Energy and Emissions Data

China’s NDRC issues ‘barometer’ for Regional Energy Goals

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently released a “barometer” to show regional progress toward energy conservation goals in the first half of 2011. While the 12th Five-Year Plan announced in March a goal of reducing energy intensity 16 percent by 2015, more detailed plans as to how this overall target is being allocated to provinces has yet to be released, although recent reports suggest that these details will be revealed soon.

China Issues Annual “State of the Environment Report” - Ministry Calls Situation “Very Grave”

As it has for over a decade, previously as the State Environmental Protection Administration and since 2008 as the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), China’s MEP issued its annual “State of the Environment Report” last week. In presenting the 2010 report at a press conference on Friday, June 3, Vice Minister Li Ganjie frankly stated that while some environmental indicators “kept on turning better” – mainly sulfur dioxide emissions – “the overall environmental situation is still very grave and is facing many difficulties and challenges.”

New Study Shows How China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Can Peak By 2030

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab researchers present new “bottom up” data

A group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, including ChinaFAQs Network Experts,1 has come out with a new and much more detailed projection of China’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through 2050. The result of this more intensive, “bottom up” analysis is good news for global energy security and the climate. The group’s projection suggests that Chinese energy use could actually plateau before 2050 and greenhouse emissions could peak between 2025 and 2030.

Presentation by Mark Levine: Will China Overwhelm the World with its Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

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Download Mark Levine’s presentation for EESI that shows the results of LBNL’s China Energy End-Use Model that shows projections of primary energy use, carbon emissions, and more through 2050.

Brighter Outlook Ahead?: Q&A with Mark Levine

This interview originally appeared on the China Dialogue and is reposted with permission.

New data from an American research group suggests China’s energy demand will peak by 2030. Linden Ellis asked Mark Levine, the man behind the numbers, about their implications.

ChinaFAQs: Resources for the Hu-Obama Summit

China and the U.S. at the Summit

ChinaFAQs: China’s New Emissions Inventory

Key Points

  • China is expected to release its second national inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in 2012.
  • In the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, China pledged to start reporting its emissions every two years going forward.
  • Although producing the inventory poses a significant challenge, a recent study concludes that China is developing a reporting system that should make the inventory reliable enough for outsiders to assess whether China is making progress toward meeting its Copenhagen pledge to curb emissions.
  • Both China and the United States have developed special expertise in various aspects of emissions reporting. Collaboration on this issue could bring mutual benefits and help deepen trust between the two nations.

CO2 Emissions by Sector, 2007

Report from Cancun: China Emphasizes Energy Policy Progress

As the first week of negotiations in Cancun concludes, China has been stressing its progress at home. That China takes the climate change issue seriously was the principal message at a recent Cancun event from Su Wei, the Director-General of China’s Climate Change Department under its powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and lead climate negotiator.

ChinaFAQs: Atmospheric Changes Reveal China’s Energy Trends

Key Points

  • At a measuring station near Beijing, US and Chinese scientists are collecting unique measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in air that has passed over one of China’s most industrialized, urbanized regions. This record provides an independent view of China’s efforts to improve energy efficiency.
  • Comparing CO2 levels with carbon monoxide (CO) levels serves as an independent indicator of overall trends in efficiency of fuel combustion in this critical region.
  • The record shows a pattern of improved combustion efficiency from 2005 to 2008, consistent with energy efficiency policies pursued under the 11th Five Year Plan, in particular the goal to reduce energy intensity by 20%.