China: CO2 emissions fall for first time since COVID rebound, report says

China’s carbon emissions fell in the third quarter for the first time since its economic recovery from the coronavirus began, new research shows, partly as a result of a clampdown on property development and widespread coal shortages.

The world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases saw CO2 emissions drop by around 0.5% in July to September from a year earlier, Lauri Myllyvirta, lead analyst with the Helsinki-based Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), said.

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

This article was originally posted on channelnewsasia.com

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