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Overview of research on China's transition to low-carbon development: The role of cities, technologies, industries and the energy system

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  • Wang, Chen
  • Engels, Anita
  • Wang, Zhaohua

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China is experiencing a transition to low-carbon economic development. This paper assesses the current literature on the potentials of and barriers to China's transition to low-carbon development, identifying promising fields of action and suggesting a research agenda that systematically addresses the shortcomings. Through a broad literature review, we select three main research areas of interest: low-carbon cities, low-carbon technologies and industries, and the transition of China's energy system. As an innovative work, we also summarize some specific issues discussed more in Chinese journals but less in English language ones. Some elements of a more comprehensive research agenda that can improve the understanding of China's ability to enter a low-carbon development pathway are suggested.

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  • Wang, Chen & Engels, Anita & Wang, Zhaohua, 2018. "Overview of research on China's transition to low-carbon development: The role of cities, technologies, industries and the energy system," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 81(P1), pages 1350-1364.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:rensus:v:81:y:2018:i:p1:p:1350-1364
    DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2017.05.099
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