Published Date : Sep 30, 2015
According to a new study conducted by the University of California, the goods manufactured in China are associated with considerably higher carbon dioxide emissions compared to the same products made elsewhere. The study has claimed that the ‘made in China’ goods are potentially accelerating climate change. According to Steven J Davis, an assistant professor at University of California, who co-authored the study, the growth in Chinese manufacturing sector in the last 15 years has supplied consumers in the developed countries with cheaper goods. However, this has come at greater cost to the environment.
The study attributes the high intensity of carbon dioxide emissions in China to the country’s outdated manufacturing processes and dependence on coal. According to co-author Klaus Hubacek, a professor at the University of Maryland, the emissions related to the goods exported by China are large due to the manufacturing technologies being less advanced. In an earlier study, Davis had shown that how the outsourcing of manufacturing process by developed countries to low wage economies such as China led to industrial pollution. This new study demonstrates that how the consumption of China-made products by consumers in developed economies will rapidly push the global climate change that is going to affect each of the countries.
The researchers have stated that mineral processors, steel mills, and petrochemical plants in Yunnan, Guizhou, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, and Ningxia are among the dirtiest industries in China. The developed economies have not been able to reduce pollution by outsourcing the manufacturing activities to these plants. According to the lead author Zhu Liu from Harvard University, policymakers in China need to promote less energy-intensive manufacturing practices and equipment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions