09 Mar '12, 3am

China to Simply Cap Coal Use Within 3 Years

China to Simply Cap Coal Use Within 3 Years

Here’s a completely new approach to climate policy, from the always innovative China. Set a cap – not on carbon emissions, but – simply on lumps of coal. (Well, not on lumps of coal, exactly, but on tonnes of coal.) Once you use up your limit: that’s all there is. Stop using coal. Now that would really focus your mind on finding an alternative! Beijing’s policy-setters at the National Energy Administration (NEA), in attempting to grow the world’s fastest growing economy sustainably, have decided on a new way to reduce carbon emissions. Set an absolute cap for coal use for the entire nation, at about 4.1 billion tonnes of standard coal. The first year the new rule would go into effect would be 2015. This will give managers some time to research and implement alternative sources of energy. Just the sort of news we cover at sites like this! China is expected to announce in th...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/08/china-to-simply-cap-c...

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