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Clean development project opportunities in China

This report outlines China's policy on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, details emission inventories and mitigation options, and considers priority projects for the CDM.

It was written by Wei Zhihong of the Global Climate Change Institute in Beijing, China, for the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development. It was was originally written in 2000, and updated in 2002.

Of particular interest are five opportunities suggested for CDM projects. The first two focus on improving industrial energy efficiency, one through high efficiency electric motors, and the second by refitting an industrial boiler, saving 0.3 and 16 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, respectively.

A third project aims to promote wind power as a renewable energy source, saving 6.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. The fourth concentrates on a district heating programme that could save 50,000 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere every year in the building sector. Finally, biomass gasification could reduce emissions by 108,000 tonnes per year.

This report is somewhat technical and best suited for readers already familiar with mitigation and the CDM. The section on priority projects on page 11, however, is very accessible and should prove useful to anyone interested in the practicalities of the CDM.

The report is available in pdf format only. A summary is available online here.