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Exports Increasing Chinese Emissions

Another article that points out that a significant portion of Chinese carbon emissions is contributed by the production of exports to the West.

Exports Increasing Chinese Emissions

CHINA’S ONGOING REFUSAL to agree binding emission reduction targets is supported by new research that says half of the country’s recent emissions increase is due to the production of exports – most for western countries.

The fact that China recently overtook the US as the world’s largest emitter is increasingly used to excuse western nations from taking a lead on climate change. A new report from a collaborative research team, just the latest in a string of similar claims, says that the increase is largely down to international demand for Chinese produce.

China’s CO2 emissions increased 45% between 2002 and 2005; only 7% was due to domestic household consumption. 50% is due to production of exports (chemicals, metals, and electronics) of which 60% heads to the west. Last year the Stockholm Environment Institute estimated that the US is responsible for 9% of all Chinese emissions and the EU responsible for 6%.

 

 

 

One-Third of China’s CO2 Emissions Made by the West

One-Third of China’s CO2 Emissions Made by the West

On the heels of Hillary Clinton’s climate-focused Beijing visit, a new report details just how much CO2 the West gives to China when it buys "made in China." About 9% of total Chinese emissions are the result of manufacturing goods for the US, it finds, while 6% come from producing goods for Europe. But who is responsible, and how will they clean up China’s "carbon sweatshops"?

It’s often been noted that China’s huge CO2 emissions — the world’s highest — are partly the result of manufacturing goods for the West. The phenomenon amounts to pollution outsourcing, not unlike the shipping of the West’s used Chinese-made goods back to China for disposal.

The new research, reported in the Guardian and due to be published this month in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters, shows that about a third of all Chinese carbon emissions between 2002 and 2005 were the result of producing goods for export.