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China's Climate Change Policy

This research is a sub-study of the Global governance programme at FNI, and looks at current developments in Chinese climate change policy. The study focuses especially on industry's role in Chinese climate change policymaking and efforts along the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP) and UN tracks.

China is a key country in the climate regime due to its status as the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and its energy and climate change policies therefore have global impacts. China has been active in the climate change negotiations under the UN, but has no emission reduction commitments as of yet. Due to its growing global importance, both politically and economically, the global community has increasing expectations from China in global climate change mitigation efforts.

This sub-study is a continuation of long-term research on Chinese energy and climate change policy carried out at FNI. It will especially focus on the role of private business actors and the industrial sector in energy and climate change decision-making and efforts, related to various bi- and multilateral tracks. The industrial sector has seen less focus in research on China's energy and climate change work, even though the importance of involving industry actors in the climate change efforts in China is beyond question.

The research will focus on the following topics:
   Chinese climate change policy: Including the institutional decision-making and implementation frameworks, developments within relevant government bodies; the roles of institutional and industry actors.
   The UN track and the post-2012 period: Including Chinese and international developments in the period leading up to COP15 in Copenhagen; China at COP15 and its involvement in the post-2012 regime; the Clean Development Mechanism in China.
   The Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP): China has been a member of the APP since its initiation and projects have been developed within the APP framework. The study focuses on the policymaking for APP and China's participation in the partnership; the roles of institutional and industry actors; APP in relation to the UN track; concrete projects and their participants.

Project team:
Inga Fritzen Buan (project leader)
Gørild Heggelund
Steinar Andresen

Project period: 2009


Heggelund, Gørild M. and Inga Fritzen Buan, 'China in the Asia-Pacific Partnership: Consequences for UN Climate Change Mitigation Efforts?'. International Environmental Agreements, Vol 9, No 3, 2009, pp. 301-317.
 Related focal points of research:

   Chinese energy and environmental politics
   Climate change

Project funding:

   Fridtjof Nansen Institute

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