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You did it! Samsung chooses renewable energy!

Blog entry by Insung Lee | 2018-06-14 2 comments

Remember the time we gave Samsung stores a makeover... Protest in Berlin for Samsung to Commit to Clean Energy   Or when we did this…   Greenpeace activists in Berlin and Taipei called out Samsung...

5 reasons why coal is on the way out

Blog entry by Lauri Myllyvirta | 2017-10-25

While some politicians  -  ahem, Trump!  - are trying to prop up the fossil fuel industry, there’s been a quiet revolution happening around the world. People are ditching coal - the main global energy source since 2003 - like never...

Pushing from the grassroots up

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2017-08-11

This group of residents came together to bring solar to Shanghai’s rooftops  Another phase of China’s energy revolution is building. Quieter than the headline-grabbing super projects of the northwest, it is nonetheless just as...

Meet the self-styled ‘PV Doctor’ who brought solar to his hometown

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2017-07-25

For eight years, Luo Yufei has had a big dream: to establish solar projects in his hometown in Guangdong Province.   It was Luo Yufei’s university professor who sparked his interest and passion for solar. “He told us to...

A Coal Merchant and his son

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2017-07-13

How a failing family-run coal operation found new opportunities in the solar industry. Another phase of China’s energy revolution is building. Quieter than the headline-grabbing super projects of the northwest, it is nonetheless...

Cutting China’s redundant coal power capacity would provide enough water for 27...

Press release | 2017-07-05 at 10:00

Beijing, 5 July 2017 - Tackling China’s coal power overcapacity problem could save enough water to meet the basic needs of 27 million people in water stressed areas, a new report from Greenpeace East Asia shows. Despite a reduction in coal...

Belt and Road participants call for full implementation of Paris Agreement

Press release | 2017-05-15 at 19:21

Beijing, 15 May 2017 -- Participants in China’s Belt and Road initiative have called on all parties that ratified the Paris Agreement to implement it in full, as part of a communique to be released following China’s Belt and Road forum. The...

Sustainability should be priority for China’s Belt and Road- Greenpeace

Press release | 2017-05-12 at 16:48

Beijing, May 12 2017- On Sunday, 28 government leaders will meet in Beijing for the Belt and Road summit. As China embarks on its historic investment initiative, Greenpeace urges that environmental accountability be prioritized.

Estimating Carbon Emissions from China’s Coal-to-Chemical Industry during the “13th...

Publication | 2017-04-25 at 3:00

China’s coal-and-chemical industry has long been controversial for its high level of carbon emissions. In the recently released “13th Five-year Plan for Energy”, the coal-to-chemical industry was set a number of key construction regions.

CO2 emissions from China’s coal-to-chemical industry could increase by more than 400%...

Press release | 2017-04-25 at 3:00

Beijing, 25 April, 2017 - China’s coal-to-chemical industry is projected to emit 409 million tonnes of CO2 annually by 2020 if all projects currently under construction go into operation, according to a new report released by Greenpeace East Asia...

By 2030 China's wind and solar industry could replace fossil energy sources to the...

Press release | 2017-04-11 at 15:00

Beijing, 11 April, 2017 - A new report on the co-benefits of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power in China by Greenpeace East Asia and partner organisations finds that by 2030, China’s wind and solar power generation could replace fossil energy...

Cancelling new coal plants in Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan would save 50,000 lives a year

Press release | 2017-01-19 at 16:50

Hong Kong, 13 January 2017 - Approximately 50,000 lives a year could saved by 2030 if no new coal-fired power plants are built in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, according to a groundbreaking peer reviewed study from researchers at...

5 Chinese “artivists” that took on China’s air pollution

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2017-01-12

With avenues of protest and online discussion strictly controlled, artists in China are finding increasingly creative ways to voice their frustration at their cities’ appalling air pollution. It's easy to see why: at the end of...

460 million people in China are choking on dirty air

Blog entry by Zhang Kai | 2016-12-20

460 million people in China are currently choking under a cloud of smog larger than North America. China needs to speed up its renewables revolution! North China...has looked better. Tis the season to be smoggy..

Bearing witness with Lu Guang

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-09-14

Bearing witness is at the core of Greenpeace’s mission. In China, this mission has been made possible so many times by collaboration with one particular photographer: Lu Guang. For over two decades, Lu Guang has been a dogged...

G20 is over, now it's time for action

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2016-09-07

Good news as all signals point to the Paris Agreement coming into force by the end of the year, but a frustrating lack of progress on phasing out fossil fuel subsidies demonstrates that Paris is still only the starting point. G20...

Ever wondered what it’s like to experience China’s smog?Now you can try it in a perfume.

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-08-03

Zhang Lingling, founder of a recycling non-profit, has come up with a unique way of spreading awareness about China’s smog crisis. We’ve seen smog wedding dresses , smog mask artwork and even jewelry . Now one woman from...

30% of China’s cities see air pollution worsen compared to last spring – Greenpeace

Press release | 2016-07-21 at 10:32

Beijing, 20 July, 2016 – Air pollution data from 367 cities across China shows that PM2.5 levels worsened in close to 30% of cities in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the second quarter of 2015. First tier cities Shanghai and Guangzhou are...

Two steps forward, one step back?

Blog entry by Dong Liansai | 2016-07-20

A disheartening finding on trends in China's air pollution For at least a year now China’s air quality has been seeing-except for in a handful of western cities -continuous improvements. For the first time, I was able...

Over 1 trillion rmb could be wasted on redundant coal power in China – Greenpeace report

Press release | 2016-07-13 at 10:00

Beijing, 13 July, 2016 – Beijing, 13 July, 2016 – Despite government attempts to reign in China’s coal power overcapacity crisis, Greenpeace research finds that a total of over 1 trillion rmb could be wasted on excess capacity by 2020. Despite a...

Burning Money

Publication | 2016-07-13 at 10:00

After two decades of breakneck growth in coal-fired power generation, power generation from coal finally slowed down in 2011 and turned into a decline in 2013, as a result of booming clean energy and slowing power demand growth. While this...

Greenpeace East Asia responds to IEA report on Energy and Air Pollution

Press release | 2016-06-28 at 11:56

Beijing, Monday June 27 - The IEA’s report on Energy and Air Pollution, released today, underlines the urgency in moving to clean forms of energy if we are to stop millions of premature deaths around the world. The WHO (World Health...

Greenpeace calls on Hong Kong Government to demand suspension of Taishan Nuclear...

Press release | 2016-06-21 at 18:04

19 April 2016, Hong Kong – Greenpeace is calling on the Hong Kong government to protect its residents and demand China suspend construction of the world’s largest nuclear reactors amid safety concerns being raised from an identical project in...

Meet Wen Fang, the artivist turning pollution masks into absurd works of art

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2016-06-08

Sick of feeling helpless in the face of China’s toxic air pollution plague, Beijing based artist Wen Fang set out to tackle the problem in the only way she knew how: through her art. Two years later, her photography project ‘Maskbook’...

Study on Economics of Coal-fired Power Generation Projects in China Report

Publication | 2016-04-28 at 16:51

After analyzing the thermal-power (coal-power) related phemonenon and data of the power sector in 2015, the mismatching of use and resources remains complex. With a 2.3% annual drop in thermal power generation and only 0.5% growth in total...

China’s air pollution problem is heading west

Blog entry by Dong Liansai | 2016-04-20

The data is in, and at first glance it looks like good news. China’s air quality has improved overall, but much of its less developed middle and western cities have seen marked increases in PM2.5 levels. 2016 has already...

As eastern China’s air quality improves rapidly, 69 cities in central and western...

Press release | 2016-04-20 at 9:11

Beijing, 20 April, 2016 – Greenpeace East Asia’s city rankings for the first quarter of 2016 show significant improvements in average air quality in 362 cities across the country. The improvements are particularly rapid in eastern China’s three...

Data shows China’s economy is breaking free from coal - Greenpeace

Press release | 2016-04-15 at 11:11

Beijing, 15 April, 2016 - A trove of data on economic performance in the first quarter of 2016, released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics this morning, shows that while China’s overall economy saw some improvement, coal use and CO2...

Boom and Bust 2016

Publication | 2016-04-06 at 11:40

The world has too many coal-fired power plants, yet the power industry continues to build more. While the amount of electricity generated from coal has declined for two years in a row, the industry has ignored this trend and continues to build...

China begins to suspend coal-fired power plant approvals, Greenpeace response

Press release | 2016-03-24 at 16:20

Beijing, 24 March, 2016 - Chinese media today reported that the country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has ordered 13 provincial governments to suspend approvals of new coal-fired power plant projects until the end of 2017. [1] Another...

How the Coal Industry is Aggravating the Global Water Crisis

Publication | 2016-03-23 at 17:28

In its Global Risks Report 2015, the World Economic Forum stated “water security is one of the most tangible and fastest-growing social, political and economic challenges faced today.”1 Out of all industrial production, the coal industry...

How coal is sucking the life out of the Kuye River Basin

Blog entry by Qi Meng | 2016-03-22

The Kuye River Basin in Northern China is already suffering from severe water stress. So why is the development of water-intensive coal power continuing to be permitted there? Walking into Wuchengong Village it’s hard to believe...

UPDATE: Is China doubling down on its coal power bubble?

Publication | 2016-03-02 at 11:24

In January-December 2015, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and provincial Environmental Protection Bureaus gave at least one positive permitting decision to a total of 210 coal-fired power plants with a total capacity of 169 gigawatts...

Greenpeace: In spite of China’s overcapacity crisis, 210 new coal fired power plants...

Press release | 2016-03-02 at 11:00

Beijing, 2 March, 2016 – An updated Greenpeace East Asia report has found that in 2015 a total of 210 new coal fired power plants were granted environmental permits, in spite of the sector’s severe overcapacity problem. Moreover, the rate at...

China’s CO2 emissions continued to fall in 2015 – Greenpeace response

Press release | 2016-02-29 at 12:18

Beijing, 29 February, 2016 – Statistics released today by the National Bureau of Statistics show that a fall in China’s coal consumption and CO2 emissions continued for a second year in a row 2015. The fall in coal use over past two years was...

Clean Air Action Plan: The Way Forward

Publication | 2016-02-22 at 16:00

Greenpeace analysis of satellite-based particulate matter measurements over the past decade shows that China’s systematic efforts to combat air pollution have achieved an impressive improvement in average air quality in the country in the past...

Suspected Illegal Construction of Coal Chemical Plants in northwest China

Press release | 2016-01-26 at 11:33

Greenpeace, Beijing 14 Sept 2015 – A Greenpeace East Asia investigation has revealed evidence that 15% of all modern coal chemical projects currently under construction, or 8 out of 53, are likely proceeding without the required permission from...

Pipe Dreams

Publication | 2016-01-21 at 12:16

In this report, Greenpeace explores the development of China’s coal-to-chemical sector and environmental problems of the industry. We look at the efforts of one such SOE, the Datang group, one of China’s top 5 state-owned power sector giants,...

So what happened with China's pollution in 2015?

Blog entry by Dong Liansai | 2016-01-20 1 comment

Greenpeace East Asia has released its City Rankings for 2015   following one of the worst winters on record. Data from 366 cities across China was collected and analysed and ranked by pollution levels.    What a year for smog...

Greenpeace City Rankings 2015 Summary

Publication | 2016-01-20 at 10:00

Greenpeace East Asia’s 2015 annual city rankings show that average PM2.5 concentration in 189 cities around China fell by 10% compared to 2014 levels. However, 80% of a set of 366 cities in China still fail to meet the national standard on air...

Greenpeace: China saw average PM2.5 levels fall by 10% in 2015, but 80% of cities...

Press release | 2016-01-20 at 10:00

Beijing, 20 January 2016 - Greenpeace East Asia’s 2015 annual city rankings show that average PM2.5 concentration in 189 cities around China fell by 10% compared to 2014 levels. However, 80% of a set of 366 cities in China still fail to meet the...

Greenpeace reaction to the Beijing government’s issuing of a severe pollution red alert

Press release | 2015-12-08 at 12:28

Beijing, December 8, 2015 – Greenpeace East Asia notes the positive step the Beijing city government has taken in issuing a red alert for severe pollution (defined as a period when AQI is over 200 and predicted to last more than 3 days), a move...

Falling Fast: It wasn’t just stock prices that dropped in China recently

Blog entry by Dong Liansai | 2015-07-22

As stocks in China’s bull market suddenly slipped last month, another downward trend gives us slightly more cause for optimism.   Greenpeace East Asia revealed the results of its quarterly air quality rankings today. By province,...

China submits post-2020 climate targets

Press release | 2015-06-30 at 21:27

Paris/Beijing, 30 June, 2015 – China submitted a carbon intensity reduction target of 60-65% by 2030, based on 2005 levels, to the UN as part of its climate plan (INDC), according to media reports. The announcement came as Chinese premier Li...

INDC- Four letters that will shape the future of the planet

Blog entry by Anna McGurk | 2015-06-25

China has dominated climate and energy news these past few weeks. But soon, four letters are going to top the headlines: INDC. So what's it all about? What are INDCs? Understanding INDCs requires a brief struggle with UN...

Korean Internet giant Naver commits to 100% renewable energy - Greenpeace

Press release | 2015-06-03 at 14:24

Seoul, 3 June, 2015 – Naver, the Korean internet search giant and parent company of social media platform Line, has promised to power its data center in Korea with 100% renewable energy, following the global trend set by Google, Apple, Facebook...

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Greenpeace activists demand end to record breaking Beijing pollution

Press release | 2014-10-11 at 11:41

Beijing, 10 October 2014 - Air pollution in Beijing today broke a new record, with “hazardous levels” lasting more than 50 hours for the first time this year. Fine particulate matter, known as PM2.5 measured over 15 times safe levels set by the...

Chinese Environment Ministry warns on Water pollution

Blog entry by Damian Kahya | 2014-06-09

China's Environment Ministry has warned the country faces severe water pollution, soil erosion and acid rain - as air quality issues continue to dog many of the country's largest cities. The official China Environmental Situation ...

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