Even with changes in the industrial structure and continued improvement in energy efficiency, China's economic development and strong reliance on its indigenous coal resources will lead to large increases in its CO 2 emissions in the next century. A number of technical options exist that can provide benefits to China's economic development, help protect the national environment, and also contribute to climate change mitigation. These include improvement of energy efficiency in all sectors of the economy; greater use of energy resources such as natural gas, hydropower, nuclear power, and renewable energy instead of coal; and afforestation. Promotion of these options is in accord with China's strategy for sustainable development and its energy policy, which call for rational resource utilization and environmental protection.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1996|