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Asia Europe Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 217–227 | Cite as

The potentials and limits of China–EU cooperation on climate change and energy security

  • Constantin HolzerEmail author
  • Haibin Zhang
Original Paper

Abstract

Due to economic interdependency through trade and investment, economies of scale, and economic complementarities, China and the European Union (EU) have a huge potential for cooperation. Already many things have happened so far. Since 2004, the cooperation on climate change has been a key issue on the political agenda of China–EU summits. In 2005, the EU and China even endorsed a “Joint Declaration on Climate Change” which emphasizes reducing the cost of clean energy key technologies for China, first and foremost through the development and deployment of near-to-zero-emission CCS technology. Letting China gain access to clean energy technology is the key issue of climate change cooperation. Despite great efforts and potential mutual benefits, this is still a field of conflicting interests. The authors argue that currently, cooperation on the transfer of clean energy technology is very limited due to rational interests of the actors and the insecurities involved in cooperation.

Keywords

European Union Civil Society Technology Transfer Clean Energy Business Community 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors owe their gratitude to Professor Ji Mi and Professor Wang Yong of the School of International Studies of Peking University for their valuable remarks and suggestions, which have contributed to this paper significantly.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International Political Economy, School of International StudiesPeking UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Departments of Development Studies, Chinese StudiesUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  3. 3.Department of International Politics, School of International StudiesPeking UniversityBeijingChina

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