China stands firm on unconditional climate funding ahead of Cancun talks and other China environmental news
Posted November 26, 2010 in Greening China
NRDC has been working in China for fifteen years on such issues as climate, energy efficiency, green buildings, clean energy, governance and law, health, and green supply chain issues. This China Environmental News Alert is a weekly compilation of news from around the world on China and the environment.
November 20, 2010- November 26, 2010
China and the Cancun climate negotiations
China stands firm on unconditional climate funding ahead of Cancun talks
International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (November 22, 2010)
China has issued a resolute statement that it will not accept any agreement on climate financing if it acts as an obstacle to China’s ability to prioritize domestic policy, also stating that any semblance of emissions transparency conditions would not be acceptable. There is still a strong emphasis placed on the role that developed nations must play in cutting emissions and providing assistance to developing countries.
China hopes to expand positive outcomes at Cancun
Xinhua (November 25, 2010)
Vice Premier Li Keqiang announced China’s intentions to “promote international cooperation” to achieve positive results in the upcoming Cancun climate change conference. He stressed China’s desire to continue to increase the importing and development of advanced green technologies, believing that shared market opportunities serves a means for cooperative efforts.
China says compromise needed at Cancun
Washington Post (November 23, 2010)
The Chinese climate change negotiation envoy has stressed the need for international agreement on financing and technology transfers to help developing nations reduce emissions. Officials have said an agreement would be crucial to winning the support of developing nations for binding levels on carbon emission reductions to follow the soon to expire Kyoto Protocol.
China admits it is the world's biggest polluter
AFP (November 25, 2010)
For the first time ever, China has publically acknowledged its role as the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter. Speaking at a special briefing prior to the Cancun climate conference, China’s top climate change official Xie Zhenhua formally stated the fact as almost a conciliatory measure. Chinese climate change negotiators are hoping that the United States will “play a leadership role and drive the entire process”, while maintaining that developed countries take the lead in curbing emissions.
Other China environmental news
China hits efficiency and pollution targets
Business Green (November 24, 2010)
According to recently issued official figures, China has achieved its goal of a 20% reduction of energy intensity and a 10% reduction in major pollutant emissions against 2005 levels. Most attribute the success of reaching the targets to the government’s strong hand in influencing industries to comply with meeting objectives. There is still much work to be done, however, as officials have already begun planning for the next series of reductions to be announced in the upcoming Five Year Plan.
World Bank gives China measured praise on green energy
Wall Street Journal (November 23, 2010)
A recent report issued by the World Bank commended China’s progress in meeting renewable energy targets, but qualified the commendations with suggestions of its own. The report advised China to focus on expanding hydropower alternatives, improving interprovincial trade of technologies, and promoting better electricity schemes. The World Bank has shown reservations towards the current state of the Chinese wind industry, concerned with the various development inefficiencies currently facing the market.
China to get tougher in energy saving, emission reduction
CriEnglish (November 25, 2010)
Officials have announced that China will pursue more legal, technical, and fiscal measures for increased progress in energy saving and emission reduction over the next five years. For example, it will begin making energy saving compulsory for industry, instead of voluntary. The enforcement of strict evaluation systems and laws will be crucial to the success of the effort. This all comes months before the new 12th Five Year Plan is to be unveiled.
UN panel to review Chinese CO2 offset request
Reuters (November 19, 2010)
A UN panel has been assembled to investigate a Chinese HFC-23 destruction project after allegations were made of project developers gaming the system. The panel has currently suspended all projects while it carries out its investigation. The project in question was seeking 3.49 million CER from its plant in Jiangsu Province.
China likely to introduce environmental tax in 12th Five Year Plan
People’s Daily Online (November 23, 2010)
China’s NDRC has announced the possibility of introducing an environment tax in the upcoming 12th Five Year Plan. This correlates with the government’s desire to utilize more financial tools to meet the objectives of reducing emissions and energy intensity. Pilot carbon emissions trading programs are currently being run in a number of large cities, including Shanghai and Beijing.
'Green Expo' in Beijing to urge further clean industry development
China Briefing (November 23, 2010)
Twelve Chinese government organizations will be hosting a four day clean energy conference in Beijing, with over 212 industrial representatives and 25 countries on display. The expo will focus on new renewable energy technologies and the development of the future of the industry. There is great interest amongst technology manufacturers and producers, as China has currently invested over RMB200 billion in industries and RMB2 trillion in social investment over the past five years.
Nuclear boom to light up China
Global Times (November 25, 2010)
Plans have been announced to build four nuclear power plants in Henan Province, with the building of other plants being considered in the near future. By the end of September, China had an installed nuclear capacity of 9,190 MW, with over 27,000 MW in construction. The National Energy Administration estimates nuclear capacity to reach between 70,000-80,000 MW by 2020.
China reiterates equal treatment for foreign, domestic firms in developing nation's green economy
Xinhua (November 22, 2010)
A senior official from the Ministry of commerce has insisted that both foreign and domestically funded firms will receive fair and equal treatment in China’s growing green economy. Despite recent concerns otherwise, China insists that its bidding process will remain both fair and transparent, keeping line with the mutually beneficial opening-up policy China has undertaken.
(CENA prepared by Phillip Yang)
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