The Chinese Coal Industry in an Energy Security and Carbon-Constrained World, a seminar with Kevin Jianjun Tu, Mark Jaccard, David Burwell

Abstract China currently consumes almost half of global coal output, and relies on indigenous coal for about 80 percent of its electricity generation. While the use of coal has greatly benefited China in terms of economic growth and energy security, it has created enormous environmental and social challenges, from land subsidence and regional water shortages to global issues concerning air quality and greenhouse gas emissions. Carnegie hosted Kevin Tu, senior associate at Carnegie’s Energy & Climate Program, and Mark Jaccard, professor at Simon Fraser University, in a discussion on how the United States and China could work together on coal issues in order to move the climate agenda forward. Carnegie’s David Burwell moderated.
Author Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Beijing October 27th, 2011
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