• Philip Andrews-SpeedEmail author
  • Sufang Zhang
Part of the Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies book series (PSAPS)


China has made extraordinary progress in cleaning up its energy sector at a time of continuing economic growth. It is a world leader in low-carbon electricity and related manufacturing, considerable progress has been made in respect to the use of fossil fuels and the government is facing up to the challenges of managing the resource nexus. Yet these achievements have come at a huge cost and have required sustained political commitment. The next significant step will be the launch of a national carbon emission trading system, alongside market reforms in the power sector. However, these programmes are unlikely to yield the desired results without wider reforms in the institutional environment and the organisational field of energy.


World leader Low-carbon electricity Cost Political commitment Coordination 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.North China Electric Power UniversityBeijingChina

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