China’s promise of peak emissions before 2030 and net zero by 2060 is a major and welcome step for the economic (and fossil fuel) powerhouse. But the rest of the world doesn’t need to make concessions to get China to stick to the new target, says John Seaman at the IFRI Centre for Energy & Climate. That’s because an energy transition is in China’s interests. It wants and needs to be at the forefront of new energy technologies to secure future trade and growth. It can’t do that if its own domestic demand is weak. Other pressures are at play too: China can’t thrive in a world while its relations with Europe, neighbours India and Australia and, infamously, the U.S. are fraught with difficulties. So China sees climate diplomacy as a good way to promote its multilateral credibility and even leadership. Given these realities, Seaman is not surprised that China has announced the new targets. Of course, how they achieve them opens up questions that all need answering: their 250GW coal plant pipeline at home, fossil fuel investments abroad, fair market access, technology transfer/IP theft and more.
Energy Post 9th Oct 2020 read more »
Cold functional testing has been completed at unit 6 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China’s Jiangsu province, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has announced. The ACPR1000 reactor is scheduled to enter commercial operation by the end of 2021.
World Nuclear News 9th Oct 2020 read more »
In the past two years, China’s offshore wind power has increased more than any other nation. A Global Wind Energy Council report on offshore wind in 2019 described the year as the best yet for the sector – and the biggest ever for China’s offshore wind capacity. China and the Asia-Pacific region look set to drive growth in the sector for the coming decade. According to the report, China accounted for 40% of global added offshore wind capacity in 2019, with a record 2.5 gigawatts (GW), 51% more than the previous year. China now has 23% of the world’s offshore wind capacity.
China Dialogue 9th Oct 2020 read more »