A year ago, after the devastating Chinese earthquake and tsunami, China announced it would phase out the use of coal and natural gas in the country’s power plants.
Now, as the country struggles to keep up with the global economic slowdown, many economists have said China’s transition to a carbon-free economy is now irreversible.
The country’s carbon footprint is the second-largest in the world after the United States.
And despite Beijing’s pledge to do everything possible to lower its emissions, its carbon-intensive economy has been hit hard by the global financial crisis and other economic problems.
Many economists say the economic slowdown will make it harder for China to meet its international commitments.
In a recent study, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Oxford University said that China’s emissions are still going to grow much faster than the rest of the world, which means China is going to have to make some tough decisions about how to reduce its emissions.
The economic slowdown also poses an enormous challenge for the Communist Party, which is struggling to adapt to a new world.
So, many experts are worried that China could be forced to abandon its carbon neutrality by the end of the decade.
But that is unlikely.
Many of the experts said that if China can find a way to maintain its carbon footprint at its current level of emissions, it would be able to stay ahead of the rest.
“The Chinese economy is not yet going to be able go the way that the rest does, but I think that the government will continue to keep the pressure on the economy,” said Michael Oppenheimer, an economist with the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
Oppenheim said that as China starts to grow, it will be able make the switch to a low-carbon economy.
The government will have to do a lot of hard work in the coming years to ensure that the transition to zero-carbon growth happens quickly, said Paul Polman, a fellow at the Peterson institute.
Some experts say the transition could be slow and slow at first.
But eventually, the transition will be easier for China, said Ravi Sinha, a professor of energy policy at the University to date.
China will likely have to invest in its energy sector in order to make up for the lost market share in its natural gas and coal industries, he said.
Still, China’s economic problems will be difficult to overcome, Sinha said.
China’s natural gas sector is already heavily dependent on subsidies from Beijing.
And coal consumption is going up and up, Sinhas said.
And the country will likely struggle to diversify its energy sources, because China has no large hydrocarbon reserves, Sinas said.
So the transition from a coal economy to a gas economy will take time, he added.
So the transition is going forward, but it won’t be smooth, he told The Globe and Mail.
“China is going in the right direction but it will take a lot to keep it there.”
But, he acknowledged, China is not the only country facing an economic transition.
Canada and the United Kingdom have also faced the challenges of shifting from fossil fuels to low-emissions alternatives.
And countries like South Africa and Indonesia are also facing the challenge of transitioning to a zero-emission economy.
For these countries, the question is whether it’s possible to avoid the pitfalls that have been associated with other countries’ carbon-heavy economies, said David Schanzer, a research fellow at Stanford University.
While China has the most to lose, other countries are likely to have a tougher time.
“The transition will take years, but if China manages to stay on track, it may not be too long before the transition reaches a point where it can be reversed,” Schanter said.
He added that the challenges in the United Nations are a big factor in the decision to make the transition.
If China decides to stay in the transition, it should not make the same mistake that other countries have made, he argued.
But even if China makes it to the end, it might not be possible to make a quick transition to carbon-neutral economy.
As the Chinese economy continues to grow and its carbon footprints continue to rise, the economy may need to go back to its coal and gas past.
China may have to spend even more money to keep pace with its growth.
It will take decades for China’s carbon emissions to completely stop growing, but by the time China reaches its zero-energy future, the emissions will likely be back to where they were before the economic downturn hit.
(This article has been updated to correct the spelling of Ravi’s name.)