For the first time ever, China will cap its total primary energy consumption, and set targets to improve its air quality, outlined in its 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development. China also plans to cut energy and CO2 intensity by 15 per cent and 18 per cent respectively in the next five years, putting the country in a position to likely surpass its 2020 carbon intensity reduction target. This announcement comes at a time when coal use continues to decline throughout the country and renewable capacity is soaring. A recent study shows that the country is likely to meet its climate pledges quicker than expected, to protect the vulnerable from adverse climate impacts. As emissions stall and renewables surge, China is on a path that cleans up its air, cuts coal reliance and ends extreme poverty.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) March 16, 2016
- China’s new blueprint centers around green solutions while tackling pollution. China’s newly adopted Five-Year Plan officially caps total primary energy consumption to under five billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent by 2020. While there is still room for improvement, this plan sets China on track to overachieve its 2020 targets while putting the country’s clean energy sector in a position to take off.
- Accelerated action brings cleaner air and better health. As renewables are increasingly eating into coal’s energy share in China, new findings show that the nation’s coal use may have peaked, as well as its carbon emissions. Paired with a strong Five-Year Plan, accelerating ambition over the next five years could help the nation clean up its air quicker and improve public health while bringing other substantial benefits to its people.
- Climate impacts know no borders, and climate action starts at home. Just weeks before governments are expected to sign the Paris agreement in New York, February’s heat record sent another stark warning of the urgency to meet the internationally agreed limit of 2 degC. Additionally, a new report published in the Lancet shows access to fresh fruit, vegetables and many other foods could be dramatically limited due to climate change by 2050, if actions such as the Five-Year Plan aren’t taken.
- Climate battle bears early fruit as global energy emissions stall (Financial Times)
- Commentary: China embraces green growth era with “greenest” blueprint （Xinhua News)
- China’s new Five-Year Plan promises substantial benefits for ordinary people (Shanghai Daily)
- Will China boost its greenhouse gas targets? (Energy Wire)
- Research shows China’s dirtiest days could be over sooner than officials say (Economist)
- China Sets Energy Consumption Cap For First Time (Reuters)
- China’s Five Year Plan to radically tighten air pollution targets (Climate Home)
- China unveils vision of greener future in its five-year plan (New Scientist)
- China’s carbon emissions may have peaked already, says Lord Stern(the Guardian)
Tools and Resources
- NDRC: Report on the Implementation of the 2015 Plan for National Economic and Social Development and on the 2016 Draft Plan
- Blog: How China’s 13th Five Year Plan Climate and Energy Targets Accelerate its Transition to Clean Energy (NRDC)
- Report: China’s changing economy: implications for its carbon dioxide emissions (London School of Economics)
- Blog: Beautiful China 2020: Water & The 13 FYP (China Water Risk)
- Article: How China’s 13th Five-Year Plan Addresses Energy and the Environment (ChinaFile)
- Article: New data suggests coal use in China may have peaked (China Dialogue)
- PR: IEA shows CO2 emissions heading in right direction but rapid reduction is needed (Greenpeace)
- “We must work to build through tireless efforts, a Beautiful China where the sky is blue, the land is green and the water runs clear.” – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
- “We are determined to push ahead with reforms, it will revitalise economic development. We have to address real problems in sluggish coal and steel sectors.” – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
- “From now on, it will be mostly about the quality, efficiency and benefits of growth, rather than its speed.” – Pan Jianhua, an National People’s Congress deputy
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