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Insight: Great expectations fill Greenland as China eyes riches

Insight: Great expectations fill Greenland as China eyes riches | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
NUUK (Reuters) - By a remote fjord where icebergs float in silence and hunters stalk reindeer, plans are being drawn up for a huge iron ore mine that would lift Greenland's population by four percent at...
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China creates first hydrogen-powered tram, only emission is water – The Korea Times

China creates first hydrogen-powered tram, only emission is water – The Korea Times | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

Its current design allows for more than 60 miles of travel while going almost 45 miles per hour on just one tank of hydrogen. Additionally, each tram can carry up to 380 passengers at once.

 

“The average distance of tramcar lines in China is about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), which means one refill for our tram is enough for three round trips,” Liang Jianying, chief engineer of the Sifang Company, told the Xinhua news agency.

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Good news ! Moreover than a clean tram technology; it means that China will develop tram transport in its cities.

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China’s Coal Cap Policy Will Increase Country’s Clean Energy Jobs

China’s national policies to control coal consumption can lead to greater and better employment opportunities in China’s power sector and related industries, according to a new study released today by the China Coal Cap Project, a joint initiative of academic, governmental and non-profit researchers. The study analyzes the overall employment benefits of establishing a national coal cap policy starting in China’s 13th Five Year Plan, which begins next year.
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Coal consumption cap for 13th FYP is generally announced at every events. I consider it now as a more than probable target for the next FYP. Thanks to the work of project like China Coal Cap Project leading by NRDC.

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China Spends to Extinguish Funeral Pollution

China Spends to Extinguish Funeral Pollution | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
While pollution in China is typically associated with coal-fired power plants or the country’s ever-expanding fleet of exhaust-belching automobiles, state media attributes at least some of the smog to another source: the burning of dead bodies.
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What a funny joke. With all these numbers, did the report estimate the pollution share responsability from  burning of dead bodies in China ???

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Top Beijing Scientist: China Faces 'Huge Impact' From Climate Change

Top Beijing Scientist: China Faces 'Huge Impact' From Climate Change | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
The head of the country's meteorological administration says it faces climate disasters and ecological degradation resulting from a warming planet.
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What we have to keep in mind is that:

- Agriculture sector impacts climate change

- Climate Change impacts agriculture sector

Agriculture and widely land-use are then very important sector to work on.

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China announces massive boost in solar energy target to help fight pollution

China announces massive boost in solar energy target to help fight pollution | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China will expand plans to ease its air pollution problems this year by installing green energy projects that add almost 2½ times as much solar capacity as the United States added last year....
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Good for solar sector (mainly PV). China will manage by huge public subsidies to reduce the overproduction by developping the domestic market.

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Blog: China's greenhouse gas data is dubious at best

Blog: China's greenhouse gas data is dubious at best | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

With the Paris climate talks scheduled for later this year, one can expect a broad spectrum of dubious environmental and economic statistics being placed in the mainstream media during the coming months in an attempt to sway public and political opinion toward binding international greenhouse gas reductions.

Despite China being the world's largest GHG emitter, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change database contains negligible data on China's emissions since 1990.


Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/03/chinas_greenhouse_gas_data_is_dubious_at_best.html#ixzz3UbiBuUAU
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If China could manage a reduction in coal consumption, it would be awesome. However, its economic growth will be seriously impacted since coal energy capacity is still increasing and represents around 70% of its energy mix. China will probably manage a smooth transition to cleaner energy keeping a good economic growth without getting the population upset too much by pollution and climate change. Hard exercice to come, much harder than the challenge facing by developed countries.

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China Introduces 70% Solar Subsidy For The Poor

Disadvantaged energy users in China could receive a subsidy of as high as 70% for the installation of solar power facilities.

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has just released its General Outline for the Solar Power Disadvantaged Support Implementation Plan (Trial) (光伏扶贫实施方案编制大纲(试行))  which envisages a raft of policy measures for expediting the deployment of solar power in disadvantaged
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This is a great news for clean energy promotion in China. Hope, we could do the same in EU.

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China Premier: To Cut Energy Intensity by More Than 3.1% in 2015

By Chuin-Wei Yap and Rose Yu BEIJING--China set a goal of reducing its energy intensity by more than 3.1% for 2015, Premier Li Keqiang said in a repor
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"China exceeded its 3.9% target in 2014 for cutting its energy intensity, hitting 4.8%"

So 3.1% for 2015 is much lower of what has been achieved in 2014. Why ? Because it is not necessary to do more to achieve 12th 5-year plan energy intensity target.

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China orders two local governments to punish polluting steel mills

SHANGHAI, March 2 (Reuters) - China's environmental ministryhas ordered local governments in two key steel-producing citiesto take tougher action against polluters from the sector as partof efforts
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The new environmental protection law in force since january 1st 2015 is much better than the previous one:

"China put a new environment law into effect at the start of 2015, and can now impose unlimited fines and even prison sentences on officials who fail to conform with new standards."

 

 

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China to Strengthen Enforcement of New Environmental Laws

China to Strengthen Enforcement of New Environmental Laws | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

China's new minister of environmental protection is vowing to strengthen enforcement of the country's environmental laws.

 

Chen Jining has made the suggestion during his first news conference since taking over in his new position.

 

"In the past, environmental laws have been enforced leniently by some departments. Failing to abide by the law has become normal. But laws can't be broken. Both companies and governments need to observe the law, which shouldn't be viewed as a difficult requirement. If they can't abide by the laws, then how can we count on them protecting the environment? Right now, our new environmental laws provide many opportunities. But a lot of things still need to be done."

Cyril Cassisa's insight:

The positive and constructive behavior of the new MEP minister is a good sign for Chinese environmental protection. Moreover the Chinese recent documentary released on Chinese social media last saturday has affected millions of people.

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Official data confirms Chinese coal use fell in 2014 | Carbon Brief

Official data confirms Chinese coal use fell in 2014 | Carbon Brief | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Against an overall increase in Chinese energy use of 2.2 per cent, coal was the only major energy source to see falling demand during 2014, with a 2.9 per cent drop. At the same time, the Chinese economy grew by 7.4 per cent, showing it is decreasing its energy intensity.
Cyril Cassisa's insight:

Rapid growth in low-carbon power but coal yearly installed capacity remains dominant. Reduction of coal consumption will have an impact on 2014 Chinese CO2 emissions. But keep in mind, that this reduction could also be related to the warm 2014 winter compare to 2013. We probably should do weather correction like it is done for other countries to see the weather influence. Wait and see, Chinese emissions are for sure going to increase in the future, it might also be the case of coal consumption in the following year to get to its real consumption pick. 

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Power shift: China to boost clean energy investment

Power shift: China to boost clean energy investment | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
China increases its investment in clean energy as it aims to meet environmental goals while answering the demand for more electricity
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China Outlines Plans for its Carbon Trading Markets - Publications - News & Knowledge - Reed Smith

The Climate Department of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently published an article entitled “Regarding the Fundamental Conditions and Operational Thinking Behind the Promotion and Establishment of the National Carbon Emissions Rights Trading Market” (National Market Plan).1 This is significant as it addresses some basic questions that many observers have been asking about China’s anticipated national carbon trading market, and lays out a roadmap of how China plans to develop this market over the coming years. At this moment, much remains to be done in terms of liquidity and efficiency for this market to achieve its real potential.

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INVESTMENT: Half-trillion-dollar green bond market, led by China, looks for a regulator

INVESTMENT: Half-trillion-dollar green bond market, led by China, looks for a regulator | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
The global pool of issued green bonds, which are designed to fund environmentally friendly projects, tripled from $12 billion in 2013 to a little more than $36 billion last year.
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China is on the move to greener transition.

But isn't it funny how finance is now leading everything in the world.

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China Focus: Chinese court accepts first lawsuit from environmental organization | Shanghai Daily

INAN, March 25 (Xinhua) -- A commonwealth organization has demanded an industrial polluter in Shandong province receive hefty penalties when filing the country's first environmental lawsuit under a new law that came into effect on Jan.1.

 

On Wednesday, the Intermediate People's Court in Dezhou City, east China's Shandong Province, confirmed it accepted the lawsuit lodged by the All-China Environment Federation. In it, the federation demands 30 million yuan (4.8 million U.S. dollars) compensation for damages from air pollution discharged by the Zhenhua Co. Ltd., an affiliated branch of Dezhou Jinghua Group.

 

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Things are moving in China. Polluters be aware of your practice now.

Hope these changing tendancy will keep on on the green directions.

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China's greening of its financial market reform

China's greening of its financial market reform

 

Much has been said about the state of China's natural environment. At least $5 trillion, or about 50 percent of the country's annual GDP, is needed to repair the damage done over recent decades.

 

Some 20 percent of agricultural land is toxic to human health. Up to 1 million people die prematurely each year as a result of air pollution, with lung cancer rates increasing by almost 500 percent in the past three decades. Those concerned with climate change know that nothing can be fixed unless pollution is dramatically reduced, and those focused on international developments understand the importance of greening China's rapidly growing outward investment.

 

 

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China is looking seriously on green finance.

Thanks to this project between IISD and DRC with the association of UNEP, China will engage faster and better to this direction.

China used to move fast in all direction. I personnaly beleave that if other countries don't go on green finance, China won't wait.

When you see what they achieve on renewable technologies, what it would look for other green fields !!!

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China Cuts Its Energy Efficiency Goal

China Cuts Its Energy Efficiency Goal | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Conservation target 20 percent lower than 2014.
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China achieved a good energy intensity reduction in 2014 and overpass the expected target. To get to the 12th FYP target, less reduction needs to been done now. This just explain the lower target for 2015. Of course, this lower target will also release pressure to local governments for achieving their economic growth target. 

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How much is pollution costing China's economy? | Asia | DW.DE | 18.03.2015

How much is pollution costing China's economy? | Asia | DW.DE | 18.03.2015 | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Pollution issues took center stage at China's recent National People's Congress, with Beijing pledging to come to grips with the problem. But how is this affecting the economy? DW speaks to the ADB's Qingfeng Zhang.
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Agree for the need of environmental tax when we see the today's Chinese situation. Hope it will be mentioned in the 13 FYP.

 

- "early 60 percent of the country's underground water is polluted"

- "The estimated total resource and environmental costs amounted to 13.5 percent of GDP in 2005 considering air and water pollution, but also of resource consumption and ecological degradation"

- "air pollution contributed to 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010"

- "it is unlikely that truly comprehensive improvements in ambient environmental quality will be achieved until 2030."

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The Greening of China's Black Electric Power System? Insights from 2014 Data | The Asia-Pacific Journal

The Greening of China's Black Electric Power System? Insights from 2014 Data | The Asia-Pacific Journal | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

While China’s energy system is still largely a “black” system depending on fossil fuel inputs, the electric power system is greening at the margins. We demonstrate, using 2014 data on additions to China’s electric power system, that the system is greening– with powerful implications for the future of the country’s energy profile. We utilize three lines of argument: first, utilizing data for electric energy generated, where we show that China actually generated less energy from thermal sources in 2014 than in 2013, while increasing generation from water, wind and solar; second, examining capacity additions, we show that new capacity in water, wind and solar (WWS) exceeded new capacity for thermal; and third, in terms of investment. We argue that such data rebut claims made that China is getting blacker while its greening efforts remain small and insubstantial, or that China will become dependent on nuclear power rather than hydro, wind and solar as it cleans its energy system...........................................

 

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Very interesting article on China power sector in 2014. However, we have to keep in mind that thermal power capacity is still increasing every year !!! But at a lower growth rate and has been overpass by RE yearly capacity growth rate recently. But what China is really needed today, is to reduce its thermal power capacity and power generation on a regular long term trajectory.

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China's environment is caught in a steel trap

China’s steel companies are refusing to die. Until Beijing pulls the life-support to these zombie firms, the country’s environment will continue to suffer.
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Yes difficult decision to take for the government.

Close heavy polluted firms -> huge amount of job loss

Financially supported the firms -> keep jobs and give time for a transition.

Becareful, if no transition is realized. End of the story will be bad.

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"If you want to understand why it is so hard to tackle the pollution problem in China, you need to look no further than the country’s steel industry. It is by far the largest producer and consumer in the world. The production capacity of just one province – Hebei -- is larger than the combined output of Japan and South Korea. In 2014, Hebei produced 185 million tonnes of steel. "

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China’s environment ministry collects 7.2 million yuan fines this year

Paltry sum signals weakness in the country’s environmental protection and enforcement regime.
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Some collected in 2 months this year. With the new environmental protection in force since 1st january, let wait the end of the year and compare the fines collected in 2015 with 2014.

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China's Surprise Viral Hit: An Environmental Documentary

China's Surprise Viral Hit: An Environmental Documentary | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
A film criticizing Beijing's pollution record has logged millions of views, and the government now appears to be acknowledging its failures in that department.
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Very good documentary made by Chinese to Chinese. Seen millions of time on social media, this documentary increases clearly awarness of common people here. Hope English subtitle will be soon available to diffuse this initiative abroad (please let me know if there are already some)

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Nuclear power: The future or the past?

Nuclear power: The future or the past? | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it

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In fact, according to Dr Jonathan Cobb at the World Nuclear Association (WNA), there are 70 nuclear reactors under construction, "the highest number in 25 years".

 

There are a further 500 proposed plants - far more than are operating in the world today.

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Nuclear power will be part of our power energy sources for long.

Good for climate, bad for other kind of pollutions and risks.

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How I know China is serious about climate action

How I know China is serious about climate action | China environment (climate policy) | Scoop.it
Take it from someone who’s been there since 1991: China is using market incentives and the political will to cut emissions is there.
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China Outlines Plans for its Carbon Trading Markets - Publications - News & Knowledge - Reed Smith

The Climate Department of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently published an article entitled “Regarding the Fundamental Conditions and Operational Thinking Behind the Promotion and Establishment of the National Carbon Emissions Rights Trading Market” (National Market Plan).1 This is significant as it addresses some basic questions that many observers have been asking about China’s anticipated national carbon trading market, and lays out a roadmap of how China plans to develop this market over the coming years. At this moment, much remains to be done in terms of liquidity and efficiency for this market to achieve its real potential.

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