Governing China's clean energy transition: Policy reforms, flexible implementation and the need for empirical investigation

Tek Sheng Kevin LO*

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Abstract

In the ten years since committing to clean energy transition, China has formulated a large number of policies and programs to achieve some very ambitious targets. This paper argues that the dearth of empirical studies concerning the implementation of these new policies and programs has created a knowledge gap between official policy documents, which are vague and lacking in specifics, and official policy outcomes, which are unreliable. In particular, the merits and limitations of flexible implementation with regard to desirable outcomes need to be debated and clarified. This paper calls for more empirical investigation in four areas as a starting point: (1) the nature and extent of flexibility in the implementation; (2) implementation strategies and their impacts; (3) factors that shape the behavior of local officials responsible for implementation; and (4) the relationship between the central-local relation and policy implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13255-13264
Number of pages10
JournalEnergies
Volume8
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

User-Defined Keywords

  • China
  • Clean energy transition
  • Flexible implementation
  • Policy

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