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CDM potential for rural transition in China case study: Options in Yinzhou district, Zhejiang province


Zhao, Xingshu; Michaelowa, Axel (2006). CDM potential for rural transition in China case study: Options in Yinzhou district, Zhejiang province. Energy Policy, 34(14):1867-1882.

Abstract

This paper aims to examine the potential of the clean development mechanism (CDM) to address energy- related issues during the rural transition process in China, using a case study of quickly urbanizing and industrializing Yinzhou district in coastal Zhejiang province. Yinzhou's per capita GDP reached US Dollar 3100 in 2002, three times China's average, and is targeted to achieve 10,000 Dollar in 2020.
We assess the current energy status of Yinzhou, and provide projections of energy consumption and CO2 emissions up to the year 2020. Energy resource shortages and limited possibilities to obtain coal-fired electricity from national grid illustrate the opening gap between energy supply and demand. We find that Yinzhou's CDM potential is concentrated in efficiency improvement on the demand side. In that context, we suggest to systematically explore the CDM potential in the industrial sector. Projects will have to involve many stakeholders and the necessary local capacity has to be built. These CDM projects can be considered as killing three birds with one stone, namely maintaining continuous economic growth, alleviating local environmental pollution as well as mitigating global climate change.

Abstract

This paper aims to examine the potential of the clean development mechanism (CDM) to address energy- related issues during the rural transition process in China, using a case study of quickly urbanizing and industrializing Yinzhou district in coastal Zhejiang province. Yinzhou's per capita GDP reached US Dollar 3100 in 2002, three times China's average, and is targeted to achieve 10,000 Dollar in 2020.
We assess the current energy status of Yinzhou, and provide projections of energy consumption and CO2 emissions up to the year 2020. Energy resource shortages and limited possibilities to obtain coal-fired electricity from national grid illustrate the opening gap between energy supply and demand. We find that Yinzhou's CDM potential is concentrated in efficiency improvement on the demand side. In that context, we suggest to systematically explore the CDM potential in the industrial sector. Projects will have to involve many stakeholders and the necessary local capacity has to be built. These CDM projects can be considered as killing three birds with one stone, namely maintaining continuous economic growth, alleviating local environmental pollution as well as mitigating global climate change.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:Clean development mechanism, China, Urbanization
Language:English
Date:September 2006
Deposited On:14 May 2014 08:47
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:50
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0301-4215
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2005.01.004
Official URL:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030142150500011X
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