carbon Pulse

China Huadian Group, one of China’s five big state-owned power companies, on Monday laid out a CO2 reduction target for 2020 and said it would improve its carbon intensity while also establishing a carbon asset management division.
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Publication: Partner Country Series - China's Engagement in Global Energy Governance

Publication: Partner Country Series - China's Engagement in Global Energy Governance | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
The world’s largest energy consumer and producer as well as the top oil importer and carbon dioxide emitter, the People’s Republic of China is in the centre of the global energy landscape – and at a turning point towards a low-carbon future. There is an increasingly clear congruence of China’s domestic interests and the world’s collective interests in terms of energy security, economic development and sustainable growth.content
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Beijing's PM2.5 density down over 20% Jan.-April- China.org.cn

Beijing's PM2.5 density down over 20% Jan.-April- China.org.cn | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Air quality in Beijing has improved in the first four months of this year, with the density of a major pollutant particles down more than 20 percent year on year, local environment watchdog said on Tuesday.
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What a great beginning of the year !
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China’s Hunan province sets absolute CO2 target for 2020 | Carbon Pulse

in south-central China will limit its 2020 CO2 emissions to around 510 million tonnes, a provincial government plan said, making it one of the first provinces to set an absolute cap on CO2 emissions.

The Hunan Provincial People’s Government Office outlined the target in its low-carbon implementation plan for 2016-2020, though did not specify how the 2020 cap compared to current emission levels.
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It is great to see Provincial pro-action to fight climate change starting in China.
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Coal hit as China’s energy transition gathers pace

China is now well past its 2013 coal peak, while the utilization rate for coal-fired generators declined to 47.5% - an all time low.
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Interesting numbers. Before I left China in 2015, there were 2 kinds of energy experts: Experts that believe that coal consumption peaked in 2014 and experts that consider coal consumption will rise again. Numbers are still giving credits to the first group of expert. Which is a great news on the Chinese structural energy transition. China JiaYou!
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China to launch world's largest carbon market soon - Business - Chinadaily.com.cn

China to launch world's largest carbon market soon - Business - Chinadaily.com.cn | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
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Even if we do not expect the ETS to be perfectly functioning in 2017, the Chinese national ETS brings a reborn of the ETS worldwide.
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China to launch green certificates for renewable power in July

China will launch the trading of green certificates for solar and wind power on July 1 in a bid to help reduce government subsidies to the renewables sector, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said on Friday. In a pilot program, the NDRC said solar and wind producers would be issued
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China to quadruple new energy vehicle production by 2020: minister - Global Times

China will quadruple its new energy vehicle annual output to 2 million by 2020, a cabinet minister said.
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China Usurps United States As Global Clean Energy Leader

China Usurps United States As Global Clean Energy Leader | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China invested a record $32 billion in global renewable energy projects during 2016, and is expecting to invest at least $361 billion into its own renewable energy sector by 2020, securely placing …
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China to cap coal at 55 percent of total power output by 2020: NEA

China to cap coal at 55 percent of total power output by 2020: NEA | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China aims to cap coal-fired power capacity at 1,100 gigawatts by 2020, higher than the current ceiling but accounting for less of the country's total power supply, as the top global energy market seeks to increase the use of cleaner renewable fuels.
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China is accelerating removal of coal energy source in its power mix. What a good news! This enforce its will for ambitious clean energy developments (nuclear, wind and solar) and also gas-fired power plants.
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China, US set to release review of each other’s fossil fuel subsidies in historic move at G20 summit

China, US set to release review of each other’s fossil fuel subsidies in historic move at G20 summit | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
The cross-checking system between world’s two worst carbon polluters will be the first time Beijing has allowed another nation to review its domestic energy subsidies
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For China’s Massive Data Centers, A Push to Cut Energy and Water Use

China’s 1.37 billion people, many of them fully connected to the internet, use an enormous amount of energy as they email, search the Web, or stream video. Indeed, the Chinese government estimates that the country’s data centers alone consume more electricity than all of Hungary and Greece combined.

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Often neglected, data center could be a large source of energy consumption.
Example: In 2013, U.S. data centers consumed an estimated 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, equivalent to the annual output of 34 large (500-megawatt) coal-fired power plants.
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China's nuclear power ambitions sailing into troubled waters

China's nuclear power ambitions sailing into troubled waters | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
BEIJING (AP) — China's ambitions to become a pioneer in nuclear energy are sailing into troubled waters. Two state-owned companies plan to develop floating nuclear reactors, a technology engineer
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Floating nuclear reactors. It would be perfect in the South China Sea :). 
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Inautonews - China considers imposing congestion fees and car quotas in Beijing

Inautonews  - China considers imposing congestion fees and car quotas in Beijing | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
As the country’s capital is fighting with dangerous emissions levels and with some highly congested traffic, the authorities try to limit all these serious issues as much as possible. China’s economic boom has led to a serious spike in vehicle ownership, thus choking more of its major cities. As an […]
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Comment la Chine se prépare à l’après-charbon

Comment la Chine se prépare à l’après-charbon | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Les émissions de CO₂ en Chine devraient connaître leur pic autour de 2030... après cela, c’est un tout nouveau monde qui se dessine.
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Chinese banks face $1.26 trillion carbon risk -report | Carbon Pulse

The natural capital cost of carbon emissions associated with Chinese commercial banks’ outstanding credit to 35 sectors of the economy in 2014 totalled $1.26 trillion

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