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2011-01-31 | Peer Reviewed

Reconciling Economic Growth and Carbon Mitigation: Challenges and Policy Options in China

Cao, J. (2010) “Reconciling Economic Growth and Carbon Mitigation: Challenges and Policy Options in China,” Asian Economic Policy Review 5(1), pp110-129. (SSCI: 600IR)
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As the biggest carbon emitter in the world, China is facing tremendous pressure domestically and internationally. To promote the international efforts to tackle climate change, the Chinese government announced its 2020 carbon intensity target and is actively taking part in the international climate negotiations.

In this paper, we review some of the climate burden-sharing proposals raised by Chinese scholars to shed some light on China's perspective on the post-Kyoto climate architecture. Then we summarize China's current pollution abatement policies and measures, and analyze some potential policy instruments for China to reconcile its future economic growth and carbon mitigation, as well as some practical design and enforcement issues to be considered for the near term.