Although China’s carbon emission levels are higher than the US due to rapid industrialization, China’s per capita rate is lower. But with the per capita rate rising, China is looking for ways to curb the growth. BBC reports:
Xie Zhenhua, vice chair of the National Development and Reform Commission, said that to let emissions rise that high would be a “disaster for the world”.
“We are making efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions and our carbon intensity is decreasing,” he said.
China’s current five-year plan projects economic growth of about 40% from 2010 to 2015, but a 17% fall in carbon intensity – the CO2 output for each unit of GDP growth.