There is no wonder that China is the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide. Under the current interests present in the political and economical fields, a huge international pressure is put on China to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
This aspect has been very well debated into the government and the aim is that by 2030 the fossil-fuel consumption will be reduced by 80%. Even though environment is a very sensitive subject in that country, China’s Cummunist Party will for no reason give up on their economical growth only to make peace with the rest of international countries.
Short-Term and Long-Term Energy Needs
Standing the fact that the energy produced by this country provides mostly from fossil fuels (coal – 66.0%, oil – 18.4% and gas – 5.6%), due to the high population existent in China the per capita consumption is relatively low (about 1/3 of America’s consumption).
To displace some fossil-fuel-generated power, the State Council wants to more than triple nuclear power by 2020, from the current installed capacity of almost 18 GW to 58 GW. In order to feed the reactors China must somehow secure about 16% of global uranium supplies.
Also an important aspect to be stated is that China’s renewable expansion would be plausible since world’s largest producers of solar panels and wind turbines are resident in this country. The goals to be fulfilled are an increase of sevenfold in the solar energy capacity and two-and-a-half times the current wind energy.
China’s Communist Party Respond to International Pressure
The Communist Party in this country is very sensitive when it comes for domestic pressure, because an untreated issue may threaten its existence. The international shouts that address this country are not so much captioned as for the fact that China is one of the leading countries of the world, in almost every domain.
Under the excuse that the economical growth can’t be stopped, the population pollution and intoxication is masked by the headquarters that run the state. Many promises were made in order to reduce the amount of air pollutants release in the atmosphere (nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides) and things might start now to head into the right direction.
One of the aspects remained uncovered was the release of carbon dioxide by the energy producer factories. As stated “a natural compound of air”, the level has increased so much in the breathable air of Beijing, that it turned it into Greyjing, a nickname that suggests very well the high amount of carbon dioxide in the air and the grey smog present in the atmosphere.
Conclusion: The contradiction of what China needs and what the West wants
Probably many of you will not wonder that the West require China to reduce it’s pollution not only by the reason of poisoning the entire globe. Many aspects stay hidden under these speculations, but one thing is for sure! If something it’s not to be done, then air will be soon unbreathable.