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China turns to households in fight to slash carbon emissions

China's efforts to tackle climate change will come under intense scrutiny as negotiators from around the world gather for the COP28 meetings in Dubai next week. While the country's emissions reduction task is massive, potential cuts by individuals could be huge. A 2021 study by the China Academy of Sciences said households contribute more than half of China's total emissions of over 10 billion metric tons per year. "Carbon inclusion is a huge platform and an effective way to mobilize the public to practice low-carbon, zero-carbon and negative-carbon activities," said Xie Zhenhua, China's top climate envoy, during the launch of a government carbon inclusion committee in August. Eventually, China wants the schemes to be integrated into national emissions trading and generate credits that can offset emissions by industrial polluters, government plans show. China's carbon inclusion ambitions have been in gestation since 2015, when the southeastern province of Guangdong published rules on how to convert low-carbon activity into credits. Since then, dozens of schemes have emerged across the country, accessing personal data like step counts, the use of transport, and the purchase of efficient or environmentally friendly products to generate carbon coins. Banks have also been testing "personal carbon account" systems. The People's Bank of China set up a pilot "carbon to gold loan" project in the city of Quzhou, allowing customers to earn carbon points that could improve credit ratings. Other countries have toyed with the idea of personal carbon trading, with pilot schemes set up in Finland and Australia's Norfolk Island. The British environment ministry also commissioned a study into the possibility in 2006 but concluded it was not yet politically or economically feasible. Singapore is currently running a project that rewards efficient electricity users with "leaf" tokens that can be exchanged for shopping vouchers. "Various actors have tried voluntary schemes that do things like visualizations or the sharing of energy or emissions data at a smaller scale," said Benjamin Sovacool, a professor of earth and environment at Boston University. "But they lack the scale and sheer scope of what the Chinese are conceiving, and they were not integrated into carbon coins, which is a clever idea." https://www.japantimes.co.jp/environment/2023/11/27/climate-change/china-households-carbon/

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  • Grace Njeri

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    China is leading the way to slash the needful act to safeguard the planet

    • George Kariuki

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      China's efforts to tackle climate change are commendable, and its carbon inclusion initiatives have the potential to make a significant impact on the country's emissions reduction goals.

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      • Elizabeth Gathigia

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        Great to see China committed to curb carbon emissions and should also put more efforts to end coal usage

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        • Esther Wanjiku

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          Individual cuts of carbon emissions are a really good approach and the Chinese are doing a good job to meet their targets

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          • CHRIS NGATIA

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            China is doing quite the impressive job

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            • Kevin

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              Commendable efforts by the PRC

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              • Esther Wanjiku

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                @Kevin Very swift efforts

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              • Rashid Kamau

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                The kind of effort we need from China and not vice-versa

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              • walter lungayi

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                It is encouraging to see that China is taking steps to involve households in the fight against carbon emissions. Engaging individuals and families in sustainable practices is crucial in reducing our overall carbon footprint. By promoting energy-efficient technologies, encouraging renewable energy adoption, and raising awareness about the importance of conservation, China can make significant progress in achieving its carbon reduction goals.

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                • Gorffly mokua

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                  Great! But they should stop and phaser out coal expansion!

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                  • Princess

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                    @gorffly_mokua Your concern aligns with the global push for sustainable practices

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                    • walter lungayi

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                      @gorffly_mokua indeed, I strongly agree

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                      • rosebellendiritu

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                        @gorffly_mokua they are doing one thing wrong and another thing right,they should do all things right to make the effort of transition easier.

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                        • Esther Wanjiku

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                          @gorffly_mokua By all means they should

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                        • zelda ninga

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                          That's a good thing but they should also put more effort on ending the use of coal.

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                          • Princess

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                            @zelda_ninga_442 Absolutely, curbing coal usage is paramount for a sustainable energy transition.

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                            • walter lungayi

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                              @zelda_ninga_442 i agree with you

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                              • rosebellendiritu

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                                @zelda_ninga_442 they should try and do all things straight so that they get positive conclusive results.

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                              • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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                                China's innovative approach to carbon reduction, involving households in the fight against climate change, represents a significant and ambitious strategy. Recognizing the substantial contribution of households to the country's total emissions, China aims to leverage personal carbon trading schemes to mobilize the public in adopting low-carbon practices. The potential for massive cuts by individuals is highlighted, with a 2021 study indicating that households contribute over half of China's total emissions, exceeding 10 billion metric tons annually.

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                                • Kevin

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                                  @rukia_ahmed_abdi We cannot understate their efforts. They have done amazing work

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                                • Peter Kamau

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                                  These are bold moves to curb carbon emissions

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                                  • Princess

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                                    @peter_kamau absolutely true 👍.

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                                  • Princess

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                                    This is a great step towards grassroots climate action.

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                                    • Rotich Kim

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                                      Swiftly action china is doing extermly well on climate change

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                                      • Princess

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                                        @rotich_kim The country's efforts, especially involving households, demonstrate a commitment to addressing environmental challenges.

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                                        • Kevin

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                                          @rotich_kim I agree

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