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Electrifying China’s industry is critical to meeting climate goals

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🗞️ Driving the news: China's industrial sector emits more greenhouse gases than the entire United States, with 3.6 gigatons of emissions in 2020, accounting for 61% of China's total CO2 pollution
• Transitioning to clean electricity for industrial heat through heat pumps and thermal batteries offers a solution

🔭 The context: China is the world's largest emitter of climate pollution. Nearly three-quarters of its industrial emissions come from supplying heat for processes like melting metals and molding plastic
• Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Energy Innovation propose electrification as a feasible path forward

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Decarbonizing China's industrial heat is crucial for global climate goals
• Electrified heat production can lower CO2 emissions, improving air quality and reducing health risks

⏭️ What's next: Policymakers need to support the adoption of heat pumps and thermal batteries through subsidies, carbon pricing, and infrastructure investment
• Ensuring these technologies are commercialized and widely adopted is essential.

💬 One quote: "Heat pumps can be the most cost-effective method for low temperature heat and are extremely efficient – the only technology that can be more than 100% efficient at turning electricity into heat."

📈 One stat: China's industrial heat pumps can provide temperatures up to 165°C, ideal for industries like food and textiles, while thermal batteries can reach up to 1,700°C, covering over two-thirds of industrial heating needs.

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