Understanding Energy Intensity Data in China
Understanding Energy Intensity Data in China / Wang Yanjia and William Chandler, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Policy Outlook, March 24, 2011, 22 p.
China is the world’s largest national source of greenhouse gas emissions, and energy production and use create most of those emissions. China has set ambitious targets to reduce energy demand growth and, consequently, its greenhouse gas emissions growth, and has claimed dramatic gains in meeting them. Unfortunately, inadequacies in China’s national statistical system makes it difficult to assess China’s progress toward meeting its goals. The government’s claims of significant progress in reducing carbon intensity are generally plausible. However, due to shortcomings in the data system, China’s progress cannot be proven in detail with a high level of accuracy…