Dilemmas for China: Energy, economy and environment

Tang, Xu, McLellan, Benjamin C., Snowden, Simon, Zhang, Baosheng and Hook, Mikael (2015) Dilemmas for China: Energy, economy and environment. Sustainability (Switzerland), 7 5: 5508-5520. doi:10.3390/su7055508

Author Tang, Xu
McLellan, Benjamin C.
Snowden, Simon
Zhang, Baosheng
Hook, Mikael
Title Dilemmas for China: Energy, economy and environment
Journal name Sustainability (Switzerland)   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2071-1050
Publication date 2015-05-06
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3390/su7055508
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Issue 5
Start page 5508
End page 5520
Total pages 13
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher MDPI AG
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Subject 2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
3305 Geography, Planning and Development
Abstract China’s current national policies promote high levels of economic growth, transforming China into a “world factory”, but at a high cost in terms of energy and the environment. At the same time, this growth and transformation also forms the backbone of China’s economy, underpinning social stability. China faces a dilemma to reconcile its economy, energy system and environmental security. Each aspect of this triad is discussed in this study to illuminate the challenges faced by China, and China’s dilemma in energy, economy and environment is analyzed from the perspective of its participation in current global supply chains. While China must import a significant proportion of its energy and a large proportion of primary materials, a large share of these imports are returned to the global market as industrial exports. China is bound by its own course of action and unable to radically change its position for the foreseeable future as the road to economic development and employment stability is through policies built on exports and shifting development models, presenting a tough socio-economic trade-off. China’s growth challenges are discussed as an example of challenges more broadly faced in the developing world. China’s success or failure in achieving a sustainable developmental pattern will inevitably have a significant influence on the global environment.
Keyword Energy-economy-environment
Energy security
Chinese economy
Embodied energy
International trade
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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