In China, a record drop in carbon dioxide emissions was recorded during the second quarter of this year

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Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in China fell in the second quarter of this year by a record 8 percent compared to the same time period in 2021. The world’s second largest economy released 230 million tons of CO2 less from April to June 2022, which is the biggest drop. recorded in the last decade.

These are the results of the analysis of Carbon Brief, a recognized English website specialized in the field of climate change science.

The authors’ findings, based on official and commercially available data, show that this is the fourth consecutive quarter during which harmful emissions in China have decreased compared to a year earlier. Thus, the longest period of falling CO2 emissions in recent history in that country was extended by three months.

The latest observed reduction in emissions in China is due to a renewed slowdown in economic growth caused by strict measures and closures to combat the coronavirus, as well as a serious crisis in the real estate market.

Given that fewer buildings are being built, the amount of CO2 coming from construction has dropped significantly. Namely, this sector is a major source of harmful emissions, mostly due to the production of steel and cement. Only the production of cement in China was reduced by 18 percent – and how damaging the building material is to the climate is illustrated by the following data: if the global cement industry were viewed as a country, it would be the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world.

On top of that, renewable resources are booming in China, with 156 GW of solar and wind farm capacity expected to expand this year, which is more than the entire world installed just seven years ago.

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On the other hand, no serious increase is measured in electricity consumption. China’s reduced contribution to global warming during the second quarter of this year was made possible by the fact that the use of coal in the production of electricity was reduced by 6 percent. Among other things, the market for this dirty energy product has been disrupted in the past year due to the temporary closure of dozens of domestic coal mines in key mining regions affected by floods.

By the way, for two months this summer, China faced a heat wave that was unprecedented in terms of duration, spread and intensity both at the national level and globally, and the negative effects of the increase in the average global temperature, which is caused by the burning of fossil fuels, is already being felt on your skin.

China is currently the largest emitter of harmful emissions in the world, during 2020 it released 10.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide. According to the plan of the Chinese leadership, they should reach their peak before 2030, after which they should start to fall.

The Chinese authorities plan for the country to be carbon neutral by 2060, and they are supporting this goal with the strong development of green energy capacities.

Source: Climate 101

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