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Urbanisation and Green Growth in China

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    This working paper assesses national policy and governance mechanisms that can influence green growth in Chinese cities. It applies the OECD conceptual framework for urban green growth to examine the potential challenges and opportunities for increasing economic growth through reducing the environmental impact of urban land use, transport and buildings; through improving water and air quality; and through fostering supply and demand of green products and services. The paper first situates the issue of green growth within the nexus of urbanisation and environmental challenges now facing China. This is followed by a review of environmental and quality of life challenges posed by rapid urbanisation. Opportunities for national policies to influence green growth in four key urban policy sectors are then examined. The paper concludes with an assessment of governance challenges and considers potential changes to facilitate economic growth while reducing the environmental impact of cities.

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    Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Regional Development Working Papers with number 2013/7.

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    Date of creation: 17 May 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:oec:govaab:2013/7-en

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    Keywords: sustainable development; innovation; transport; renewable energy; climate change; China; energy efficiency; urban sustainability; cities; green growth; green economy; urban development; regional clusters; attractiveness; metro-region; multi-level governance; green technologies; green cities;

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