The International Energy Agency has further brought forward its forecast on when China will become the world’s biggest polluter to 2007 from 2010. Only three years ago, they were predicting not before 2025!
Coal-fired power stations are big cause of rising greenhouse gas emissions in China, says the IEA.
Will this result in a harder approvals process for not only coal-fired power stations, but also coal to chemicals?
And what about the international response to China’s growing greenhouse gas threat? Will it become harder to invest in China?
Or do you care? Maybe not now, but you might in a few years’ time when you either cannot build more ethylene and C2 derivatives to serve the China market, or have to find some new, cleaner ways of making C2s from renewables.