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Energy conservation policy in China

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Abstract

Energy market developments and the state of the environment will be decisive for economic growth and modernization of Chinese society. Lack of adequate energy supplies could in the future seriously impair the growth potential of the economy, as it has partly done during the 1980s. Environmental damage creates major health problems for the population and hamper the productive capacity of Chinese agriculture and industry. One obvious and effective measure to meet these challenges is a policy that pursues more efficient use of energy supplies. China achieved impressive results in energy efficiency improvements during the 1980s, largely on the back of the cheapest and most obvious conservation opportunities. These are now exhausted. Further improvements will require stronger measures. It is difficult to see how the current rate of economic growth (above 6 per cent) and energy efficiency improvements can be sustained without comprehensive market reforms. Economic growth and development is however, in Chinese policy, subordinate to political stability and continuity. The disruption of the political and economic reform processes in 1988-9 was largely motivated by a perceived fear of political instability and disintegration of the state. Thus, there may exist some degree of conflict between the objective of strong economic growth  More>>
Authors:
Haugland, T; Roland, K [1] 
  1. ECON-Centre for Economic Analysis, Oslo (NO)
Publication Date:
Feb 01, 1992
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
GB-92-050842; EDB-92-068130
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Oxford Energy Forum; (United Kingdom); Journal Volume: 8
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; CHINA; ENERGY CONSERVATION; ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; ENERGY POLICY; MARKET; POLITICAL ASPECTS; ASIA; EFFICIENCY; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; 291000* - Energy Planning & Policy- Conservation
OSTI ID:
5640514
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 0959-7727; CODEN: OENFE
Submitting Site:
GB
Size:
Pages: 12-14
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Haugland, T, and Roland, K. Energy conservation policy in China. United Kingdom: N. p., 1992. Web.
Haugland, T, & Roland, K. Energy conservation policy in China. United Kingdom.
Haugland, T, and Roland, K. 1992. "Energy conservation policy in China." United Kingdom.
@misc{etde_5640514,
title = {Energy conservation policy in China}
author = {Haugland, T, and Roland, K}
abstractNote = {Energy market developments and the state of the environment will be decisive for economic growth and modernization of Chinese society. Lack of adequate energy supplies could in the future seriously impair the growth potential of the economy, as it has partly done during the 1980s. Environmental damage creates major health problems for the population and hamper the productive capacity of Chinese agriculture and industry. One obvious and effective measure to meet these challenges is a policy that pursues more efficient use of energy supplies. China achieved impressive results in energy efficiency improvements during the 1980s, largely on the back of the cheapest and most obvious conservation opportunities. These are now exhausted. Further improvements will require stronger measures. It is difficult to see how the current rate of economic growth (above 6 per cent) and energy efficiency improvements can be sustained without comprehensive market reforms. Economic growth and development is however, in Chinese policy, subordinate to political stability and continuity. The disruption of the political and economic reform processes in 1988-9 was largely motivated by a perceived fear of political instability and disintegration of the state. Thus, there may exist some degree of conflict between the objective of strong economic growth and the existing 'social order and stability'. To balance the potential conflict inherent in this development process is the big challenge facing Chinese society for the coming decades. (author).}
journal = {Oxford Energy Forum; (United Kingdom)}
volume = {8}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1992}
month = {Feb}
}