China’s CO2 emissions drop for the 1st time since lockdowns

China's CO2 emissions drop for the 1st time since lockdowns

China’s CO2 emissions drop for the 1st time since lockdowns

China’s carbon emissions fell in the third quarter for the first time since its economic recovery from the coronavirus began, new research shows, partly due to a clampdown on property development and widespread coal shortages.

In the recent COP26, China has committed to peaking its carbon emissions before 2030 and to attaining carbon neutrality by 2060. The effectiveness of these commitments in achieving compatibility with the goal of 1.5°C is not clear. The carbon-centric nature of these commitments while remaining silent on non-carbon GHG emissions is concerning.

Earlier this month, parts of the country’s north saw heavy pollution after China said it had increased daily coal production by more than one million tonnes to ease the energy shortage.