China has not signed on to Kyoto, yet they still appear to be taking their own measures to reduce their emissions. However, this is largely the result of necessity and economic desire, rather than by moral obligation (which seem to be the main reason for reducing GHG’s in Canada).
“Li was quoted as saying China’s goal was to increase its renewable energy generating capacity to 60 gigawatts by 2010, or about 10 percent of total power capacity. That will rise to 121 gigawatts by 2020, or about 12 percent of the total, he said.”
Spend five minutes in a major Chinese city, and you will know what I mean. Many of the buildings in Nanjing are quite new, and can’t be more than 15 or 20 years old, yet they look like they are 60. The particlate load of the surrounding air is substantial and many, if not all of the buildings have some level of pollution staining.
I would speculate this drive towards the 10% threshold will largely be driven by the Three-Gorges dam project, which will be fully functional by 2009. The Three Gorges project would come up in my classes at UVic quite often, and everyone (including most professors) was adamantly oppossed to the dam. The arguments for the dam were there (pollution reduction, renewable etc.), but I don’t think anyone really took them seriously. Being here has really put it into a different perspective. China HAS to get off of their dependence on coal power. Coal power in itself is a disaster.
Alright, enough ramblings…got some lessons to prepare. I had my class vote on a topic last night….