, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 88–92 | Cite as

The Evolution of Environmental Management Philosophy Under Rapid Economic Development in China

  • Ping Li
  • Zhongliang Huang
  • Hai Ren
  • Hongxiao Liu
  • Quan Wang

The International Energy Agency (IEA 2010) recently reported that China consumed 2.25 × 109 tons of oil equivalents in 2009, i.e., China had become the world’s largest energy consumer. Subsequently, the National Energy Bureau of China stated that the IEA report was inaccurate (Gai 2010). This debate reminds us the two important conferences held in the end of 2009. At the first conference (the Climate Change Conference of United Nations), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2009) stated that global climate changes might be more severe than predicted. Although there is disagreement about the IPCC report (Fölster and Nyström 2010), most scientists believe that climate change is a real and severe challenge and that controlling greenhouse gas emission is the most effective way to reduce global warming (Tollefson 2010).

The goal of the second conference (The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference) was to develop a new emissions-reduction timetable. The representative...


Chinese Government Reduce Energy Consumption International Energy Agency Environmental Strategy Rapid Economic Development 
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This research was supported by the Key Supporting Project of Ministry of Science and Technology of P.R. China (2007BAC28B04, 2008BAJ10B03-5) and the Guangdong Sci-Tech Planning Project (07118249). Although the research described in this article has been funded in part by the above-mentioned agencies, it has not been subjected to the Agencies’ required peer and policy review and, therefore, does not necessarily reflect the views of the agencies and no official endorsement should be inferred. We thank Prof Bruce Jaffee for polishing the English.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Vegetation Restoration and Management of Degraded Ecosystems, South China Botanical GardenChinese Academy of SciencesGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Institute of SilvicultureShizuoka UniversityShizuokaJapan

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