FactCheck: does the new climate deal let China do nothing for 16 years?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Dr Hao Tan discusses the recent climate deal between China and the US

John Matthews, Professor of Strategic Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University, has co-authored an article on The Conversation with Dr Hao Tan of the Newcastle Business School. The article, reviewed by Frank Jotzo, Director of the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at Australian National University, discusses the recent climate deal between China and the US.

Far from "doing nothing", China will be building the world's largest renewable energy system over the next 16 years. This is something that China has already started doing – so the targets agreed upon are feasible, if arduous.

As part of the US-China climate deal [https://theconversation.com/au/topics/us-china-climate-deal] announced on Wednesday, China is committing to raise the proportion of renewables in its total energy system to 20%. As renewables and nuclear power currently account for 10% of China's total energy consumption, this implies a doubling of its renewables commitment.

Read the full article here.

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