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China's Submission of Mitigation Actions to Copenhagen Accord

A letter from Su Wei, Director-General of Department of Climate Change, National Development and Reform Commission of China to Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Secretariat. The letter communicates China’s autonomous domestic mitigation actions in accordance with the Copenhagen Accord, negotiated under the UNFCCC.

Chinese Premier Wen Leads New Energy Policy Coordinating Body

The Chinese government announced today that Premier Wen Jiabao will lead a new Energy Coordinating body. Wen will chair the committee, which will include Executive Vice Premier Li Keqiang and ministers of 21 different departments.

Key Opportunities for U.S.-China Cooperation on Coal and CCS

A December 2009 report on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Coal in the United States and China, published by the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thorton China Center, authored by ChinaFAQs expert Kelly Sims Gallagher, Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Overview:
One of the most striking commonalities between China and the United States is that both countries are blessed with large coal reserves,and naturally, both rely heavily on coal for their primary energy supply. U.S. coal reserves are estimated at 243 billion tons (29% of world total), and Chinese at 115 billion tons (14% of world total). China’s reserves-to-production ratio, however,is much shorter than that of the United States with only 41 years of currently-estimated economically recoverable coal compared with 224 years in the United States at current production rates (BP Statistical Review 2009). As the most abundant fossil energy resource in both countries, it is virtually certain that both will continue to rely heavily on coal due to its relatively low cost and the energy security benefits related to not having to import substantial foreign supplies of primary energy. The utilization of coal will be increasingly limited by the climate change problem, however, unless advanced coal and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies can be developed, demonstrated, and rendered cost-effective within the next 5-15 years.

Joint Statement by BASIC Group (Brazil, South Africa, India and China), January 24, 2010

The second meeting of Ministers of the four BASIC Group countries took place in New Delhi on January 24th 2010. Earlier, the Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh met with the four Ministers on the evening of January 23rd. The Ministers who participated in the meeting were H.E. Xie Zhenhua, Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission from China, H.E. Carlos Minc, Minister for Environment from Brazil, H.E. Buyelwa Sonjica, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs from South Africa and H.E. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment and Forests from India. The current G-77 Chair – Yemen – had also been invited but could not attend because of other commitments.

Following the Copenhagen Accord: BASIC Countries Will Meet Jan 31st Deadline for Submissions

The four BASIC countries, India, China, South Africa and Brazil, met in New Delhi on Sunday, January 24th and announced that they intend to submit their “voluntary mitigation actions” to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat by January 31st, the deadline set in the Copenhagen Accord.

Big New Deals in China for U.S. Renewable Energy Companies

Investing Big in Concentrating Solar

If you’d asked us a few weeks ago, we might have said that China was charging ahead in wind and in solar photovoltaics, but was not a big player in the emerging technology of concentrating solar power. That has now changed dramatically. Last week U.S. company eSolar announced a $5 billion, 2 GW deal with Chinese company China Shandong Penglai Electric Power Equipment Manufacturing Co. If eSolar and partners succeed this will be the largest set of concentrating solar plants anywhere in the world.

Guardian: Jonathan Lash on the Copenhagen Accord

In a new article in the Guardian, World Resources Institute President Jonathan Lash discusses the Copenhagen Accord and what it means for the future of international cooperation on climate change.

From the Guardian: Spin is the political language of Washington, but I have never encountered such conflicting currents of hype as those that have swirled around the globe since the gavel fell on the Copenhagen climate summit. Depending on whether you live in Beijing, Berlin or Boston the assessment ranges from catastrophe to success to somewhere in between. But what lies ahead?