China’s Twin Quests for Energy Security and Low-carbon Transition

Written by Guy C.K. Leung. Another round of the UN climate conference will be held in New York on 23 September, and it is a good time to review the energy governance of the world’s biggest carbon emitter, and its implication for global climate change. China faces an “energy dilemma” as it seeks to ensure continuity …

Climate Change Legislation: China Has Politics, Too

Written by Terry Townshend. National legislation is often cited as a critical element of a credible and effective international response to climate change. National laws not only help to create the political conditions that enable an international climate change agreement to be reached but, once the new agreement is sealed, it is national legislation that will put …

How institutions will constrain China’s efforts to build a low-carbon energy sector

Written by Philip Andrews-Speed. Moving to a low-carbon economy is not just a technological issue, but necessarily involves changes across the whole of a society. This realisation has led to the application of concepts such as ‘socio-technical regime’, ‘regime transition’ and ‘adaptive capacity’ in order to examine the nature of the challenges facing any society …

Market-based solutions to climate change in China

Written by Alex Lo. A new carbon market is emerging in China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter. According to the World Bank, China now houses the world’s second largest carbon market, after the EU. Carbon markets allow the trading of the rights to emit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions among GHG-emitting entities. Seven pilot emission trading …

Special Issue: China’s stake in climate change

Premier Li Keqiang’s recent visit to the UK resulted in number of deals around climate change and clean energy. A few weeks later similar deals were reached with the U.S. These agreements received widespread attention in the media, with a focus on the speed with which policy in China has switched towards attempting to tackle …