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Talk on 14 March: "Implementing energy and environmental policies in China"


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Title: Implementing energy and environmental policies in China

Speaker: Prof. Yuan Xu, Department of Geography and Resource Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Date: Wednesday, 14 March

Time: 4 PM (tea/coffee at 3:45 PM)

Location: Divecha Centre Auditorium, 2nd Floor, CAOS Building, Indian Institute of Science


China is facing numerous energy and environmental 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, which is one key reason for the unacceptable energy-related environmental crises. On the other hand, the country seems to be very capable of implementing other policies to rapidly improve energy efficiency, install pollution control facilities, and develop renewable energy. This presentation explores several theories to explain China’s failures and successes in implementing various energy and environmental policies (such as goals, standards, emission trading, and voluntary agreements) for multiple purposes (including pollution control, shale gas development, energy efficiency, renewables and black carbon mitigation). The understanding could help to make future implementation more effective and pertinent to different situations.


Prof. Yuan Xu is an associate professor in 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 and strategies, especially on their implementation as well as related technological innovation and industrial development. Before joining CUHK in August 2010, Prof. Xu received a Ph.D. degree in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University and was a postdoctoral research associate in 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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Sonali Pattanayak
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Divecha Center for Climate Change