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 experts.
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 repair.
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 efficiency.
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(China.org.cn, December 11, 2007)