China Energy Research Society

Beijing, China

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Beijing, China
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Lin W.,Beijing Normal University | Yang J.,Beijing Normal University | Yang J.,China Energy Research Society | Chen B.,Beijing Normal University | Chen B.,China Energy Research Society
Energies | Year: 2011

China is experiencing a high speed economic development which may exert great pressure on the environment and energy systems. To measure the environmental and energy performance during the economic development process, this paper selected 30 provinces, cities or autonomous regions as the decision making unit (DMU), and proposed a Green GDP index (GGI) in view of energy intensity and pollution intensity using the generalized Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) method, and the developing trends of integrated energy and environment efficiency of DMUs from 2006 to 2010 are also demonstrated by the Malmquist index. Results show that the integrated energy and environment efficiency varies for each DMU. GGI were both 1 in Beijing and Shanghai. GGI values for the developed cities in Eastern China, such as Guangdong, Fujian, Zhejiang, Tianjin, Jiangsu, and Hainan, ranked high, while those in the Northeast and Middle China remained relatively low. Moreover, there is a positive relationship between the GGI and per capita GDP with a correlation coefficient of 0.75. Increases in GGI are also observed in the results, representing great achievements are acquired in energy conservation and emission reduction. However, the GGIs do not converge to the green frontier across the provinces. © 2011 by the authors.

Lin W.,Beijing Normal University | Lin W.,China Energy Research Society | Chen B.,China Energy Research Society | Chen B.,Beijing Normal University | And 4 more authors.
Sustainability (Switzerland) | Year: 2014

This paper analyzes the differences in the amount and the structure of residential energy consumption at the provincial level in China and identifies the hidden factors behind such differences. The econometrical analysis reveals that population, economic development level, energy resource endowment and climatic conditions are the main factors driving residential energy consumption; while the regional differences in energy consumption per capita and the consumption structure can be mainly illustrated by various economic development levels, energy resource endowments and climatic conditions. Economic development level has a significant positive impact on the proportion of gasoline consumption, whereas its impact on the proportion of electricity consumption is not notable; energy resource endowment and climatic condition indirectly affect both the proportion of electricity consumption and that of gasoline consumption, primarily through their impacts on the proportions of coal consumption and heat consumption. © 2014 by the authors.

Yu Y.,China Energy Research Society | Yang J.,China Energy Research Society | Yang J.,Beijing Normal University | Chen B.,China Energy Research Society | Chen B.,Beijing Normal University
Energies | Year: 2012

The concept of the smart grid has been gaining more and more attention worldwide since it was proposed by the U.S. Electric Power Research Institute in 2001. Recently, it has been propelled again by the promotion of low carbon economies in developing countries. To satisfy the exponential increase in electricity demand and alleviate environmental degradation caused by fossil fuel-based power generation, China has made great efforts in constructing a smart grid as a substitution of traditional energyintensive power grid. In the 12th Five-Year Plan in particular, it was stated that emphasis should be placed on the development of renewable energy and smart grids. The objective of this paper is to provide an insight into the current research on smart grids, and shed light on the development of smart grids in China, based on the analysis of which, the obstacles and barriers in the development process are identified. Finally, policy prospects on the construction of smart grids in China are proposed from the aspects of technology, administration and management. © 2012 by the authors.

News Article | March 16, 2016

The government of China has, for the first time ever, set a target to keep energy consumption under a specific figure as part of its most recent 5-year plan, according to reports. The plan is apparently to keep the country’s energy consumption under 5 billion metric tons of standard coal equivalent by the year 2020. No doubt, part of this aim is the intent to limit the growth of the country’s air pollution problems, as well as the growth of its greenhouse gas emissions (the highest in the world currently). “Energy consumption will be less than 5 billion metric tons if China’s structural adjustment goes smoothly,” stated Xi Fengming, an expert on carbon emissions at the China Academy of Sciences. Fengming noted that the launch of a nationwide carbon emissions market would make the cap easier to realize. Total energy consumption was 4.3 billion metric tons of standard coal in 2015, up 0.9% from the previous year, according to the most recent data from the National Bureau of Statistics. The average annual growth rate was 2.3% over 2012-2015, down from 6.4% in 2005-2012, the bureau said. With China determined to curb pollution and emissions, experts expressed disappointment at the failure to include a coal consumption cap. Coal consumption in China fell 2.2% last year as a result of stricter pollution controls as well as a downturn in demand. In a separate report published ahead of the opening of the full session of parliament on Saturday, the National Development and Reform Commission promised to limit growth of coal production and coal-fired power generation this year. China is aiming to eliminate as much as 500 million metric tons of surplus coal capacity from the market in the next five years. China also aims to cut carbon intensity – the amount of emissions per unit of GDP growth – by 18% over the same period. As part of its global climate change commitments, China has already pledged to reduce carbon intensity to 40-45% below 2005 levels by 2020. An energy policy researcher at China Energy Research Society (CERS), Zhou Dadi, commented: “We should see this (5 billion metric tons) target as a ceiling rather than a floor. Maybe we can achieve better results.” CERS published a report recently predicting energy consumption in China to hit 4.8 billion metric tons of standard coal equivalent by 2020, and 5.3 billion metric tons before 2031. Image by Jesús Arpón (some rights reserved)    Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.”   Come attend CleanTechnica’s 1st “Cleantech Revolution Tour” event → in Berlin, Germany, April 9–10.   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.  

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