China Energy Group provides initial assessment of China's energy data revisions
[13 September, 2010] In July 2010, China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) published revised energy production, consumption, and intensity data covering the years 1996 to 2008. Total Chinese primary energy use was revised upward for all years between 1998 and 2008. This was largely due to upwardly revised industry coal combustion, which also helped to account for an overall upward shift in the carbon intensiveness of Chinese energy production. Sub-sector final energy use data were also revised, though the changes are generally not visible at a total final energy use level. Perhaps most importantly for policy makers, the 2010 energy revisions brought the country closer to achieving its energy intensity reduction targets. This initial and limited assessment of China's energy statistical revisions found the changes and implications to be significant.
The full assessment is available here.