Webcast Recap

Jonathan Sinton, International Energy Agency
David Hawkins, Natural Resources Defense Council
Hengwei Liu, Tufts University

China's dependency on coal fuels the country's phenomenal economic growth but at a major cost to the country's air and water quality, ultimately threatening human health, global climate, and the economy. The Chinese government's efforts to put China onto a cleaner, low carbon development path have been substantial; however China's pollution and greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow. In an attempt to develop its own advanced coal generation technologies to improve the country's air quality and energy efficiency, the Chinese government is investing heavily in gasification and other technologies that can be employed in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) applications. This investment has turned China into a global laboratory for CCS pilot projects, attracting foreign governments, multilateral institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and business partners. China's leadership in developing CCS technology could ultimately help lower its costs and promote its commercialization globally, representing a major step forward to solving the global climate dilemma.

At this January 12th CEF meeting Jonathan Sinton will draw from recent International Energy Agency work on coal in China to highlight coal policy trends that reveal how this abundant energy source is becoming more expensive and more difficult to access. Despite China's "green" energy revolution, coal is still king and CO2 emissions in China are still growing. David Hawkins (NRDC) and Hengwei Liu (Tufts University) will discuss the near-term opportunities for CCS development in China, pointing to the growing number of projects that are turning China into a laboratory for developing and deploying CCS technology.

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