Technicians check solar panels in China

China won’t save global climate protection policies

  • China has made much progress in using and supporting renewable energy
  • It did this mainly to achieve domestic political and geopolitical goals
  • Fossil fuels will continue to play a huge part in the long-term energy mix
  • China may not be able to sustain its green-energy momentum, however

China has made huge efforts to reduce the role of fossil fuels in its energy supply and invest in renewable energy sources. However, Beijing has not suddenly become altruistic or overcome with concern for the state of the global environment. Instead, it is following its national interests and advancing them with little or no heed for the long-term global good. Expect China to continue its climate protection policy “with Chinese characteristics,” making it unlikely to develop the much tougher decarbonization strategies necessary for it to hold up its end of the 2015 Paris climate agreement and keep global temperatures from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius.

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Dr. Frank Umbach
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What's inside
  • China has made much progress in using and supporting renewable energy
  • It did this mainly to achieve domestic political and geopolitical goals
  • Fossil fuels will continue to play a huge part in the long-term energy mix
  • China may not be able to sustain its green-energy momentum, however
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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