Exporting Emissions To China
By Paul Homewood
In an earlier post, Ash left this comment:
You realise China is emitting on behalf of us wealthier nations in manufacturing for us.
Of course, as we import stuff from China, it is true that we are to an extent exporting our emissions. But it is important that we get this into a proper perspective.
Last year, I produced these two graphs, showing how increased CO2 emissions in China and India utterly dwarfed reductions in the developed countries of the west.
Effectively since 2000, the rise in emissions in China and India was ten times the drop in the USA and EU. It is clear that the vast bulk of the formers emissions has gone on domestic consumption.
We can also take a look at figures for the UK. DECC publish energy consumption statistics by sector, which show that consumption in the industrial sector has fallen from 35.4 to 23.5 Mtoe between 2000 and 2014. Assuming that this drop of 11.9 Mtoe is all due to reduced production (some will surely also be due to improved energy efficiency), we can compare this with China and India.
The fall in UK consumption is barely visible when compared with China/India, where it has risen by 2256 Mtoe.
Forget the guilt trip. However much we are importing from China, its effect on their emissions is negligible.
1) BP Energy Review
2) DECC Energy Stats