China has officially banned the importation of Australian coal, striking at the heart of the country’s energy sector. The decision, announced on Monday, escalates the Australia-China trade war that began after Canberra...
Sep 20, 2010
Despite Thomas Friedman’s general optimism about Beijing’s ability and willingness to reverse decades of environmental degradation, this article in the Guardian shows that, on the ground, there is still a long way to...
Jun 12, 2009
From AP: Chinese officials have invited Taiwanese companies to supply selected mainland cities with ultra-bright, energy-saving LED lights, the latest in a series of big business deals between the rivals. At a two-day conference...
Apr 24, 2009
The Asia Society’s China Green project has produced a new documentary about an energy retrofitting firm. Watch it below: China’s economic boom has fueled a flurry of real estate construction, but the growth has also...
Dec 16, 2008
Robert Collier, a visiting scholar at U.C. Berkeley who is writing a book and China and global warming, has written a guest post on the Climate Progress blog answering the question, “Can China go green?”: After...
Nov 13, 2008
Merging electricity infrastructure with information technology, the Smart Grid is a project that aims to reduce China’s energy consumption per unit of GDP. From Renewable Energy World: On November 9th the Chinese...
Mar 31, 2008
A quick but compelling look inside China’s nascent green building movement, from Caijing’s English edition: This past winter was particularly cozy for residents at No. 12 West Huixin Street in Beijing. “In the past,...
Mar 3, 2008
China Dialogue looks at two companies in Beijing that are promoting energy conservation: Xiongcai aims to solve some very real problems: how can China make use of its current stock of 4.8 million coal-burning boilers? How can...
Dec 17, 2007
A positive story of foreign companies helping Chinese firms and localities achieve higher energy efficiency and greener development. China needs to see a lot of these take hold in the country. From China Daily: Due to its efforts in governmental programs and incentives for local partners, BASF was named one of the top global companies […]
Nov 29, 2007
From AFP: China said Thursday it was making progress in its efforts to improve the nation’s energy efficiency and cut pollution emissions, but acknowledged that not enough was being done. “The results of our energy consumption and emission reduction (efforts) are starting to show,” Xie Zhenhua, deputy head of the National Development Reform Commission, told […]
Nov 7, 2007
From China Dialogue: Adopting sustainable architecture will bring China great environmental gains with little effort, writes Pan Jiahua. If the country really wants to build a “frugal society”, this is how. Sustainable architecture also provides potential savings in energy consumed by heating and air conditioning. Only 10% to 15% of buildings constructed in China in […]
Nov 4, 2007
From China Dialogue: The buildings sector is responsible for around one-third of global energy use and associated carbon dioxide emissions. In 2004, China was responsible for 15% of world energy consumption and associated emissions. Residential and commercial buildings account for one-quarter of China’s total energy consumption and around 27% of the country’s electricity consumption. Overall, […]
Sep 24, 2007
From Reuters: China’s cash-rich state-run commercial banks should invest more in energy-saving and renewable projects, an academic and a government official said on Sunday. Big state banks should divert 2 to 3 percent of their annual loans to green production, as funding on these projects falls well below the amount required, said Yang Fuqiang of […]
Sep 16, 2007
From China Daily: The government has urged people in 108 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, to walk, ride bicycles and use public transport instead of driving cars for a week till September 22. Initiated by the Ministry of Construction (MOC), the first national urban public transport campaign, “Green Transport and Health”, will see one […]
Sep 15, 2007
From Environment News Service: Energy officials from the United States and China Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, to increase cooperation and energy efficiency in China’s industrial sector, which accounts for 70 percent of the country’s total energy demand. Karen Harbert, U.S. Department of Energy, DOE, assistant secretary for policy and international affairs and […]
Sep 15, 2007
From China Watch: China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has launched a new energy conservation guide for citizens in an effort to promote the twin goals of saving energy and reducing emissions. The guide, printed on recycled paper, discusses 36 categories of household living where people can reduce their energy use, from housing and […]
Sep 1, 2007
China Dialogue translates the results of a survey on environmental awareness among urban youth recently conducted by China Youth Daily. From the intro: China’s rapid economic development has materially enriched the lives of ordinary Chinese people, and at the same time increased our demands as consumers. But for how long will limited resources be able […]
Aug 27, 2007
From Asia Times Online: China’s government plans to pour billions of dollars into special projects to help meet the country’s energy-saving targets. Local officials are also about to come under increased pressure to toe the government line to meet the targets, otherwise their political futures could be in jeopardy. A top official from the National […]
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