Energy conservation in China's Twelfth Five-Year Plan period: Continuation or paradigm shift?

Kevin Lo, Mark Y. Wang

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Abstract

The release of the Twelfth Five-Year Guideline for National Economic and Social Development in March 2011 marked the beginning of China’s Twelfth Five-Year Plan (12th FYP) period (2011–2015). Energy conservation continues to be a national priority. Since the release, new energy conservation policies and programs have been announced by many central ministries in accordance with the 12th FYP. Is this the beginning of a new paradigm or merely a continuation of the 11th FYP model? This paper describes and analyzes key changes in energy conservation since 2011, including a more conservative national energy conservation target, a more logical way of breaking down the target, new sectoral targets, the introduction of new programs, and the expansion of existing programs. However, one key problem of the 11th FYP period remains unresolved, namely the inability to shift the economy away from heavy industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-507
Number of pages9
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume18
Early online date23 Nov 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

User-Defined Keywords

  • Energy conservation
  • Energy and climate policy
  • Policy analysis
  • 12th FYP China

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