When Will China Become the World’s Largest Emitter of CO2?
Within the next few decades, China will be the largest emitter of CO2 in the world. As China continues to expand its economy and the Chinese strive for a higher standard of living (if not wealth), energy demand -- and associated CO2 emissions -- are certain to grow. At the same time, the Chinese have also committed themselves to environmental improvement and increased energy efficiency. This talk addresses these tensions among energy, economic growth, and environment in Chinas future.
Affiliate, International Energy Analysis Department, Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division
Mark D. Levine was director of the Environmental Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) from 1996-2006.The Division is a leader in research on buildings energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and various clean energy technologies.It also played a leadership role in analysis of energy efficiency issues, an area that Dr. Levine built up during his leadership of the Energy Analysis Program from 1983-1996.
His major passion in the past two decades has involved analyzing and promoting energy efficiency in China. He was the Director of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center—Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) at LBNL. Dr. Levine is a board member of five leading non-profits in the United States (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Center for Clean Air Policy, Center for Resource Solutions, the US-China Green Energy Council, and California Clean Energy Fund, an innovative green venture capital fund) and one in Asia. He has founded or co-founded two successful non-profits, including the acclaimed Beijing Energy Efficiency Center. He is a member of the Energy Advisory Board of Dow Chemical Company and the Advisory Board of the Asian Pacific Energy Research Centre in Tokyo. In 1999, he was elected a fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology. In 2008, he was selected as the recipient of the prestigious Obayashi Prize, awarded by the Obayashi Foundation of Japan to one person every two years for contributions to sustainable development, especially in urban areas.
In addition to authoring numerous technical publications, Dr. Levine has led a series of high-profile energy analysis activities: he had overall responsibility for the IPCC chapters on mitigating carbon emissions in buildings (2nd assessment report) and shared responsibility (4th assessment report); he was co-leader of the report “Scenarios for a Clean Energy Future” for the United States and co-leader of a major study of energy and carbon futures of China.
Dr. Levine graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, earned a PhD from the University of California, and has been the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and National Institute of Health doctoral awards.