Annual CO2 Releases

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US-China Partnerships





The importance of CCS in the developing world can’t be overstressed. Demand for energy in China and India is rising quickly and is expected to account for most of the new releases of CO2 into the atmosphere.













China is the world's largest electricity producer. For China alone, coal-related emissions are expected to grow by an average of 2.6% annually from 2007-2035, from 5.2 billion metric tons in 2007 to 10.6 billion metrc tons a year. [1]


China’s Electricity Generation: 2009, 2020, and 2035

Source: CATF from IEA WEO 2011, USDOE EIA AEO


By 2035, projections show the developing world  will account for the majority of releases of CO2 in the world.

The West must cut its CO2 deeply, but shifting fossil fuel growth in the developing world to CCS is also a top global priority.



In climate change solutions, the US and China are natural partners not rivals. 


Together, the US and China account for about 40% of the world’s CO2 releases.  The two countries are both heavily reliant on fossil fuels.  The challenges they face are the same- how to cut CO2 emissions without harming economic growth and national security.


Partnerships between US and Chinese companies are one of the most promising paths to drive down CCS costs and speed deployment in both the East and West.


These relationships build trust necessary to facilitate agreements between the governments of the two countries.


Business-to-business collaborations hold the potential to:

GreenGen, Tianjin, China


  • Mitigate the cost of developing highly advanced clean energy technologies


  • Shorten the deployment time of clean energy  deployment, including  CCS. 



  • Decrease the world’s CO2 emissions




CATF’s China Project:

  • The Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is working in China and elsewhere in Asia to speed a global transition to low-carbon coal technology, by facilitating the development of joint business ventures between innovative energy companies and research institutions in Asia and the West.   
  • The China Project at CATF builds on China’s current leadership in low-carbon coal technologies that will be essential to addressing climate change and energy security.
  • Read more about our efforts in China here.