China’s Changing Economy: Implications for its Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment / by Fergus Green and Nicholas Stern (also in press with Climate Policy)

[Washington Post] …A new report… argues that a changing economic and energy landscape in China will help the nation’s emissions to peak by 2025 at the latest — if it didn’t already happen in 2014…

The authors indicate that China is now entering a new phase in which its leadership will focus on expansion of the service sector and more high-quality and innovative forms of manufacturing, while shifting away from coal-dependent, energy-intensive industries, such as steel and cement. The government began articulating these goals back in 2012, they said, and notable shifts have already begun to occur in the country…




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