Stabilizing the global climate is the greatest challenge of the 21st century. In 2006, China has been become the world's largest Greenhouse Gas emitter in the world, and climate change has severe impact for the country. Research shows that climate catastrophes have caused direct economic loss of 1 percent of GDP within this century. The size and growth of the Chinese economy means that the pace and scale of its shift to a low-carbon economy are of global importance. To tackle climate change, China should take the path of sustainable low-carbon development.
WRI China works with businesses, policymakers and academic organization to shift the country toward a sustainable low-carbon economy.
Our research outlines ways China can meet the commitment and goals of emissions peak internationally and domestically, and promotes transformation to low carbon at national, regional and sectoral levels. Our “Peak and Beyond” helps identify the sub-national pathways to achieve 2030 Emission Peak Goal at an earlier stage. Our “Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage” (CCUS) facilitates knowledge sharing and international cooperation on clean fossil fuel energy policy and technology; impulses China conducts the CCUS commercial demonstration by 2020.
Our research outlines ways China can meet or exceed the emissions-reduction and energy-saving goals outlined in the 12th Five-Year Plan and adopt more ambitious goals in the 13th Five-Year Plan. Our Greenhouse Gas Protocol helps China to build its capacity to account and report GHG emissions for enterprises and cities. Our Carbon Capture and Storage project facilitates international cooperation to advance the technology. We also track and assess China’s climate policies to enhance understanding and encourage policy ambition.