IN MY CHAPTER ï¿½Under the Domeï¿½ in the China Story Yearbook 2015, there was plenty of cause for pessimism surrounding Chinaï¿½s quest for low-carbon, green growth. While the news is not all good for 2016 (see Forums ï¿½Environmental Disastersï¿½, pp.21ï¿½23 and ï¿½Iron-Fisted Punishmentsï¿½, pp.25ï¿½27), there have been some positive environmental outcomes for China and the world as well. Domestically, the release of the Thirteenth Five-Year Plan in March 2016 strengthened Chinaï¿½s commitment to developing a low-carbon green economy (see Chapter 1 ï¿½Whatï¿½s the Plan?, pp.xxviï¿½15). There is ample evidence to suggest that this commitment is real. In May 2016, Greenpeace declared that ï¿½Chinaï¿½s Thirteenth Five Year Plan is quite possibly the most important document in the world in setting the pace of acting on climate changeï¿½. Greenpeace further noted that ï¿½2020 energy targets that would have seemed quite meaningful or even ambitious a few years ago have now become redundantï¿½.12 Of the many figures they provide to support their positive assessment is the share of coal in Chinaï¿½s total energy mix, which is expected to fall below sixty-three percent in 2016 ï¿½ a one-percentage-point annual drop since 2010, and only one percentage point above the target of sixty-two percent for 2020.
|Title of host publication||China Story Yearbook 2016: Control|
|Editors||Jane Golley, Linda Jaivin, and Luigi Tomba|
|Place of Publication||Canberra|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|