Global Carbon Emissions in the Coming Decades: The Case of China

Publication Type

Report

Date Published

05/2008

LBNL Report Number

LBNL–372E

Abstract

China's annual energy-related carbon emissions surpassed those of the United States in 2006, years ahead of published international and Chinese forecasts. Why were forecasts so greatly in error and what drove the rapid growth of China's energy-related carbon emissions after 2001? The divergence between actual and forecasted carbon emissions underscores the rapid changes that have taken place in China's energy system since 2001. In order to build a more robust understanding of China's energy-related carbon emissions, this article reviews the role of economic restructuring, urbanization, coal dependence, international trade, and central government policies in driving emissions growth.

Year of Publication

2008

Institution

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Research Areas