Advances in Earth Science ›› 2016, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (7): 764-773. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2016.07.0764.

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Comparative Study of the Carbon Emission Situation and Goals between China and India

Yang Zhanhong, Luo Hong *, Xue Jie, Zhang Baoliu   

  1. Department of Environment & Economy, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing, 100012,China
  • Received:2016-04-23 Revised:2016-06-15 Online:2016-07-10 Published:2016-07-10
  • Contact: Luo Hong(1964-), male, Taoyuan County, Hu’nan Province, Professor. Research areas include environmental and economic, energy and environmental studies.E-mail:luohong@craes.org.cn
  • Supported by:
    Project supported by the Energy Foundation China Sustainable Energy Program “Study on the effects of air pollution prevention on energy distribution and structure”(No.G-1406-21486)

Yang Zhanhong, Luo Hong, Xue Jie, Zhang Baoliu. Comparative Study of the Carbon Emission Situation and Goals between China and India[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2016, 31(7): 764-773.

As the two large developing and populous countries, China and India face the dual challenges of economic development and climate change. Both of them are active in carbon emissions reduction, while India also bears the pressure of being “benchmarked” against China. With taking China and India as the sample of a comparative analysis, and the statistical value of a long sequence as the basic analysis data, based on the detailed analysis and comparison of carbon emissions history, the carbon emissions situation of the two countries from various dimensions including economic development, energy reserves and consumption, etc. were comparatively analyzed. The carbon intensity and energy structure after achieving the objectives were measured and compared by focusing on the carbon emissions reduction targets in China and India. The comparative results show that: China’s total carbon emissions are greater than India’s, but the growth rate of emissions, per capita emissions are significantly lower than India’s, while the carbon intensity decreases significantly faster than that of India. China has taken more efforts to make commitments to carbon reduction than India. With India’s energy structure adjustment, the situation will be gradually better than that in China.
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