China’s energy policies ‘do not tackle climate change’

While China has made great efforts in energy efficiency, a study by the German Development Institute says, its energy policies still need to be streamlined to fight global warming.

Scidev.net reports that Chinese climate-change measures were reviewed in a study published last month in World Development, which found that many of the country’s policies, while contributing to climate change mitigation, were more motivated by cutting energy costs and increasing energy security, rather than cutting carbon emissions.

"Climate change is a cross-sectoral issue, but China considers it mainly as an economic issue," the authors, Carmen Richerzhagen and Imme Scholz, were reported as saying.

The authors suggest that China should enhance its capacity to deal with climate change by increasing policy coordination between different sectors and mobilising more actors, such as civil society organisations and the scientific community, in the fight against climate change.

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