Climate Mitigation Policy in China- Special Supplement of Climate Policy Journal

About the Project

Concerned about a range of environmental problems and health risks from burning fossil fuels and steeply rising oil imports, and facing great pressure both inside and outside international climate negotiations to be more ambitious in combating global climate change, China, from its own perspective cannot afford to and, from an international perspective, is not meant to continue on the conventional path of encouraging economic growth at the expense of the environment.

Clearly, balancing China’s energy needs to fuel its economic growth against the resulting potential impacts of climate change presents an enormous climate policy dilemma, not simply for China but for the entire world. This is the major reason why the role of China is an issue of perennial concern at international climate change negotiations. Given that China is already the world’s largest energy consumer and carbon emitter, and that its energy use and carbon emissions continue to rise rapidly as it approaches the status of being the world’s largest economy, there is an ever increasing interest in what policies and measures China has put in place to save energy and limit emissions, how effective these policies and measures are, to what extent China can go beyond its current efforts, and what new policies and measures are needed to be enacted to get there, just to mention a few.

Against this background, this special supplement will discuss China’s vision of low-carbon green growth strategy and explore concrete, constructive and realistic solutions in order for China to be successful in making such a transition.
The special supplement will include the following seven main papers:

1. China’s low-carbon green growth strategy

2. Economic analysis of meeting the energy and emissions goals

3. China pilot carbon trading scheme and environmental/carbon taxes

4. Low-carbon city development in China

5. Energy conservation and carbon mitigation in key energy-consuming industries

6. The peak and national cap on China’s coal consumption.

The Special Supplement of the Climate Policy Journal is published by Taylor and Francis Group in partnership with Climate Strategies.

The Climate Policy journal thanks the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), an organisation striving to achieve large scale sustainable impact in less developed countries. With their support the Special Supplement is made permanently freely available online here.