An Analysis of China's Carbon Dioxide Mitigation Target
2014 (English)In: Sustainable Development, ISSN 0968-0802, E-ISSN 1099-1719, Vol. 22, no 2, 113-121 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The Chinese government has announced a national mitigation target towards sustainable development of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per unit GDP (CO2/GDP) by 40-45% by 2020 compared with the 2005 level. This paper analyses China's CO2 strategic mitigation target and suggests possible ways to reduce CO2/GDP. The mitigation target of reducing CO2 intensity in terms of GDP is ambitious and would greatly reduce CO2 emissions compared with business as usual (BAU) in China. However, it would not prevent an increase in absolute CO2 emissions and therefore a more ambitious target, e.g. a larger reduction goal for CO2/GDP, is still needed. Promoting energy structure by more ambitious economic instruments to increase the proportion of renewable energy and replace coal consumption with oil and gas, and improving energy efficiency by applied advanced technologies, are both necessary measures. Special attention should be given to improving technologies in the manufacturing sector owing to its high energy consumption and low energy use efficiency.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Vol. 22, no 2, 113-121 p.
Carbon dioxide emissions, China, Climate change, Energy consumption, Mitigation, Sustainable development
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-31416DOI: 10.1002/sd.535ISI: 000334505000004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84898770373OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-31416DiVA: diva2:404000
QC 201405232011-08-122011-03-142014-05-23Bibliographically approved