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This joint report by The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) found that buildings account for about 25 percent of China’s total energy use-as much as China’s cement, iron, and steel sectors combined.
However, the study revealed that China can cut energy use by up to 70 percent using existing green building techniques, such as installing better insulation and efficient windows, using natural lighting, and retrofitting heating and cooling system.
For the complete fact sheet, please download the pdf from http://www.greenlaw.org.cn/files/reports/FromGraytoGreen_Ch.pdf
To avoid the worst consequences of global warming, the world must limit average temperature increases to 2°C or less by reducing carbon emissions at least 50 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050. Since the publication of the IPCC’s last synthesis report, several recent studies have further found that the committed warming as of today will exceed 2°C, even if emissions were to stop completely. Achieving the urgently needed emission reductions will require efforts beyond first-resort measures such as energy efficiency, conservation, and enhancement of natural carbon sinks. Given the world’s current heavy reliance on fossil fuels, nations must pursue a wide range of carbon mitigation strategies that includes Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS). China is well-positioned to be a global leader in the development and deployment of CCS technologies that—with broad support and engagement from the international community—can be an important tool for reducing carbon emissions as the world transitions to truly clean energy technologies.
For the complete fact sheet, please download the pdf from http://www.nrdc.org/international/chinaccs/
“US president Barack Obama’s first state visit to China and his joint announcement with Chinese president Hu Jintao have renewed hopes for international climate talks, as both countries reaffirmed their commitment to a successful outcome in Copenhagen. This is a welcome development as the talks had fallen into political pessimism following the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, when APEC leaders said they would not seek a binding deal at negotiations this December in Copenhagen, but would work towards a political framework that could eventually lead to a deal.
The world needs a legally binding global deal in Copenhagen if it wants to keep the global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. What we need now is political will and a demonstration of leadership, particularly from the United States and China. The key to reaching this lies in fostering cooperation in areas like clean energy and low-carbon technology between the two countries, with an ultimate goal of setting long-term emissions reduction targets that are more concrete.”
Read the full article at: http://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/3323-Can-the-US-match-China-s-efforts-
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and China Sign Memorandum of Cooperation on Greenhouse Gas InventoriesPosted by Deborah Seligsohn on Nov 20, 2009
There is finally a story on page A12 of the Washington Post on what is probably one of the most important agreements signed during the President’s recent visit to China — an agreement for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work with China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and specifically NDRC’s Energy Research Institute (ERI) on greenhouse gas inventories.
Release date: 11/19/2009
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) have formalized a Memorandum of Cooperation to enhance capacity to address climate change. Signing the Memorandum were EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and NDRC Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua.
When you talk about actually getting into the weeds about how you manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nothing is more important or more technical than measuring those emissions. This week our organization, the World Resources Institute (WRI), hosted two stakeholder workshops to discuss new standards that WRI along with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have been developing with a global committee.
President Obama departed China today after quite a productive two days. The major accomplishments on the climate front were the series of agreements signed yesterday. While expectations for Copenhagen have been somewhat lowered – towards a “political” deal rather than completing all the work needed for the full-scale treaty – both Obama and Hu indicated they were working to get to a good deal.