Taking the Measure of China’s Energy Strategies – Allan Chen

From the Lawrence Berkeley Lab:

After the United States, no nation has more potential to influence the world’s economy and environment than China, whose gross domestic product (GDP) quadrupled between 1980 and 2000, and whose economy is the world’s second largest consumer of oil.

As it continues to grow, China is projected to increase oil consumption 50 percent or more by 2020. China’s leadership is working to accomplish another doubling of its economic growth over the next 20 years ” but to do so the nation will need to make energy-policy choices.

The Environmental Energy Technologies Division in the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is home to a group of researchers who have been studying energy use and policy in China since the 1980s. The China Energy Group has provided its expertise to Chinese government agencies for many years, helping them develop energy-efficiency standards and labeling and other policies that encourage energy efficiency.

The China Energy Group has recently produced a report, Evaluation of China’s Energy Strategy Options, which lays out paths to accomplishing energy growth goals with the help of strong incentives to increase energy efficiency, as well as steps to strengthen the energy supply side, including renewable energy sources.

Download the PDF version of Evaluation of China’s Energy Strategy Options.


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