China to cap energy use in national low-carbon plan


Limit is expected to form cornerstone of five-year plan to curb surging greenhouse gas emissions

A cap on energy consumption is expected to be at the heart of a Chinese low-carbon plan to be issued this year, experts believe, amid reports that officials have now agreed its level.

China is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, making up a quarter of the global total. Experts say setting an energy limit would add certainty to the country’s attempts to rein in emissions and should make it easier for emissions trading schemes to get off the ground.

The cap has been anticipated for some time but is now thought likely to emerge in the low-carbon plan understood to have been broadly approved by a panel set up by the state council, China’s cabinet, and chaired by the premier, Wen Jiabao. It should be formally passed later this year.

More … http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/aug/04/china-cap-energy-plan

Why is China doing more to protect the environment and curb CO2 emissions than Canada? The doubt mongers here had better find a different “whipping boy”. How about far-right extremists?

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2 Responses to China to cap energy use in national low-carbon plan

  1. David Wilson says:

    what we think about China seems to be dominated by … what to call it? … false preconceptions? … in a related (in my mind at least) Guardian article, a young woman, Jayati Ghosh, turns another myth on it’s head as she analyses a recent FAO report – the story is here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/aug/02/global-demand-for-food

    first thing I saw today was your post – I think this must be what’s called ‘getting off on the right foot’ – it’s been a while 🙂

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