Climate Mitigation Policy In China-Briefing Note 2
China is not only the world’s largest energy consumer and emitter of CO2, but is additionally expected to become the world’s largest economy within the next two decades. China’s air pollution crisis and the economic burden of rising oil imports have only compounded the urgency of formulating a viable and sufficiently ambitious plan to curtail fossil fuel dependence and CO2 emissions. The catalysts for the country’s intended low-carbon structural change are both domestic and international, as well as environmental and economic. The likelihood that China’s low-carbon energy transition will be sufficiently bold and expeditious is a matter of profound importance, not only for China but for the world.
The Climate Policy Journal has recently published a Special Supplement on China Mitigation Policies (Available here). This note by the guest editor presents a summary of the main topics discussed in the Supplement.
The first briefing note can be found here