Climate Change Research ›› 2021, Vol. 17 ›› Issue (1): 27-35.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2020.202

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A review of low-carbon measurements and transition pathway of transport sector in China

YUAN Zhi-Yi1,2(), LI Zhen-Yu3, KANG Li-Ping4, TAN Xiao-Yu5, ZHOU Xin-Jun6, LI Xiao-Jin7, LI Chao3, PENG Tian-Duo1,2, OU Xun-Min1,2,8,9()   

  1. 1 Tsinghua University-Zhang Jiagang Joint Institute for Hydrogen Energy and Lithium-Ion Battery Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
    2 Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
    3 Research Center of Urban Transport and Urban Railway, China Academy of Transportation Sciences, Beijing 100029, China
    4 Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation, Beijing 100020, China
    5 Transport Planning and Research Institute, Ministry of Transport, Beijing 100028, China
    6 Railways Science & Technology Research & Development Center, China Academy of Railway Sciences Corporation Limited, Beijing 100081, China
    7 Research Center of Civil Aviation High Quality Development, Civil Aviation University of China, Tianjin 300300, China
    8 Tsinghua-Rio Tinto Joint Research Centre for Resources, Energy and Sustainable Development, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
    9 Research Center for Contemporary Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
  • Received:2020-09-07 Revised:2020-11-30 Online:2021-01-30 Published:2021-02-04
  • Contact: OU Xun-Min;


To limit global warming well below 2℃, transport sector needs to be deeply decarbonized in China. This paper presents a review analysis of current greenhouse gas emission and future trend of transport sector, and a discussion about the low carbon pathways based on the potentials and costs of different mitigation strategies. Greenhouse gas emissions from transport sector will keep increasing rapidly in future several years. Road transport remains the highest proportion, while emission from civil aviation enjoys the most rapid growth. The available mitigation options can be categorized into four groups: structural changes including new customer behavior and demand, disruptive technologies including autonomous vehicles, alternative fuel technologies and fuel economy improvement. To decarbonize transport sector, stricter fuel economy standards should be implemented, alternative fuel vehicles should be prompted and feasible measures should be adopted to lead the structural transition.

Key words: Transport sector, Low-carbon transition pathway, China

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