Many ask how China can control its CO2 emissions given its reliance on coal and its continued need for more energy. This briefing will look at future use scenarios and at current programs to make coal use more efficient and to develop the technology to capture and store the CO2.
Download the agenda and presentations by the panelists below.
The international climate meetings in Tianjin on October 4-9 will be a key moment for US-China relations on climate and energy. Today ChinaFAQs experts held a press call to discuss how the countries are cooperating on climate and energy issues, and the challenges and benefits involved.
GE Chair Jeff Immelt Criticizes Outdated US Energy Policy, Urges Better US Regulatory Structure and Support for Innovators to Expand Clean Energy
The U.S. energy regulatory system is “a relic of the 1860s”, according to Jeff Immelt, Chairman of GE, one of the World’s largest manufacturers of new clean energy technology. In a conference in Washington, DC last week, he urged the U.S. government to take positive action in the United States to support clean technology. Yes, said Immelt, China is a competitor, but not just China. Countries such as Canada and Australia also “have much simpler regulatory structures for energy and are moving more quickly.”
- In 2004, China adopted its first nation-wide fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles. They are considered to be the world’s third toughest, behind Japan’s and Europe’s.
- The standards – which called for average auto efficiency to improve by 15% by 2010 over 2003 levels – have produced significant gains, even though Chinese cars have become heavier, more powerful, and are more often equipped with automatic transmissions and pollution-control devices that can reduce efficiency.
- China has since expanded the standards to cover light-duty trucks, and is eyeing further measures to improve the fuel economy of its motor vehicles.
The biggest energy-related news out of China this week has involved transport – the mega-traffic jam in Inner Mongolia, leading to Beijing. After more than ten days, extra police did manage to redirect traffic and clear the jam. While this story has played mainly as a global human interest story with many suggesting visions of futuristic nightmares, the actual causes, well outlined in Shai Oster’s Wall Street Journal blog are far more complex than just the number of vehicles on the road.
ChinaFAQs Expert Ed Steinfeld on China’s Technological Development and the West in the Wall Street Journal
ChinaFAQs Expert and Director of the MIT China Program Ed Steinfeld recently discussed his new book “Playing Our Game: Why China’s economic rise doesn’t threaten the West” in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
The big news this week is that China is removing outdated equipment from another 2000 plants, and they are moving quite rapidly – the equipment is to be phased out by the end of September. These closures are part of the tougher measures Premier Wen Jiabao announced in April. While some have expressed skepticism about this move, because equipment rather than whole factories are being phased out, in fact, this looks to be a positive move. While China has made significant efficiency advances by closing whole factories, there is a limit to how many such highly inefficient factories actually exist. As the very oldest, least efficient have been phased out, more sophisticated policies that pinpoint problematic equipment are needed.