Paper Title:

The Effect Of So2 Control Policies On Co2 Emissions In The People's Republic Of China

Presenting Author: Richard D Morgenstern (Resources for the Future)
Coauthor 1: Alan Krupnick
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This paper examines the ancillary CO2 benefits of specific SO2 control policies adopted in a large Chinese city heavily dependent on coal as a source of primary energy. Conventional wisdom holds that the control of SO2 emissions requires additional energy to operate scrubbers or other equipment, thereby leading to an increase in CO2 emissions. Increasingly, however, the policy of choice in some provinces are requiring replacement of high-emitting, older boilers with new equipment. In use SO2 and CO2 reductions are examined via analysis of a recent survey of establishments covered by the new policies. Initial results indicate that emissions of both SO2 and CO2 decreased in response. Economic analysis is underway to assess the marginal abatement costs for both SO2 and CO2, and the variability in the results across geographic districts, boiler types and sizes, ownership, and other factors. The implications for future SO2 control policies across different regions of the country are potentially quite significant, especially if incentives created by the Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol are introduced in China.
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Session / Day / Time 14B / Thursday / 8:00 - 10:00 am
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