Report: Decoding China’s path to green economy
The emergence of green economy in China is arguably the most important sustainable transition happening anywhere in the world. Given this significance, a new report from IIED’s Sustainable Markets team aims to serve as an introductory guide to China’s thinking on green economy and reveal the context behind current policy choices.
The report “China's path to a green economy: decoding China’s green economy concepts and policies” (link) is joint authored by IIED’s Xiaoxue Weng, and Dr. Zhanfeng Dong, Qiong Wu and Ying Qinvthe of the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning (CAEP).
The authors trace the evolution of China’s green economy polices back through its recent world leading green investment policies all the way to its initial ‘opening up’ in the 1970s. This policy journey was itself motived by the evolution of China’s attitude to green economy from narrow, ‘end of pipe’ environmental protection all the way to the ‘ecological civilisation’ aspiration of the present.
This macro level analysis is supplemented by a summary of specific Chinese green policies and stakeholders in selected key areas: green finance, green production, green cities, reducing carbon emissions and promoting renewable energy, and sustainable forestry. The authors also attempt to map these stakeholder interests and influence as on green policy making.
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