China as a Global Clean Energy Champion: Goals and Achievements

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


This chapter presents some of the evidence that has persuaded observers to see China as a global clean energy champion. The term ‘clean energy’ is applied to a wide range of reductions of environmental damage caused by energy supply chains within China. The chapter provides key background information on trends since 1990 with respect to China’s production and consumption of energy, installed energy infrastructure, energy intensity and carbon emissions, and draws attention to China’s deployment and exports of clean energy technologies. The chapter’s structure broadly follows the government’s five-year planning cycle and concludes with some perspectives on the outlook for China’s carbon emissions from energy and on the likely outcome of the Energy Revolution Strategy 2016–2030.


Clean energy Renewable energy Technology Five-year plan 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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