What would it take for China to reach carbon neutrality by 2060?

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Achieving carbon neutrality means offsetting any CO2 emissions produced in the economy. A colossal task for a country using 90% hydrocarbon in its energy mix and annually producing more than 10 billion tonnes of CO2-e, 28% of world total. Wood Mackenzie’s Accelerated Energy Transition scenario (AET-2) shows that China is on a pathway to become carbon neutral by 2060. The analysis envisages complete transformation of how energy is produced and delivered in China by deploying cutting-edge technologies and with strong policy support. Read this insight to find out: - Electrification of energy supply and the share of renewables in power output - China’s emissions trajectory to 2050 and the role of carbon removal projects - Impact on demand for hydrocarbons

Table of contents

  • Electrification of energy supply reaches 76% by 2050 from 27% in 2020
  • Age of infrastructure and scale of emissions are a challenge to decarbonise transport and industry
  • World’s largest emitter makes the maximum effort and contributes 38% reduction in global emissions
  • Conclusion

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  • China key metrics summary
  • Emissions reduction by market in the AET-2 scenario

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