Climate Solutions Available to Stop the Climate Change, WWF

Posted on 26 November 2007
Beijing, China -  Developing renewable energy and improving energy efficiency are two crucial and effective solutions for China to reduce its carbon dioxide emission that helps achieve the country's goal of reducing energy consumption and curbing climate change. With the Chinese version of a recent climate change report released today, WWF holds that the use of both solutions is of practical importance for China to tackle the challenges of climate change with its own characteristics.

With a large population and rapid economic development, China is showing a bulking appetite for energy as the total primary energy consumption of China reached 2,456M tce in 2006. However, energy efficiency in China is contrasted at a low level of only 33%, which only equals to the level of the developed countries 20 years ago and far outclasses the world average energy intensity of the per unit GDP.

The Chinese government has set the goal of reducing per unit GDP energy consumption by 20% by 2010 in its "11th Five-year Plan" as a policy to improve the energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. "Achieving this efficiency target will bring a CO2 emission reduction of 1.5 billion tons, which accounts for about 40% of China's entire CO2 emission in 2004," said Chen Dongmei, Director of Climate Change and Energy Program at WWF China. "And improving energy conservation and efficiency is the priority measure for China to cut CO2 emission."

Moreover, further development and utilization of China's rich renewable energy resources such as green-hydro, wind and solar power will help the country meet its energy demand in the coming years. The report also pointed out a promising prospect for other effective solutions like the clean coal and carbon capture and storage, which will play more important roles on climate mitigation with technology and economic performance improved further.

The report, Climate Solutions: WWF's Vision for 2050, was compiled by WWF's Energy Task Force with contribution from more than 100 scientists and experts. It presented six solutions including improving energy efficiency, stopping forest loss, accelerating the development of low-emissions technologies, developing flexible fuels, replacing high-carbon coal with low-carbon gas and equipping fossil-fuel plants with carbon capture and storage technology. It concluded that combined adoption of the solutions will satisfy the world's doubled demand for energy by 2050 without causing damage to the climate, but the governments have a limited period of time to agree on necessary measures for change.

Three imperatives were also stated in the report, namely the urgency, global effort and leadership."Climate change is an issue every country should not hesitate to tackle. Whether developed or developing countries, they all should follow the common but differentiated responsibility to achieve the common goal," said WWF China Country Representative Dermot O'Gorman. "Just one week ahead of the crucial United Nation's climate conference in Bali, this WWF roadmap shows that the solutions are at hand to the world now, it is affordable and that Bali must agree on decisive action to ensure we stay below 2 degrees Celsius."

For further information, please contact:

Chris Chaplin, Communications Officer, WWF-China
+86 10 6511 6237