Author(s): Hallding, K.; Olsson, M.
Type: Policy brief
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China was, together with the U.S., the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases in 2005. A majority of these emissions are fossil fuel related. China is very carbon intensive by international standards - without drastic improvement in Chinese carbon intensity, it will not be possible to keep global temperature rise within 2 °C.
China’s greenhouse challenge
Current Chinese climate policies are driven by energy security, aiming to reduce energy intensity by 20% by 2010. If met, this unarguably represents the largest policy driven reduction of CO2 emissions worldwide.
As low-carbon development pathways become increasingly mainstreamed the choice is either for China to change or be left behind.
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