Entries Tagged as 'Environment'

Friday, March 6th, 2015

What’s China’s Plan for its Energy and Environment?

Initial reports from China’s National People’s Congress are now available. (See links below for English and Chinese versions) Some key points related to energy and environment: 2015 GDP growth target: around 7% Expand electricity price reform pilot program (i.e.from Shenzhen and west Inner Mongolia to more cities/ regions), promote agricultural water price reform, complete energy […]

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Powerful Documentary about China Smog

Former celebrity TV anchor Chai Jing, quit her job after her baby daughter was born with lung tumor, and after a year of rigorous investigation, launched this 1 hour 40 minutes documentary about China’s smog: what is smog? Where does it come from? What do we do from here? It is very powerful in many […]

Friday, September 19th, 2014

What’s China’s climate change position going into U.N. Summit and Paris COP?

Planned target: In 2020, CO2 emission per GDP reaches 40-45% reduction to 2005 level. Carbon Trade China is studying about establishing systems that control the total amount of carbon emissions, and hopes to gradually be able to control both the intensity and the quantity of carbon emissions. China wants to speed up the establishment of a […]

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Brief Comments on China’s “Clean Air Act”

China released an ambitious plan to curb air pollution recently, focusing on limiting coal, heavy industries, and highly-polluted vehicles in three triangle regions surrounding Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. New York Times and Reuters have pretty comprehensive reporting on this, and I just want to make two observations that seem to be missing.   1. Consider this: air […]

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Infrastructure Investments That Get to Carbon Neutral

Christopher Kennedy et al, “Getting to Carbon Neutral: A Review of Best Practices in Infrastructure Strategy”, Energy Efficient Cities – Assessment Tools and Benchmarking Practices, The World Bank, 2010.   The study covers 68 cases of infrastructure investments. For the ones where the capital costs and GHG emissions are both known, there is a relatively […]

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Shale Gas in China: Development and Challenges

Just finished writing a report on Shale Gas in China, in which I gave an overview of China’s shale gas exploration and development, mapped out joint China and foreign activities in this space, and analyzed some challenges issues – environmental constraints, technology and personnel shortage, pipeline access issues, land/ mineral rights management, and pricing/market mechanism. The […]

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

China: Decisive Move on Coal Power, Heavy Industries; Another Boost for PV/Clean Energy and Public Transportation

On Friday June 14th, China’s State Council established ten measures to combat air pollution and proposed ways to strengthen China’s PV industry. Here are some of my thoughts, and I did a full translation of the texts at the end of the post for your reference. 1. The set of 10 air pollution measures are […]

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

What Would China’s Carbon Tax Regime Look Like

My Twitter stream is bubbling with excitement about China’s introduction of carbon tax: Quartz, Think Progress, etc. all reported on the Xinhua report, but the larger context is missing and the key questions about the implementation are not answered.   It’s an environmental tax, not a carbon tax The first thing I want to clarify […]

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

China’s EV Outlook – Shanghai to Roll out Additional Subsidies

In September, Shanghai officials announced that it would soon establish municipal subsidies for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs): vehicle buyers can receive up to 40,000 RMB (US $6,310) in local subsidy and 60,000 RMB ($9,465) in national subsidy, and a free “green” vehicle license. The new municipal subsidies may be in place as soon as October […]

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Two Words: Carbon Tax

Mark Fulton, Managing Director and Global Head of Climate Change Investment Research at Deutsche Bank, said yesterday at Society for International Development’s workshop on climate finance: From what I see, the two biggest crises of our age are the climate crisis and the debt crisis, and in order to address both of them, two words: carbon […]