Dr Fuqiang Yang, NRDC China Program
“Coal accounts for 70 percent of China’s energy consumption. Our project aims to give policy recommendations to China’s government on coal consumption control. However, it encompasses many complicated issues, such as economic restructuring, industrial transformation, energy efficiency, and alternative fuel resources (AFR). IIP’s research on Germany’s Ruhr Valley and AFR in the Coal Cap Project sheds light on international best practices and lessons learned, and are inspirational to Chinese policy-makers. IIP’s contributions in regards to technical advice and research are highly respected. We look forward to an even closer partnership in the later stage of the project.”
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is working on a major policy research effort to develop a coal consumption cap analysis and strategy that will enable Chinese coal use to peak by 2020, or as soon as possible, and decline thereafter.
IIP’s role in the project is to provide the best practice and international knowledge inputs to the primary research and planning effort. As part of this work, we have published a case study on how Germany’s Ruhr Valley cut coal production and restructured its local coal and iron and steel dependent industry. It covers topics relevant to China’s industrial restructuring efforts and proposes deeper research and exchange with the Ruhr. The report, which you can read here, has been shared with environmental officials in China’s steel-producing Hebei Province and national experts working on China’s economic transition and air quality improvement in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
We are also working with the China Cement Association on a roadmap for coal displacement in cement production with the increased use of alternative fuels and raw materials (AFR) in China.