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China’s new infrastructure still relies on carbon-intensive supply chains – Greenpeace

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Workers walk through the Yujiapu Financial Center in Tianjin, China on February 22, 2016. REUTERS / Jason Lee

SHANGHAI, Sept. 29 (Reuters) – A report by environmental group Greenpeace found that China’s new infrastructure still relies on carbon-intensive supply chains, despite emitting less carbon than traditional infrastructure. last year.

The new infrastructure includes 5G technology, artificial intelligence, data centers, electric vehicles and its infrastructure and high-speed railways, according to the report released Wednesday.

“The majority of emissions from new infrastructure come from upstream and downstream industries. As long as the entire supply chain for new infrastructure relies on China’s high-emission energy mix, reducing emissions here will be a struggle, ”said Zhang Kai, deputy program director of Greenpeace. Beijing office in East Asia.

“This impact needs to be addressed holistically.”

China, the world’s largest consumer of coal and steel producer, is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. It aims to reach a peak in carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

Beijing has not published any comprehensive emissions reduction program, but local governments and industries such as steel have their own carbon commitments. Read more

According to the Greenpeace report, emissions from China’s new infrastructure industries are 7.24 percent lower than from traditional infrastructure.

While policies on new infrastructure have improved, there are few considerations for “green and inclusiveness,” the report said, adding that further political support is needed.

“More detailed development standards and industry guidelines have yet to be drafted,” he said.

“In order to achieve better energy saving and emission reduction effects, decision makers in investing in new infrastructure should focus on optimizing energy efficiency in the upstream section of the chain. supply. “

Reporting by Emily Chow and David Stanway; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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