Peaking China’s CO2 Emissions: Trends to 2030 and Mitigation Potential
AbstractChina has submitted its nationally determined contribution to peak its energy-related emissions around 2030. To understand how China might develop its economy while controlling CO2 emissions, this study surveys a number of recent modeling scenarios that project the country’s economic growth, energy mix, and associated emissions until 2050. Our analysis suggests that China’s CO2 emissions will continue to grow until 2040 or 2050 and will approximately double their 2010 level without additional policy intervention. The alternative scenario, however, suggests that peaking CO2 emissions around 2030 requires the emission growth rate to be reduced by 2% below the reference level. This step would result in a plateau in China’s emissions from 2020 to 2030. This paper also proposed a deep de-carbonization pathway for China that is consistent with China’s goal of peaking emissions by around 2030, which can best be achieved through a combination of improvements in energy and carbon intensities. Our analysis also indicated that the potential for energy intensity decline will be limited over time. Thus, the peaking will be largely dependent on the share of non-fossil fuel energy in primary energy consumption. View Full-Text
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Liu, Q.; Gu, A.; Teng, F.; Song, R.; Chen, Y. Peaking China’s CO2 Emissions: Trends to 2030 and Mitigation Potential. Energies 2017, 10, 209.
Liu Q, Gu A, Teng F, Song R, Chen Y. Peaking China’s CO2 Emissions: Trends to 2030 and Mitigation Potential. Energies. 2017; 10(2):209.Chicago/Turabian Style
Liu, Qiang; Gu, Alun; Teng, Fei; Song, Ranping; Chen, Yi. 2017. "Peaking China’s CO2 Emissions: Trends to 2030 and Mitigation Potential." Energies 10, no. 2: 209.
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