Climate Change Mitigation Measures in the People's Republic of China

International Brief
April 2007

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China's emissions are increasing rapidly with strong economic growth and rising energy demand. Emissions have grown by about 80% since 1990, driven heavily by increased consumption of electricity generated from coal. Much of China's projected emissions growth will come from coal-fired electricity; in 2006 China installed over 90 gigawatts (GW) of new coal power capacity— the equivalent of about 2 large coal power plants per week.