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China says coal addiction makes climate change fight hard

October 29, 2008

China warned Wednesday its heavy dependence on coal to fuel its fast-growing economy made it difficult to control greenhouse gas emissions, but said fighting global warming remained imperative.

by Robert J. Saiget, AFP

Releasing a policy paper on climate change, the Chinese government acknowledged the deep impact global warming had already made on the world’s most populous nation — and warned of much worse to come.

Cyclists passes through thick pollution from a factory in Yutian, ... 
Cyclists passes through thick pollution from a factory in Yutian, 2006. China warned its heavy dependence on coal to fuel its fast-growing economy made it difficult to control greenhouse gas emissions, but said fighting global warming remained imperative.(AFP/File/Peter Parks)

“Extreme climate phenomena, such as high temperatures, heavy precipitation and severe droughts, have increased in frequency and intensity,” the so-called “White Paper” said.

If not alleviated, these phenomena will increase natural disasters, reduce grain yields and impact livestock raising, hampering the nation’s efforts to feed its 1.3 billion people, it said.

According to the paper, China experienced 21 warm winters from 1986 to 2007, the latter being the warmest 12 months since detailed records began in 1951.

But coal, the cheapest and most plentiful source of fuel in China, will remain the nation’s major energy source.

“(The) coal-dominated energy mix cannot be substantially changed in the near future, thus making the control of greenhouse gas emissions rather difficult,” the paper said.

China is dependent on coal for about two thirds of its energy use, which has caused it to rise quickly in recent years as a major emitter of greenhouse gases.

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China: Despite Pledge of Clean Energy, Coal is Number One Source

December 26, 2007

BEIJING (AFP) – China reiterated Wednesday its long-term dependence on coal for energy, but pledged to step up efforts to burn the fuel more cleanly to reduce its impact on global warming.

In its first white paper on energy, the Chinese government also vowed to develop sustainable energy industries, and said its booming demand for fuel would not pose a threat to world energy security.

“China did not, does not and will not pose any threat to the world’s energy security,” said the non-binding position paper issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet.

Amid global concerns that future Chinese demand for resources could lead to supply and price pressures, the nation said….
A cyclist riding past a coal-fired smokestsack chimney, emitting ... 

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China vows to develop clean energies

 BEIJING – China promised Wednesday to develop renewable energy for its fast-growing economy but warned that coal consumption will grow dramatically and avoided embracing binding limits on its greenhouse gas emissions.


In a report on its energy plans, the government announced no new initiatives but said it wants to curb reliance on oil and gas to drive an economy that is the world’s second-biggest energy consumer after the United States.

“China gives top priority to developing renewable energy,” said the 44-page report released by the Cabinet’s press office.

The report said Beijing will promote hydroelectric, nuclear, solar and wind energy, as well natural gas extracted from garbage dumps and coal mines

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Beijing’s Environmental Plan Cites Need for Enforcement

November 27, 2007

By Maureen Fan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, November 27, 2007

BEIJING, Nov. 26 — The Chinese government released a long-delayed environmental protection plan Monday that promises added efforts to tackle the country’s increasingly foul air and water and for the first time emphasizes a need to reduce greenhouse gases, officials said.

The 11th Five-Year Plan to protect the environment, for 2005 to 2010, also pledges to make polluters pay for cleanup. The plan left unclear whether the government will force local officials and businesses to abide by its terms.

“This time, it’s stated clearly which areas should be taken care of by the government, and which areas are the responsibility of enterprises,” said Liu Youbin, a spokesman for the State Environmental Protection Administration. Compared with the previous five-year plan, this document “makes its goals clearer and simpler.”

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China wants to freeze emissions at 2005 levels: Wen

November 21, 2007

SINGAPORE (AFP) – China will seek to increase cooperation with Asian nations on climate change and will try to freeze its key pollution emissions at 2005 levels, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said Wednesday.

Wen said he would propose an international climate change forum in China next year to improve the region’s ability to address global warming.
A man pedals a cart filled with coal briquettes in
western China’s Shaanxi province.

“China in the next five years will be determined to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent (per unit of GDP) to reduce carbon emissions and will strive to keep carbon emissions at 2005 levels,” Wen told journalists.

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