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Technological learning, energy efficiency, and CO2 emissions in China's energy intensive industries (English)

Since the onset of economic reforms in 1978, China has been remarkably successful in reducing the carbon dioxide intensities of gross domestic product and industrial production. Most analysts correctly attribute the rapid decline in the carbon dioxide intensity of industrial production to rising energy prices, increased openness to trade and investment, increased competition, and technological change. China's industrial and technology policies also have contributed to lower carbon dioxide intensities, by transforming industrial structure and improving enterprise level technological capabilities. Case studies of four energy intensive industries -- aluminum, cement, iron and steel, and paper -- show how the changes have put these industries on substantially lower carbon dioxide emissions trajectories. Although the changes have not led to absolute declines in carbon dioxide emissions, they have substantially weakened the link between industry growth and carbon dioxide emissions.

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  • Author

    Cui, Yuanshang, Jiang,Kejun, Rock,Michael T., Song,Yun, Toman,Michael A., Wang,Yanjia

  • Document Date

    2013/06/01

  • Document Type

    Policy Research Working Paper

  • Report Number

    WPS6492

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    China,

  • Region

    East Asia and Pacific,

  • Disclosure Date

    2013/06/01

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Technological learning, energy efficiency, and CO2 emissions in China's energy intensive industries

  • Keywords

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Cui, Yuanshang Jiang,Kejun Rock,Michael T. Song,Yun Toman,Michael A. Wang,Yanjia

Technological learning, energy efficiency, and CO2 emissions in China's energy intensive industries (English). Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6492 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/548931468219309535/Technological-learning-energy-efficiency-and-CO2-emissions-in-Chinas-energy-intensive-industries