As the economy rapidly develops, China's greenhouse gases
emissions have increased yearly. Some developed countries have
asked China to take responsibility for reducing its emissions but
these same countries should also take responsibilities for China's
rising emissions, according to research conducted by Chinese
On December 10 a report was released on the sidelines of the UN
climate change conference. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
(CASS) with the support of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
wrote the document stating that China has become a big net exporter
of embodied energy.
Embodied energy refers to all that is required for raw material
procurement, manufacture, transport, construction, maintenance and
The net export of embodied energy from China in 2002 was about
240 million tons of coal equivalent, thus accounting for 16 percent
of the world's total primary energy consumption. By 2006 that
number had increased to 630 million tons of coal equivalent, now
accounting for 25.7 percent of primary energy consumption,
according to studies made by the CASS.
"The figures showed a tremendous growth in the net export of
embodied energy from China, no matter whether it is measured by
absolute value or increase rate," said Pan Jiahua, a research
fellow of the Research Center for Urban and Environmental Studies
under the CASS.
China's needs more understanding and support from the
international community in reducing its greenhouse gases emissions.
The Chinese government feels that the developed countries should
provide technological and financial support to help all developing
countries to readjust industrial structure and improve energy
For more details, please read the full story in Chinese. (
(China.org.cn, December 11, 2007)