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WWF: Companies key to reduce China’s GHG emissions

Published: 17/02/2015

Beijing, China, 17 February 2015 – Chinese companies will need to reduce direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of their operations by up to 2.7 percent a year if China is to stay on track with the level of action required to keep global warming well below 2 degrees celsius. The electricity sector will need to show a decline of about 8 percent a year, according to a new report released by WWF-China and Ecofys.

The report, ‘It’s Time to Peak’, aims to show how Chinese companies can develop meaningful emission reduction targets that are science-based, technologically possible and in line with a global 2 degree scenario.

China surpassed the US as the world’s largest GHG emitter and is responsible for roughly a quarter of the global emissions. Building on existing scenarios for China, the study shows that China should peak its emissions sooner rather than later in order to achieve the deep GHG emission reductions required in the rest of the century.

The corporate sector is key in achieving this, since they are key emitters of GHG, and provide the low carbon solutions needed, says Sze Ping Lo, WWF-China CEO.

“We see increasing evidence that companies are actually better off with many low carbon investments resulting in high returns. This report includes case studies from leading Chinese firms such as VANKE, YINGLI etc who have already embraced ambitious GHG reduction targets. It takes into account that companies differ from each other in many ways, and builds on similar initiatives worldwide,” says Sze Ping Lo.

“The targets presented in the study are founded on a thorough analysis of existing scenarios for China” Maarten Neelis, leading author of the report and Regional Manager for Ecofys in China explains. “We show that a combination of management and behavioral changes, energy efficiency, increased use of low carbon energy and other resources can bring China on a 2 degrees pathway”, he adds.

“We trust that this report will inspire companies in China to seize the opportunities behind a low carbon transition and to take ambitious actions in line with the goal of peaking GHG emissions in coming years”, Samantha Smith, leader of Global Climate & Energy Initiative of WWF international.

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Notes for Editors:

  1. The targets presented in the report are based on a thorough analysis of existing scenarios for China, and are all technologically feasible.
  2. The report shows that with a combination of management and behavioral changes, energy efficiency, increased use of low carbon energy and other resources can bring China on a 2 degrees pathway.


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