China’s Short-term Energy Future. Zhang Xiliang

Industrialization, urbanization and modernization are the three major drivers responsible for China’s soaring energy needs, says Professor Zhang Xiliang of Beijing’s Tsinhua University.  China the world’s largest emitter of CO2 responsible for 60% of last year’s global increase in emissions.  With steady investment in non-carbon based alternatives, and a planned nationwide implementation of cap-and-trade by 2020, Professor Xiliang predicts that China’s emissions will plateau at 6BB tons of coal equivalent by 2030.

Professor Xiliang is head of the Division of Energy System Analysis at Tsinhua University.   Established in early 1980s, the Division of Energy System Analysis is one of the earliest research and education organizations which are involved in energy system analysis, energy development strategy and policy, resources management and sustainable development. It acts as the executive entity of several institutes /research centers of Tsinghua University, including the Energy Environment Economy Research Institute (3E), Global Climate Change Institute, U.S./China Energy and Environmental Technology Center,and Energy Planning and Management Training Center (Beijing).

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August 1, 2014