Energy and Environmental Policy in China


Energy and Environmental Policy in China

Towards a Low-Carbon Economy

9781848445468 Edward Elgar Publishing
ZhongXiang Zhang, Distinguished Professor, Fudan University, China
Publication Date: 2011 ISBN: 978 1 84844 546 8 Extent: 192 pp
This pioneering book provides a comprehensive, rigorous and in-depth analysis of China’s energy and environmental policy for the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

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This pioneering book provides a comprehensive, rigorous and in-depth analysis of China’s energy and environmental policy for the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

This unique book focuses on concrete, constructive and realistic solutions to China’s unprecedented environmental pollution and rising greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels and energy security as a result of steeply rising oil imports. It provides an up-to-date factual analysis of China’s efforts and commitments to improve energy efficiency, to cut pollutants and to increase the use of renewable energy to create a low-carbon economy. The author explores many of the policies and measures that China has put in place to save energy and reduce emissions, as well as examines new policies and measures in order for China to be successful.

Energy and Environmental Policy in China will prove to be of great value to practitioners and policymakers, as well as to academies and students in the areas of economics, environmental studies, Asian studies, regional and urban studies, law, political science and sociology.
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‘. . . this book provides a well-informed and accessible account of the constraints on and the possibilities for carbon emissions reduction in China.’
– Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence

‘Energy and Environmental Policy in China represents the culmination of Zhang’s ideas on the subject over the last decade. This book’s main goal is to create a policy time line for China’s future carbon emission reductions by the middle of the 21st century. In addition, Zhang wishes to document the considerable strides in increasing energy efficiency made by China in the past several decades. The book does answer crucial questions relating to China’s carbon policies and presents a reasoned way forward for China in international negotiations.’
– Richard Louis Edmonds, The China Quarterly
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Effective Environmental Protection in the Context of Government Decentralization 3. Is it Fair to Treat China as a Christmas Tree to Hang Everybody’s Complaints? Putting its Own Energy Saving into Perspective 4. Assessing China’s Carbon Intensity Pledge for 2020: Stringency and Credibility Issues and their Implications 5. In What Format and Under What Time Frame Would China Take on Climate Commitments? A Roadmap to 2050 6. The US Proposed Carbon Tariffs, WTO Scrutiny and China’s Responses 7. Conclusions: China in the Transition to a Low-carbon Economy References Index
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