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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 1-15
  3. Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 17-32
  4. Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 33-68
  5. Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 69-103
  6. Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 105-136
  7. Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 163-191
  8. Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 193-214
  9. Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 215-243
  10. Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 245-263
  11. Philip Andrews-Speed, Sufang Zhang
    Pages 265-274
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 275-339

About this book

Introduction

This book considers China’s role as a rising champion of clean energy and document the policy decisions and actions which have underpinned this evolution. It considers the construction of the world’s largest fleets of advanced coal-fired power stations, wind farms and solar photovoltaic arrays, examines sustained efforts to reduce national GDP intensities of energy and CO2 emissions, and assesses the rhetoric of government announcements on national policy and international commitments, including the Thirteenth Five-year Plan for Energy (2016-2020). The book notably considers the factors that have supported these achievements, including the availability of large amounts of capital, the role of state-owned companies with soft budgetary constraints, and many forms of indirect support from local governments. It also explores the obstacles to reaching the formal goals of reducing air pollution and CO2 emissions as well as the costs and unintended consequences of these policies, and identifies those parts of the energy supply chain where the governance of energy has been less effective in terms of energy efficiency and environmental protection.

Keywords

Clean Energy Coal-fired Power Stations Wind Farms Solar Photovoltaic Arrays CO2 Emissions Chinese Companies Energy Efficiency Environmental Protection Public Policy Climate Change

Authors and affiliations

  • Philip Andrews-Speed
    • 1
  • Sufang Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.North China Electric Power UniversityBeijingChina

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