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Administrative Limitations of China's Climate Mitigation: Players, Policies and the Portfolio

This project focuses on Chinese climate policy and relevant decision-making systems. In particular, it will look at how the administrative control of the central bureaucracy over the main emitting sectors influences China's greenhouse gas emission trend.

The project approaches the problem through exploring the role of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in two key emitting sectors: power generation and steel production. SOEs provide a number of benefits not only in terms of central control over the production activity but also financing and efficiency. In some sub-sectors, the SOEs are already a dominant structure of management, while on others (coal-fired power generation, steel) SOEs are only emerging as the leading management strategy. A number of dynamics potentially positive from climate mitigation point of view can be identified. They may also pave the way to more ambitious climate targets for China in the years to come.

Project leader: Anna Korppoo

Project period: 2012
 Related focal points of research:

   Chinese energy and environmental politics
   Climate change

Project funding:

   The Nordic working group for global climate negotiations (NOAK)

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