Authors: Philip Bosah*, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan
Topics: China, Environment, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Renewable energy, Fossil fuel, Greenhouse gases, China
Session Type: Lightning Paper
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Hampton Room, Omni, East
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The increasing threat of global warming has brought together countries from all over the world with the sole aim of mitigating the effect and reversing the trend of climate change. Fossil fuels are perhaps the singular most important source of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming.
For instance, China is the second largest economy in the world and has an enormous amount of energy consumption with more than 85% of her primary energy resources gotten from fossil fuels. However, China has recently been investing in numerous renewable energy sources such as Wind, Solar Hydropower, Marine as alternative sources, although these alternative sources comes with some challenges like economic, social and environmental aspirations. China has been faithful in her quest to reduce greenhouse gas emission. Between 2014 and 2015 about 25% of her electrical energy produced has come from solar and wind energies (Musa et al 2017). Laws to enhance the maximum capitalization and consumption of these energies are yet to be provided causing lots of short comings. There is need for the Chinese government to put in place laws that will help support consumption and production of this renewable energy such as subsizing production, allocating more funds to this sector for research and production. This will help to reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels and reduce Greenhouse gas emission.