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MPs’ report urges greater collaboration with China on low carbon

Assisting China on low carbon development should be at the heart of government plans to tackle climate change and secure high-value business opportunities for UK firms, a report by MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee argues.

“By demonstrating low carbon leadership at home, the UK could punch well above its weight in encouraging major emitters like China towards low-carbon development, but only if ministers can come up with a more focused strategy,” said committee chairman Tim Yeo.

The People’s Republic of China is the fastest growing economy in the world and by 2030 could account for half of the world’s CO2 emissions. It has recently set out plans to reduce the carbon intensity of its economy, boost green energy, draft a new climate law and introduce carbon trading.

The report says that this is the ideal time for the UK to work together with China to encourage future international agreement on climate change and to secure potential opportunities for British businesses in China’s development of low carbon technologies, which it says is worth around £430bn.

The report warns that the government’s work in China suffers from a lack of strategic direction, with too many small projects, focused on too many different areas, rather than a coordinated effort to achieve key objectives. The UK Government should focus instead on a smaller number of strategic interventions that are tailored to appeal to Chinese priorities and which build on UK strengths, it says.

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  • As I learnt from recent ECOBUILD exhibition at Excell that China is going to produce vriety of Green energy Products which they will target to substantially reduce intitial cost for such installation (viz producing electricity by photo voltaic cells to cost 10-15p per unit).
    It may be in the mutual interest of both countries to use their expertise and products by signing a High Level Governmentmental agreement. This may provide a competitive joint venture for international market to deliver turn key solutions.

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