Oct. 22, 2018

China has a long way to go in carbon emission reduction

Date: March 23,2011

Source: Liberation Daily



Special report. Beijing, March 22. The Annual report on China’s low-carbon economic development (2011) was issued in Beijing by the Institute of Global Low-carbon Economy, the University of International Business, the Energy Research Institute of Economics and the National Development and Reform Commission. It states that, given the present levels of per capita GDP in China, overemphasis on pollutant reduction could slow down the pace of the Chinese economy.

The report pointed out that economic growth has always been accompanied by high carbon emissions, and vice versa. The analysis was based on the relevant statistics of 38 countries, covering a time span of over 45 years, from 1960 to 2004.

It is estimated that in developing countries, a US$ 24,517 per capita income would be the turning point after which carbon emissions would start to decrease. The present per-capita income in China is about US$ 7,000. The turning point in per capita income is thus three times higher than the current Chinese data.


China faces a similar situation to the one Japan was in during the 1960s. Overemphasis on carbon emission reduction will probably lead to the decline of industry and a low or negative growth in the economy. Judging from Japan's experience, the control of total emissions is the most efficient method to obtain a reduction in carbon emissions.

Hu Angang, one of the authors of the report, is a