Posts Tagged ‘pollution’

CTP Podcast – China’s Environmental Future

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

environment1In a wide ranging discussion, we hit on a number of points in this podcast.

Looking across key topics of industrial pollution, energy production, and material consumption, Michael finds reasons to be optimistic because of the recent impact of certain environmental policies and a new generation of concerned citizens.

Eric counters with some hard-nosed reality regarding the barriers presented by China’s regulatory system and framework.  This led to a disucssion about the relationship Chinese citizens have with nature and how collective will can manifest in a society where the right to organize is not clear cut – to say the least.

Have a listen and tell us if you think we’re off base with our ranging commentary and how you see China’s environmental future.

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Energy Consumption of Chinese Households

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

energy1The China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently concluded that the positive impact of recent conservation policies will be negated by the modernization of the Chinese household.

I find it interesting that we commonly talk about the problem of Chinese materialism (often without looking at our own), but the real issue appears to stem from comfort:  water and space heating consumed 59% of residential energy use in 2000.

Excerpt from summary:

“Chinese residential energy consumption will more than double by 2020, from 6.6 EJ in 2000 to 15.9 EJ in 2020. This increase will be driven primarily by urbanization, in combination with increases in living standards. In the urban and higher income Chinese households of the future, most major appliances will be common, and heated and cooled areas will grow on average. These shifts will offset the relatively modest efficiency gains expected according to current government plans and policies already in place.”

The report goes on to call for even more aggressive conservation strategies, which may be adopted, but as vast as this topic is, it is only part of China’s energy picture.  Overall, I remain optimistic that China’s nuclear energy, wind power, solar cell, and electric automobile innovation will keep constrain problematic emission growth.

Here is an illuminating graph of historical emissions from a presentation by one of the report authors, Mark Levine:


Download the full text of China’s residential energy consumption assessment.

Energy & Environment in China

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

This Thursday’s podcast will present points of view on China’s prospects for a clean and green future. There are many points of view on this topic, and we will cover these, but also attempt to do so in a manner backed-up by facts.

In this NY Times article, Jad Mouawad, reports on new data that show how clean energy efforts may impact broadly assumed trends about China’s future emissions.

Wind turbines in Xinjiang, China. An analysis by the International Energy Agency showed that China could slow the growth of its emissions at a much faster pace than is commonly assumed because of its huge investment in wind and nuclear energy.