China

Pursuing low-carbon growth policy at unprecedented scale

China has pursued aggressive climate and energy policies with particular focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Still, between 2000 and 2010, China represented 68% of the increase in global energy-related CO₂ emissions.

subjectPolicy

These graphs show the changes in policy in the Power, Industry, and Buildings sectors in China

 
 
 

Power Total installed capacity targets


Policy encouraged increased renewable energy deployment through a mix of generation targets.

     
     
     
     

    Industry Phase out targets


    The government set specific targets for many large industries regarding how much capacity was to be phased out or retired.

       
       
       
       

      Buildings Estimated impact of policies targeting energy use reduction


      Increased enforcement of energy building codes saved an estimated 60 million tonnes of coal equivalent per year, more than all other targeted policies combined.