Why China is at the center of our climate strategy
Investing in the nation—now—is one of the best ways to trim global emissions
Rarely a week goes by before China’s air pollution crisis is in the news again.
The unprecedented soot and smog levels are triggering a cascade of damaging health and economic effects. They’re also contributing to an equally sinister, yet under-reported problem: climate change.
To avoid a looming national public health crisis and an imminent danger to the world’s climate, China must act soon.
China’s enormous carbon footprint
- 1/2 of the world’s coal supply is burned by China each year.
- Over 20%of the world’s climate pollution originates in China.
Fortunately, China is beginning to get serious about clean energy investments—and it has the ability to reform policies and bring about change on a scale that other countries can only dream of doing, via its next 5-year plan, which starts in 2016.
Will the government give climate change the attention it needs?
EDF is making every effort to to sustain that focus.
EDF’s long history with China
Over the past two decades, EDF Vice President Dan Dudek and his team have helped China establish a variety of market-based incentives to trim emissions, and increase enforcement of environmental laws.
These projects are part of the reason Dudek, an expert on cap-and-trade markets, earned a coveted spot on China’s highest international advisory body on the environment, which reports directly to the Premier every year.
Successes we’ve helped with
- 21%emissions drop that Shenzhen’s carbon market will likely lead to by end of 2015.*
- 28,000environmental officers that will complete training by the end of 2015.
- 1 milliontons of greenhouse gases verifiably reduced via low-carbon farming.
*per unit of GDP
An urgent opportunity
The nation is still rapidly transitioning from rural to urban. In 15 years, about 250 million more people will likely move to cities, and use twice as much energy than in the countryside.
The government has asked for our input on new environmental policies and programs in their next five-year plan. We’re ready to help with many projects, including:
- Launching and linking more carbon markets, including a potential nationwide system
- Expanding renewable energy
- Strengthening environmental enforcement
- Improving environmental regulation of natural gas development
- Trimming energy waste in many sectors
If we seize this moment, we can help shape the outcome.Dan Dudek Vice President, EDF
By welcoming the expertise of EDF, China is proving that it’s ready to tackle climate change.
Your support keeps our staff of experts on the ground in China, working closely with environmental leaders and policy makers to implement smart market incentives to fight air pollution and climate change.
Chart and statistics source: EDF data, and EDF analysis of International Energy Agency, U.S. Energy Information Administration and EPA data