China remains the world’s worst polluter…but…

A composite image of a smoggy Shanghai and wind turbines.

Shanghai, one of the world’s most populous cities, will today enact strict green policies limiting disposable takeaway utensils and hotel room essentials, as it officially rolls out a major recycling overhaul.

Key points:

  • China contributed to almost a third of the global renewables investment in 2018
  • But the Asian power remains the world’s largest producer of carbon emissions
  • China provides billions of dollars in support for overseas coal plants per year

The ban on the provision of a slew of single-use items such as chopsticks, forks, shower caps and toothbrushes unless requested by customers comes amid Beijing’s green push to tackle pollution and their ambition to become a global leader in clean technology.

While China remains the world’s largest producer of carbon emissions — where air pollution is still responsible for more than 1 million premature deaths a year — the Asian power is also the biggest investor in renewable energy.

The latest report by the UN’s renewable energy advisory body, REN21, shows China led renewable energy investment worldwide for the seventh successive year, contributing to almost a third of the global renewables investment in 2018 at $US91.2 billion ($130.2 billion).

Full story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-01/china-leader-in-renewable-energy-wages-war-on-pollution/11249162

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