The Slowdown in China’s Carbon Emissions Growth in the New Phase of Economic Development

Jiali Zheng; Zhifu Mi; D’Maris Coffman; Yuli Shan; Dabo Guan; Shouyang Wang (CellPress)

China’s CO2 emissions have plateaued under its commitment to peaking carbon emissions before 2030 to mitigate global climate change. It is closely linked to the fact that China’s economic development has entered a stage named ‘‘the new normal,’’ characterized by more inclusive and sustainable development patterns. This study shows that gains in energy efficiency, deceleration of economic growth, and changes in consumption patterns are the main causes of the deceleration of China’s emissions growth from 2012 to 2017.

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