Enforcing energy and environmental policies in China

YuanXuChina Studies Centre, University of Sydney

Yuan Xu

12.30pm – 2.00pm, Wednesday 27 January 2016
Room 5040, Level 5, Business School Abercrombie Building
H70, Abercrombie St & Codrington St, Darlington NSW 2006

China is the world’s largest energy producer, consumer and emitter of many major pollutants, creating problems with unprecedented scales and urgency. On the one hand, her weak rule of law often results in ineffective policy enforcement and prevalent non-compliance to witness unacceptable energy-related environmental crises. On the other hand, starting from unfavorable background, China becomes the world’s largest market of renewable energy, rapidly improves energy efficiency and installs pollution control facilities at astonishing rates. In this talk, I will analyze the enforcement of various energy and environmental policies in China from the perspectives of regulators and polluters, and propose a generalizable theory to explain phenomena and guide efforts.

Dr Yuan Xu is an assistant professor at the Department of Geography and Resource Management and leads the Environmental Policy and Governance Programme in the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research centers on energy and environmental policies in China, especially on their enforcement and compliance. Before joining CUHK in August 2010, Dr. Xu received a Ph.D. degree in public policy in February 2010 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University and conducted postdoctoral training in between at the Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds an M.S. degree in climatology, a B.S. degree in atmospheric sciences and a bachelor’s degree in economics, all from Peking University.

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