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China’s Emissions Per Unit Of GDP Fall By 34%, But Rise By 72% In Absolute Terms

July 9, 2015

By Paul Homewood  

 

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https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/chinas-climate-pledge/#comment-46139

 

 

 

Manic makes a very good point.

 

To put things into black and white, between 2005 and 2013, during which time emissions per unit of GDP have fallen by 34%, CO2 emissions have risen from 1579 to 2723 Mtoe.

http://cdiac.ornl.gov/GCP/

 

The simple reason is that China has been doing what every other developed economy has done over the years. That is, gradually shift to lower energy consuming industries as a proportion of the national economy, combined with increasing efficiency in energy production and industrial activity generally.

I worked in British Steel for twenty years, and I can honestly say that we were constantly monitoring our energy usage and searching for ways to save on our energy bills, which were a significant part of our overall costs. This is simply part and parcel of the modern, capitalist economy that has brought all of us much improved standards of living, which our forefathers could not have dreamed about.

3 Comments
  1. July 9, 2015 11:43 pm

    The Chinese aren’t fools. That’s one reason I live in HK. You are all free to send me a slice of that 100 billion!

  2. July 10, 2015 1:59 am

    Very clever sales pitch, and the media devoured it.

  3. Joe Public permalink
    July 10, 2015 9:13 am

    ” ….. we were constantly monitoring our energy usage and searching for ways to save on our energy bills, …..”

    Hit it in one.

    For businesses, the objective is always to save money. The PR people translate that as saving energy, simply to gain Greenie Points.

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