This Climate Institute paper reviews the recent efforts that have been taken by China to re-structure it's economy and avoid greenhouse gass emissions.
'Many commentators in the government, the media and business have been portraying China as the greenhouse bogey man hiding under our beds,' said Erwin Jackson, Director, Policy and Research at The Climate Institute. 'This is misleading at best and an attempt to set back international climate talks by more then a decade at worst.'
'China is now one of the world’s largest emitters, and will need to take on reduction targets in the future. However, it will take decades for China’s contribution to climate change to exceed that of major developed countries, such as the USA and the EU. A mature and effective international response to climate change needs to recognise this reality and acknowledge that China is taking domestic action over and above its international obligations.'