Entries Tagged as 'Environment'

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 […]

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

5 Key Points in China Guodian Power Development Co. Report

China Guodian Power Development Co. released its 2011 Internal Control Assessment Report, highlighing the following “high risk areas”.  It seems to me that these points are true sector-wide in China. 1. Growth in power consumption slows down. China’s economy enters a phase of “slow development, deep adjustment”. The speed of economic growth will continue to slow […]

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Sat. April 9: China Energy & Environment Conference

Never before have we confronted the environmental and energy challenges with such urgency, and never before has U.S.-China cooperation on clean energy in both public and private sector been more crucial. This is the reason why Harvard, MIT and our friends on the West Coast serendipitously decided to hold a conference on this issue on […]