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China and India Drive Recent Changes in World Coal Trade

November 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal and Imports

Global trade of coal grew from 2008 to 2013, but in 2014, it declined for the first time in 21 years. China and India accounted for 98% of the increase in world coal trade from 2008 to 2013, but declines in China's import demand have led to declines in total world coal trade in 2014 and in 2015 as well.[read more]

United States and China Advance Policies to Limit CO2 Emissions

November 25, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

US and China Emissions Policies

Late last year, China and the United States each announced intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to mitigate their respective greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but there is still uncertainty in each country's ability to meet those targets.[read more]

The Revision of China's Energy and Coal Consumption Data: A Preliminary Analysis

November 24, 2015 by Hao Tan

China and Energy Consumption

On November 3rd, the New York Times carried a front page report that China has revised its estimates of how much coal it has been burning, and concluding that its carbon emissions have been higher than had been previously reported and assumed.[read more]

Seven Things You Should Know About China's Coal Consumption

November 17, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China's issuance in August of its 2014 Energy Statistical Yearbook has recently garnered attention due to the yearbook's substantial upward revision of China's coal consumption statistics and their potential implications for China's GHG emissions and the December Paris climate negotiations.[read more]

Increased Recycling May Reduce Metals Sector Energy Use in China

November 6, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Metals Recycling

China produces more steel and aluminum than any other country. Secondary production, or producing metal from recycled scrap metal, is the primary opportunity to reduce the country's energy intensity for both of these industries, because secondary production uses significantly less energy.[read more]

Chinese Policies Aim to Increase Energy Efficiency in Buildings

November 5, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Building Efficiency

From 1998 to 2012, the energy consumption of buildings in China grew by about 7.7% per year, much faster than China's average annual population increase, which was less than 1% per year. This growth was driven by growing incomes and modernization that significantly increased the use of electricity.[read more]

Beyond China, Other Southeast Asian Countries Plan for Significant Hydroelectric Additions

November 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Asia and Hydro Power

China's long-terms and substantial development of hydroelectric power, including the largest power plant in the world at Three Gorges Dam, has overshadowed the relatively large hydroelectric expansion plans of other Southeast Asia countries.[read more]

Shale Gas Development in China Aided by Government Investment and Decreasing Well Cost

October 1, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Shale Gas

Although reliance on natural gas imports has increased in the Chinese energy market, future shale gas production in China would help to meet natural gas demand as the country faces difficulties in developing other natural gas resources, including coalbed methane.[read more]

Building a Global Climate Agreement that Will Work: Country Action by All Major Emitters

September 30, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Global Cimate Emissions and Reductions

Almost 20 years ago opponents to climate action ran advertising campaigns throughout the US with the tagline "it's not global and it won't work". This framing still seems to pop up from policymakers and companies that want to deny the need for climate action.[read more]

China and US Commit to Strengthened Domestic and International Climate Actions

September 29, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Last November, as part of the joint announcement at the APEC meeting in Beijing, China and the US agreed to new targets to cut their carbon pollution. This year the two countries are focusing on implementation of these goals, formalizing more actions to domestically reduce emissions.[read more]

China Commits to Significant New Climate Actions in U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change

September 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama announced new and strengthened actions by both countries domestically and working together as part of a joint presidential statement on climate change. These commitments build on their historic November 2014 joint announcement.[read more]

Coal Use in China is Slowing

September 18, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal Use in China

Economic deceleration, industry restructuring, and new energy and environmental policies have slowed the growth of coal consumption in China and are also driving more centralized and cleaner uses of coal. Energy-based consumption of coal grew only 1% to 2% in 2012 and 2013 and was flat in 2014.[read more]

Recent Statistical Revisions Suggest Higher Historical Coal Consumption in China

September 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Actual Coal Consumption

New preliminary data from the China Statistical Abstract 2015 (CSA2015) show an upward revision to China's historical coal consumption and production. Energy-content-based coal consumption from 2000 to 2013 is up to 14% higher than previously reported, while coal production is up to 7% higher.[read more]

U.S., China Climate Leaders Summit Drives Subnational Partnerships and Local Implementation

September 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Partnerships and Implementation

Chinese and American leaders met in Los Angeles to engage partners on addressing climate change. Nine collaborative documents were signed during the summit by U.S. and Chinese cities and provinces, and between various business and academic players of the two countries.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Today Means More Access to Energy Tomorrow

September 11, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

Energy Efficiency and Access

2015 has brought countries across the globe record-breaking temperatures. In addition to leading to wildfires, droughts, and thousands of premature deaths, it also has brought increasing demand for electricity to run air conditioning, leading to disruptive blackouts and reduced energy for other uses.[read more]