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China’s Surge in Renewable Energy
(Released May 2011)

  by Ethan Goffman  


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  1. Beijing To Shake Up Its Energy Infrastructure - A solar-powered traffic light is seen in front of the Tiananmen Gate on January 17, 2007 in Beijing, China. Beijing plans to boost its power-generating capacity and do more to promote conservation, according to an official plan released about one month ago. The plan also calls on the city to reform its energy structure by increasing the share of high-quality energy sources like electricity, natural gas and renewable energy in the city's overall energy supply. By 2010, renewable energy is expected to account for 4 per cent of all the energy consumed in Beijing, compared with the present 1 per cent. This comes after the nation failed to achieve its target to reduce energy consumption per unit of GDP by 4 percent and pollutant emissions by 2 percent last year. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
    China Photos/Getty Images, © 2007

  2. A worker wears a safety mask as he rests beside a pile of coal at a mine yard in Huaibei, central China's Anhui province on November 24, 2009. More deadly accidents like the one that killed at least 104 Chinese coal miners recently are inevitable as China remains reliant on coal to feed its energy-hungry economy, experts said, even as China talks up its commitment to clean energy on the eve of key climate change talks in Copenhagen, analysts warned that heavily polluting coal would remain the main source of energy here for at least the next decade.
    STR/AFP/Getty Images, © 2007

  3. Workers place power cables into the tower of what will become China's biggest energy-producing windmill at the Zhangbei Gutou Wind Power Plant, 24 May 2006 in Zhangbei, outside of Zhangjiakou in northern Hebei province, north China. According to Chinese studies, the nation has the potential to tap over one million megawatts of wind power resources, of which 250,000 megawatts are land based and the rest could be tapped in offshore wind farms.
    FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images, © 2006
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Charts and Tables
  1. Energy intensity index in China and the world during 1980 2005.

    China targets 20% reduction in energy intensity by 2010.
    Liao, Hua; Fan, Ying; Wei, Yi-Ming, International Journal of Global Energy Issues. Vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 10-17. 30 Nov 2008.
  2. CDM Types and Estimated Emission Reductions (Unit: 106 tons of C02)a

    Translating a Global Issue Into Local Priority: China's Local Government Response to Climate Change
    Qi, Ye; Ma, Li; Zhang, Huanbo; Li, Huimin, Journal of Environment & Development, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 379-400. 2008.
  3. Power network in China.

    Wind power generation in China: present status and future prospects
    Wen, Fushuan; Hua, Dong; Wang, Qin; Singh, SN, International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy. Vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 254-276. 28 Jun 2008.
Tables taken from ProQuest's Illustrata
  1. Arthur Petrus Johannes Mol
    Professor/Chair, Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University
    Globalization and environment; Social theory and environment: ecological modernization theory and the environmental sociology of flows; industrial transformation, especially - but not only - in Southeast and East Asia; environmental governance; informational governance on the environment.

  2. Daniel M. Kammen
    Management of Technology Program, University of California, Berkeley; Professor, Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; Professor, Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
    Climate Change, Energy Forecasting, Engineering, Health and Environment, International R & D Policy, Race and Gender, Rural Resource Management

  3. Marian Chertow
    Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, Associate Professor
    The application of innovation theory to the development of environmental and energy technology and the study of industrial symbiosis: geographically based exchanges of wastes, materials, energy, and water within networks of businesses. Her research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business/environment issues, waste management, and environmental technology innovation.

Scholars taken from ProQuest's Community of Scholars