China and climate change

How China will achieve carbon neutrality by 2060
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The latest IPCC report leaves no doubt that we must end our dependency on fossil fuels, so why is money being poured into natural gas projects in Asia?. By switching from one fossil fuel to another, we are wasting the narrow window left to transition to renewables and avoid a catastrophic rise in global temperatures.
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The crisis shows moving away from fossil fuels is as important for reducing emissions behind global warming as ensuring stable power supplies.
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The latest UN report may be bleak, but it claims that a liveable future remains possible with coordinated international effort and resolve this decade.
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A study has found that the central government’s policy framework is already suitable for facilitating a rapid curbing of coal market development, but the incentive structure for local governments and state-owned enterprises needs to be improved.
Chinese policymakers face tough decisions as recent events have shown the country will still depend on coal for some time. There is still much to do, but substantial progress in the shift to renewable energy offers hope.
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Green hydrogen is winning over sceptics and China is especially well-positioned to take advantage as the technology matures and costs drop.
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China’s annual central economic work conference has stressed how stability is also the bottom line in management of progress towards its climate-change goals of carbon peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060.
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Losing control of the House or Senate would make it harder for Biden to pass his reform agenda. Policies can still be pushed through via executive order, although this would add to uncertainty for investors and businesses.
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The move to a low-carbon society will enable China to upgrade its manufacturing and energy sectors, opening up new areas of growth. Climate action is also a diplomatic tool amid Sino-US rivalry, and could help stem the tide of deglobalisation.
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China’s emissions trading scheme is a welcome development, but its size belies its narrow scope and lack of allure for investors. It needs to cover more of China’s emissions, go beyond the electricity sector and let prices reflect the true cost of carbon.
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Energy demand is rising more quickly than the availability of renewable alternatives, emphasising the need for greater investment. The trend towards net-zero carbon will touch all parts of the economy, as shown in areas such as electric cars and ‘green steel’.
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Chinese state-owned enterprises dominate the dam construction industry and are behind some of the world’s largest mining deals. Bold action is needed to adopt clear policies that exclude harmful projects.
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