Governing energy consumption in China: a comprehensive assessment of the energy conservation target responsibility system

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Abstract

The governance of energy consumption in China is of environmental significance from the standpoints of preventing local air pollution and global climate change. At the heart of China’s energy governance system is the energy conservation target responsibility system (ECTRS). This article examines this important governance instrument from three key aspects. First, it explains the role of the ECTRS in China’s authoritarian yet decentralized governance system. Second, it traces the development of the ECTRS over the last decade, with a specific focus on the reforms introduced in the 13th 5-Year Plan (2016–2020), particularly the energy caps. Third, it analyzes the limitations of the ECTRS and provides a policy outlook in the context of growing domestic and international interests in energy conservation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-67
Number of pages11
JournalEnergy Transitions
Volume4
Issue number1
Early online date2 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

User-Defined Keywords

  • Energy conservation
  • Energy policy
  • Target responsibility system
  • Energy caps
  • China

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