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Clean Development Mechanism in China

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) offers important opportunities for sustainable development in China. The energy sector, in particular, could benefit through new approaches in energy efficiency and renewable energies. Emissions reduction options, which can be transferred to industrialized countries to meet their obligations under the Kyoto Protocol, are also available in other sectors.

The CDM sets out a challenging and complex procedure to be applied in country-specific circumstances. China still has to decide on a detailed national approach for the CDM. In addition, policy issues will also influence the CDM approach. When initiating this studyproject in late 2001, the four principal sponsors — the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology; the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (German Technical Cooperation GTZ), on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO); and the World Bank — therefore realized this would be a challenging task.

The China CDM study analyzes key methodological issues related to the Clean Development Mechanism from China’s perspective. It includes six case studies of potential CDM projects — five power generation projects and one landfill gas project — and evaluates China’s CDM potential through 2010.

  Full Report (3.1mb pdf)
  Feature Story: Launch of Study Signals a Proactive Approach to Clean Mechanism in China
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