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