Chinese Law has been impacted by the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement

The landmark international agreement codified in the Kyoto Protocol had a profound impact in domestic chinese policies. This included the establishment of the National Coordination Committee on Climate Change (NCCCC), a conglomerate of over a dozen agencies and ministries furthering the goals of the Kyoto Protocol, and now, the Paris Climate Accord. The author is deft in explaining how being a signatory to the two agreements, and more specifically the Kyoto Protocol, has changed the sourcing of energy production for the nation. By 2030 the nation hopes to: - To achieve the peaking of carbon dioxide emissions around 2030 and making best efforts to peak early; - To lower carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 60% to 65% from the 2005 level; - To increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20%; and - To increase the forest stock volume by around 4.5 billion cubic meters on the 2005 level. From these goals, the chapter delves into the ways in which China has evolved on the issue of importance to the global community: anthropocentric climate change. With the increase in economic stature for the country, they have now been able to place new priorities onto this goal, and have given a sincere good-faith effort in launching these goals into a sphere of the political conscious that allows for lasting change within Chinese statutes and practices.