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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]

A "Great Reversal" in China? Coal Continues to Decline with Enforcement of Environmental Laws

August 31, 2015 by Hao Tan

China Coal Reversal

Two stories dominate China’s energy trajectory right now. The first is that reports from three agencies all point to the continuing decline in use of coal in the first half of 2015, continuing a trajectory already notable in 2014. The other side of this story is the determination to enforce pollution regulation.[read more]

China's Provinces Learn How to Reduce Emissions with Trading

July 10, 2015 by Michael Tubman

As many U.S. states and localities start to think about ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the proposed Clean Power Plan, it’s eye-opening to see how Chinese provinces are taking many of the same first steps on a provincial level.[read more]

China's new 2030 Climate Target Will Contribute to a Lower and Earlier Emissions Peak

July 6, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

China and Future Planning

China formally submitted its climate pledge for the post-2020 period in preparation for the new international climate agreement. These details were announced as part of the US-China climate agreement last November, but China has now added a carbon intensity reduction target to its 2030 goals.[read more]

How Does China's Climate Pledge Stack Up?

July 2, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China and Climate Action

China's climate pledge will require the country to make very significant changes to its emissions trajectory - including adding non-fossil power equivalent to the entire U.S. power generating capacity by 2030. When you compare China's growth trajectory against that of developed countries, how does it compare?[read more]

Clinton (well, Gore) Went to Kyoto. Obama Went to Beijing

November 20, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer

Obama and International Climate Deals


Last week, United States President Obama and China's Premier Xi stood together announcing a deal on emissions reductions between these two great nations. The fact that such a bilateral agreement is possible and sealed with a handshake is a big deal.[read more]

Historic US-China Climate Deal Is a Sign of Clean Energy's Growing Political Strength

November 13, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

President Obama was supposed to be focusing on trade during his trip to Asia this week. No one expected him to pull off a landmark climate deal. After nine months of talks, the White House announced that the U.S. and China had agreed to historic joint targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

China, Climate, and Coal: The UN Climate Summit

September 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China, Coal, and Fuels

During Tuesday’s United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, China stopped short of making any post-2020 commitments at the Summit, though Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli announced that China will work to peak its total CO2 emissions as soon as possible.[read more]

China Plans a Nationwide Carbon Market

September 22, 2014 by Henry Auer

China and the Carbon Market

China recently confirmed its eventual plan to place the entire nation under a carbon market (i.e., a cap-and-trade regime) in order to lower its annual rate of emitting carbon dioxide (CO2), the highly important and damaging greenhouse gas, beginning in 2016.[read more]

Chinese Adviser's Carbon Cap Remarks: Promising But Overblown?

June 5, 2014 by Christina Nunez

A top Chinese climate adviser signaled on Tuesday that the country planned to set a new cap on carbon emissions by the end of the decade, which would be the first such effort from the country that is currently the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases.[read more]

Carbon Trading in China: Short-Term Experience, Long-Term Wisdom

April 14, 2014 by Lucas Bifera

China Carbon Trading

Last week, Hubei Province became the sixth jurisdiction in China to launch a pilot carbon emissions trading program, joining Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, and Guangdong Province. In the coming months, two additional programs will be introduced in Chongqing and Qingdao.[read more]

China's Coal to Gas Plans: Old Wine in New Bottles

January 23, 2014 by Justin Guay

China and Natural Gas

The Chinese coal industry has a plan to solve the nations air pollution crisis -- consume more coal. Last week the Chinese chief energy planning agency, the National Energy Administration concluded its annual work session with a plan for for a whopping 50 billion m³ coal-to-gas output target for 2020.[read more]


China's Per Capita CO2 Emissions Are Now Greater Than Europe's

January 22, 2014 by Robert Wilson

China Per Capita Emissions

Last year China's per capita carbon dioxide emissions almost certainly overtook the European Union's, most likely for the first time in history, and, if current trends continue, by the end of the decade they will actually far exceed them.[read more]