China caught committing ’emissions fraud’ by lying about its industrial pollution

Sunday, November 29, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Daniel Barker
Saturday, November 28, 2015

If you thought the Volkswagen emissions scandal was bad, wait until you read this. …

China has just disclosed that it burns far more coal each year than it previously reported. China already leads the world in CO2 emissions, but it turns out that they have been burning as much as 17 percent more coal (an extra 600 million tons in 2012 alone), than they admitted until now.

The extra percentage translates to a massive amount – nearly a billion tons of greenhouse gases per year, according to estimates. To put it in perspective, the extra amount exceeds the total yearly fossil fuel emissions of the entire German economy. It’s also more than 70 percent of the total amount of coal burned each year in the United States.

The revised figures, which were released “without fanfare” by China’s statistical agency, show that the country’s coal consumption has been significantly underestimated for the past 15 years, and particularly over the last few years.

Discrepancies in the coal consumption estimates were corrected when data from a 2013 economic census were added to the totals. The census revealed “gaps in data collection, especially from small companies and factories,” according to The New York Times.

It appears that heavy industry, such as companies which make coal products, steel and cement, are predominantly to blame for the rise in consumption.

Is China serious about its commitment to curbing emissions?

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