China’s CO2 emissions fall for the first time since the COVID rebound

FILE PHOTO: The Forbidden City is viewed from the top of Jingshan Park during a heavily polluted day in Beijing, China, Nov. 29, 2015. Beijing plans to raise its already strict car emissions standards by 2017 in an attempt to one of the most polluted cities in the world by improving their air quality, often dangerous. REUTERS / Kim Kyung-Hoon

BEIJING, Nov 25 (Reuters) – China’s carbon emissions fell in the third quarter for the first time since its economic recovery began in the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study found, partly as a result of clamping down on real estate development and the widespread shortage of coal.

The world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter saw CO2 emissions drop by around 0.5% in July-September compared to the previous year, said Lauri Myllyvirta, principal analyst at the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), based in Helsinki.

“The drop in emissions could mark a turning point and an early peak in China’s total emissions, years before its goal of peaking by 2030,” Myllyvirta said in a report published in Carbon Brief on Thursday.

The fall represents a change of course from the increase in emissions of approximately 9% in the first half of 2021, when China’s economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis was in full swing with construction and industrial activity. heavy.

(Reporting by Muyu Xu and Tom Daly; edited by Alexander Smith, translated by José Muñoz in the Gdańsk office)

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