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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, 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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EU urges China to roll out carbon trading nationwide ahead of 2020 target

EU urges China to roll out carbon trading nationwide ahead of 2020 target | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Top European climate official says a carbon cap would not expose Beijing to greater pressure to agree to a new international climate treaty
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The europaid program on support for capacity building and design of national and pilots ETS in China is starting in good timeline with Chinese actions on carbon markets. Now 6 of the 7 ETS pilots are running and lack of capacity is huge to implement them well. 

And recently the central government reannounced the importance of the national ETS scheme that is expected to start by 2020 and even before. 

This EU support will clearly bring to China at different levels the knowledge needed to avoid EU-ETS mistakes and to better implement this policy tool to the Chinese situation to increase it efficiency.

 

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China opens first environmental court

China opens first environmental court | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - China opened its first environmental court on Friday, state media reported, as the country looks for new ways to tackle crippling air, water and soil pollution.The court established
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After the adoption of the revision of the Chinese environmental protection law last month, it is a nice step further to open the first environmental court. Hope all provinces will do the same as Fujian to be ready to fully work next year when the environmental protection law revision will enter in force.

 

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Chinese city erects giant dome over stinky former factory | Reuters

Chinese city erects giant dome over stinky former factory | Reuters | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese company in the eastern city of Hangzhou has constructed a massive inflatable dome over the site of a closed down pesticide factory, state media reported on Wednesday.While
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 "the environment ministry estimated that roughly 16 percent of China's soil contained higher-than-permitted levels". If you consider the all China's soil with deserts, unrichable mountains, unpopulated areas (tibet, xinjiang). I think the number will rise to more than 50% and probably much more than that.

To put a dome over polluter is a funny and nice idea. China should also do that on the entire closed and RUNNING polluting factories.

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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, 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, 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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Infographic: Waste, Poor Planning Blunt China’s Wind Energy Ambitions | New Security Beat

Infographic: Waste, Poor Planning Blunt China’s Wind Energy Ambitions | New Security Beat | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

China leads the world in installed wind power by a wide margin, but last year, when it came to actual generation, China produced 20 percent less electricity from wind than the United States.................

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Low grid connectivity and curtailment in China for alternative energy is an important issue. Recently, the government realized that huge amount of power is lost and strengthen the state grid companies to faster improve the alternative energy access to the grid.

Let see how fast this will be put in place. On the nice graphic, we can see the fast drop of curtailment rate to 11%.

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China increases environmental investment for people's health right: report

BEIJING, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Funds used for China's environmental protection is being increased, a measure of the country to safeguard people's right to a healthy and clean environment, a report said on Monday.
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This article has been written by Xinhua News Agency. Announced numbers have to be taken carefully.

 

"338.3 billion yuan in 2013 for conserving energy and protecting the environment, seeing a 14.2 percent year-on-year growth".

This is a good thing that China invest more on these issues. Efficiency of the investment is not garanty and way public investment is used should be improved.

 

"ammonia nitrogen, sulfur dioxide and NOx-decreased by 2.93 percent, 3.14 percent, 3.48 percent and 4.72 percent, respectively, compared with 2012."

Strange that all these pollutants are decreasing, an evolution over a longer timeline might be more interesting to look at.

 

"1.83 million law-enforcement personnel were sent to inspect 710,000 enterprises in 2013".

I did not know that China could mobilize this amount of law-enforcement personnel. Knowing that Chinese law-enforcement is lacking in capacity. It would have been probably better to write 1.83 million army personnel or administrative personnel.

 

"people's courts at all levels accepted and heard 134 environmental cases".

Thousands of complains have not been accepted and heard. And it is still the case.

 

To finish, China is increasing investment on environmental issue. Every society levels are actively working on it and many plans and policy designs have been published to deal with local pollution and addressing climate change. These strong efforts are good and hope it will durate over the years.

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China looks to expand emissions trading - Shanghai Metals Market

China looks to expand emissions trading - Shanghai Metals Market | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

ceAs part of the Enerdata China energy report we focus on the carbon trading pilot schemes currently implemented in China. China looks to expand emissions trading

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Nice overview of the Chinese climate policy situation today using market-based mechnanisms like carbon market and carbon tax.

Of course the national schemes will probably be in phase with the UNFCCC process.

I am agree with the author on the first part of the conclusion : "But to empower its Paris negotiating position China first has to prove its own emissions reduction integrity, "

But disagree about the last part : "and key to this are the pilot trading schemes, both operational and planned."

I personnaly think, that the key to this are to show strong will in long term economy and energy transformation with implementation of ambitious climate and energy policies. The pilot trading schemes are only one of many tools to help to achieve emission reductions.

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