Dr Philip Andrews-Speed Presented at NBR Conference, Washington D.C. on 5 June 2014

Philip Andrews-Speed gave a presentation on “China’s energy policymaking processes and their consequences” at the annual Energy Security Workshop run by the National Bureau of Asian Research, held in Washington D.C. on 5th June 2014. The title of the conference was China’s Energy Crossroads: Forging a New Energy and Environmental Balance. 

China has emerged as the world’s single-largest energy consumer, and the country’s phenomenal economic growth has increased global demand across a broad spectrum of fuel choices, including coal, oil, and gas. Surging demand has not only dramatically reshaped world energy markets but also raised new and more complex questions for stakeholders concerned with developments in China’s domestic energy infrastructure, environmental policymaking, and global energy diplomacy. At the same time, Beijing is struggling to reshape its domestic economy. Two critical parts of this effort will be decreasing the economic role of heavy, energy-intensive industries and reducing the enormous energy supply requirements necessary for sustaining economic growth. How China addresses these challenges will have significant implications not only for domestic audiences but for the environmental, economic, and geostrategic outlooks of Asia and the rest of the world.Philip Andrews-Speed’s presentation and paper develop a typology of energy policymaking in China that links the nature of the specific policy and of the policymaking process to the outcomes of policy implementation.

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