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EU steps up solar panels trade battle with China

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union launched an investigation on Thursday into alleged state subsidies for Chinese solar panel manufacturers, intensifying the conflict over the multi-billion dollar...
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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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China will halt construction of coal-fired power plants in 15 regions

The National Energy Administration (NEA), China's energy regulator, has decided to stop the construction of coal-fired power plants in fifteen regions,....
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What a great news for environment and clean air!!
What will hapen to all these project, investors and companies ?
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China's pollution problem gets hairy with 'nose-tache' to filter smog

Quirky video shows a population of ‘pollution survivors’ who have adapted by growing luxuriant nose hair
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Hilarous short Chinese video on air pollution. :)

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Beijing to raise threshold for issuing air pollution 'red alerts'

Beijing to raise threshold for issuing air pollution 'red alerts' | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Beijing is to raise the thresholds for issuing its highest air pollution warnings, the state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday, two months after acrid smog triggered the city's first ever "red alerts".
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Is China moving faster than developed countries on air pollution fight ?

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Study: China’s new policies will lower CO2 emissions faster, without preventing economic growth

Study: China’s new policies will lower CO2 emissions faster, without preventing economic growth | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Can China’s environmental reforms really lower carbon emissions without killing growth? A new study says yes.
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Nice study from former Tsinghua colleagues.

The developed CGE model in this project is one of the best defined for China. 

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 10, 4:55 AM

Here is a hopeful plan from China that will  improve China and this offers a shared benefit as the plan will also improve the well being of the global environment..

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China sets wind power record

China sets wind power record | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China’s wind power capacity hit a record high in 2015 with the government launching new initiatives to boost renewable energy
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Good News: China's Dropping Coal Consumption Is Putting the Brakes on Global Carbon Emissions | Barbara Finamore's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Good News: China's Dropping Coal Consumption Is Putting the Brakes on Global Carbon Emissions | Barbara Finamore's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
New analysis finds that China holds the key to achieving the 2 degree Celsius global climate goal reaffirmed by 195 countries last month in Paris. According to research by Barclays Bank, China accounts for 33-40 percent of the carbon emissions...
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Well written article with detailed analysis of drivers and domestic policies on coal consumption.

Economic slowdown is clearly not the major reason of the structural change that China is making these years. But all actions engaged for this structural transition may suffer of possible stronger economic slowdown in the following year before that the transition move becomes robust enough.

 

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Coal Is No Longer King in China

Coal Is No Longer King in China | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
New data suggests China has tipped past peak coal.
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China case:

slow down of GDP growth -> Energy consumtpion -> coal consumption

And also

slow down of coal consumtpion -> energy consumption -> GDP growth

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False emissions reporting undermines China's pollution fight

False emissions reporting undermines China's pollution fight | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
BEIJING - Widespread misreporting of harmful gas emissions by Chinese electricity firms is threatening the country's attempts to rein in pollution, with government policies aimed at generating cleaner power struggling to halt the practice.Coal-fired power accounts for three-quarters of China's total generation capacity and is a major source of the toxic smog that shrouded much of the country's north last month, prompting "red alerts" in dozens of cities, including the capital Beijing.
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France (CITEPA) and China (CRAES) are collaborating on integrated GHG and pollutant inventory development. Measure, Verification and Reporting is the core of the cooperation. 

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Beijing plans to beat smog by 2030 - China.org.cn

Beijing plans to beat smog by 2030 - China.org.cn | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Beijing is drafting a long-term plan to improve air quality to the clean level by around 2030, the municipal environmental watchdog said on Monday.
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"In 2015, the capital saw 186 days with air quality that was better than the national safety standard, 14 days more than the number in 2014"


WOW, How many days in a year ?

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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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China plans tiered discounting system for carrying over pilot CO2 units into national ETS -official | Carbon Pulse

Carbon allowances from China’s pilot emission markets that are brought into the national ETS will be given a value depending on the degree of over-allocation
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Will China take the lead on Carbon Market design innovation !
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China sets cap for energy consumption for first time

China sets cap for energy consumption for first time | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China aims to keep energy consumption within 5 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent by 2020, it said in its five-year plan published on Saturday, marking the first time the world's second-biggest economy has set such a target.
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Finally what has been discussed for years passed in the 13th FYP. 
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Internat Energy Solutions (IES)'s curator insight, March 7, 5:31 AM
Finally what has been discussed for years passed in the 13th FYP. 
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Trade in China’s pilot carbon markets grew by 87% in 2015 -report | Carbon Pulse

Trading volumes on China’s seven emissions exchanges increased by 86.5% last year, but the financial value of the transactions rose by just 50% due to falling
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Interesting report on China Carbon Market Status:

China Carbon Market Research Report 2016

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Pollution will kill five million people

Pollution will kill five million people | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
About 5.5 million people around the world die prematurely every year from breathing polluted air, and the majority of those deaths are occurring in China and India, where factories and coal-fired power plants are fueling economic growth, according to a report released Friday. - Darryl Fears, Philadelphia Inquirer
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China’s environmental service sector to benefit from big government spending

China’s environmental service sector to benefit from big government spending | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

China’s environmental service sector will benefit from rising government spending to tackle worsening pollution problems, analysts say.

China’s environmental expenditure rose 3 per cent year on year to 112 billion yuan in December, compared with 1 per cent growth in overall expenditures, the latest official statistics showed.

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China to ban CO2 auditors from carbon trading in new rules

China will ban firms responsible for auditing carbon dioxide emissions and offset projects from trading on a national carbon market due to be launched in 2017, according to new government guidelines aimed at increasing the credibility of the verifiers.
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What a good will for a better carbon market.

Auditors should be third parties: independant from governments and from ETS covered entities. 

Moreover, they should not be allowed to participate to the carbon market for interest conflict issues.

Hope this Chinese gvt decision will be applied.

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China to ban CO2 auditors from carbon trading in new rules

China will ban firms responsible for auditing carbon dioxide emissions and offset projects from trading on a national carbon market due to be launched in 2017, according to new government guidelines aimed at increasing the credibility of the verifiers.
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China’s CO2 emissions fell 3% in 2015 -Greenpeace | Carbon Pulse

China’s latest economic data for 2015 imply that China’s CO2 emissions from fossil fuel consumption fell around 3% last year, an amount equal to Poland’s total
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Since Chinese emissions strongly rely on coal consumption, the double effect of recent coal consumption reduction with improvement of new install coal plants won't supprise me to have a direct impact on Chinese CO2 emissions. 

The remaining question is how much and of course how reliable Chinese statistics are today (better or worse than before) ?

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China's 2015 energy mix beats targets

China's 2015 energy mix beats targets | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Read China's 2015 energy mix beats targets and other wind energy news & analysis on Windpower Monthly
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Go clean energies Go !

China is still planning an annual growth of energy consumption about 3% over the 13th FYP (2016-2020). 

What about the GDP ?

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