CHINESE EMISSIONS OF HEAT-TRAPPING GASES

In 2018, China led the world in emissions of heat-trapping gases. Its emissions of roughly 13.5 Gt CO2e were approximately 25% of the global total.[1]

This chapter starts by examining China’s emissions of CO2—the most important heat-trapping gas. Following sections discuss China’s emissions of other heat-trapping gases, uncertainties in emissions estimates and implications of China’s emissions for the global carbon budget.

References

[1] J. Olivier and J. Peters, Trends in Global CO2 and Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions: 2018 Report, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (December 12, 2018) at p.23 (13.5 Gt CO2e out of 50.9 Gt global total in 2017); Climate Action Tracker, “China country summary” (accessed July 6, 2019) (forecasting 13.1-13.2 Gt CO2e out of 52 Gt global total based on 2017 data).

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