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China as a Global Clean Energy Champion

Lifting the Veil

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Presents an overview of China’s energy sector, applying the analytical framework to wider aspects of governance in China

  • Explores the clean electricity sector in China, both the energy industry and the manufacturing industry

  • Examines the wider context of China’s clean energy, namely fossil fuels, energy efficiency and the resource nexus. Chapter 10 assesses the outlook for carbon pricing in China

Part of the book series: Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies (PSAPS)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    • Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 1-15
  3. China as a Global Clean Energy Champion: Goals and Achievements

    • Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 17-32
  4. Transitions, Institutions and Public Policy

    • Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 33-68
  5. Governance in China

    • Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 69-103
  6. Low-Carbon Electricity

    • Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 105-136
  7. Fossil Fuels

    • Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 163-191
  8. Energy Efficiency and Conservation

    • Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 193-214
  9. The Water-Energy-Food Nexus

    • Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 215-243
  10. Carbon Pricing

    • Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 245-263
  11. Conclusions

    • Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 265-274
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 275-339

About this book

This book assesses China’s reputation as a global clean energy champion, and applies institutional and public policy theories to explain how the country has achieved so much and why there continue to be so many unintended consequences and constraints to progress. It considers the extent to which the government has successfully boosted the manufacture and deployment of low-carbon electricity generating infrastructure, cleaned up thermal power generation, and enhanced energy efficiency, dramatically constraining China’s rising carbon dioxide emissions, but also examines the substantial political and financial capital required to reinforce the predominantly administrative policy instruments and the mix of special interests and poor coordination that are endemic to the energy sector. Arguing that the current approach seems to be encountering ever diminishing returns, the book considers whether ongoing sector reforms and the new national emissions trading scheme can reinvigorate the nation’s clean energy trajectory.

Reviews

“China as a Global Clean Energy Champion: Lifting the Veil adds an interesting and important set of insights … . It provides a rare peek at what is going on behind the scenes of Chinese energy transition. Aside from area scholars, it is also widely accessible to non-specialist readers, and does a great job of writing to a broader audience. Readers will have a better understanding of China and its energy transition, and of its thoughts and practices … .” (Xiao Wang and Xiufeng Zhao, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 94 (4), December, 2021)



“This volume, China as a Global Clean Energy Champion (hereafter ‘the book’ or ‘China and Clean Energy’) is a substantial contribution to energy research and scholarship. … this book, which I heartily commend to my readers attention, is an enormously valuable contribution to international energy scholarship and literature in its own right.” (William F. Fox, OGEL, Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence, October 07, 2019)

Authors and Affiliations

  • National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

    Philip Andrews-Speed

  • North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China

    Sufang Zhang

About the authors

Philip Andrews-Speed is a Senior Principal Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore. He has 35 years in the field of energy and resources, starting his career as a mineral and oil exploration geologist before moving into the field of energy and resource governance. Until 2010 he was Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Dundee and Director of the Centre of Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy. His main research interest is the political economy of energy and resource governance. Recent books include China, Oil and Global Politics (with Roland Dannreuther) and The Governance of Energy in China: Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy.

Sufang Zhang is Professor at the School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), China. Before joining the NCEPU in 1993, she worked in provincial government as a project officer in charge of international aid programmes. Her research field focuses on energy policy, China’s renewable energy policy in particular. She has directed and participated in many renewable energy research projects supported by China’s central and local government, as well as international organizations such as the Energy Foundation China. Recent research projects include Institutional Constraints to the Renewable Energy Development in China.

 


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Hardcover Book USD 89.99
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  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
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