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Environmental regulations and emissions trading in China

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  • Chang, Yen-Chiang
  • Wang, Nannan
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    This paper begins with the international context concerning climate change and how China fits into this context. Concentration is then turning into the emissions control system in China including environmental planning, legislation, policy instruments and measures as well as institutional setting in China's environmental governance system. Special attentions also being paid to emissions control in China's power sector. It should be noted that the pollution discharge permit system in China only exists superficially in many places. Insufficient resources are applied to the implementation of the said permit system, which in turn means that the system is applied according to differing standards in different parts of the country. The findings of this paper suggested that emissions trading programmes are usually introduced alongside the existing policies. The power sector usually has numerous other policy objectives and therefore the design and implementation of emissions trading programmes in the sector will have to address concern about the compatibility of existing industry policies.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Policy.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 7 (July)
    Pages: 3356-3364

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:38:y:2010:i:7:p:3356-3364

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    Keywords: Emissions trading Total load control Chinese environmental law;

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    1. Zhou, P. & Zhang, L. & Zhou, D.Q. & Xia, W.J., 2013. "Modeling economic performance of interprovincial CO2 emission reduction quota trading in China," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 112(C), pages 1518-1528.
    2. Ding, Yi & Yang, Hongliang, 2013. "Promoting energy-saving and environmentally friendly generation dispatching model in China: Phase development and case studies," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 57(C), pages 109-118.
    3. Svetlana Maslyuk & Dinusha Dharmaratna, 2011. "Comparative analysis of the existing and proposed ETS," Development Research Unit Working Paper Series 15-11, Monash University, Department of Economics.
    4. Ciwei, Gao & Yang, Li, 2010. "Evolution of China's power dispatch principle and the new energy saving power dispatch policy," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(11), pages 7346-7357, November.

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