Antony Froggatt, 10 September 2012

Asia‑Pacific Journal: Chinese Nuclear Power Development at Home and Abroad

The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10, Issue 37, No. 5, September 10, 2012

Chinese Nuclear Power Development at Home and Abroad

Antony Froggatt and Joy Tuffield

The Chinese energy sector is dominated by coal, which provides nearly 70% of the country’s energy compared to a global average of 27%. Furthermore, with energy demand rapidly increasing, so is coal production which was 3.5 billion tonnes in 2011, more than doubling its 2002 level. The International Energy Agency’s current policy scenario predicts that total coal demand in China will increase by 1000 Million tons of oil equivalent (Mtoe) by 2035, up from 2500 Mtoe in 2009. This projected increase is around double the current total consumption levels in the US and would increase CO2 emissions from approximately 4751 Mt to 10000 Mt in 2035, equal to nearly one quarter of the world’s projected total at that time. (More...)