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China's climate- and energy-security dilemma: shaping a new path of economic growth

Chinas Klima- und Energiesicherheitsdilemma: Gestaltung eines neuen Weges des Wirtschaftswachstums
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Hallding, Karl; Han, Guoyi; Olsson, Marie

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Abstract China is undergoing modernization at a scale and speed the world has never witnessed. As climate change increasingly dominates the global agenda, China faces the challenge of shaping a new growth path in a climate-constrained world. The paper argues that China's current climate and energy policy is, at best, a "repackaging" of existing energy and environmental strategies with co-benefits for the mitigation of climate change. Nevertheless, even though policies are not climate-change driven, the quick (rhetorical) endorsement of low-carbon development and the strong momentum of green technologies indicate that political ambitions are in favour of finding a more sustainable development pathway. A new growth path would, however, require a fundamental shift, with development and energy strategies being set within climate security constraints. The eventual success of this new path remains uncertain.
Keywords China; climate change; climate protection; energy supply; energy consumption; conflict; economic growth; sustainability; strategy; success-failure
Classification Economic Policy; Ecology, Environment
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords Environmental Studies; Climate change; Sustainable development; Economic growth; Climate protection; Contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 119-134
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 38 (2009) 3
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works