China Environment and Energy Programme
The China Environment and Energy Programme supports systematic, interdisciplinary study of China’s major environmental and energy issues, examining the evolution and effectiveness of China’s environmental and energy governance during a period of rapid socio-economic transformation. The program focuses on analysis of the driving determinants of policy design and policy implementation outcomes and explores choices that could promote a more sustainable development path that balance environmental protection, resource conservation, and economic development in China and other developing countries.
The research agenda covers five key themes:
- Climate change governance and mitigation policy
- Environmental governance and policy
- Environment and health
- Energy policy and technology development
- Sustainable transportation
The programme is coordinated from a base in the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) of the University of Oxford’s Department of Geography and Environment and brings together expertise on the environment, energy, and China from throughout Oxford, including the Transport Studies Unit, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Smith School for Enterprises and the Environment, Contemporary China Studies Programme of the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS), and Oxford University China Centre.
- Visioning and Backcasting for Transport Futures in Chinese Cities
2010 - 2011
This research project will analyse policy pathways and business models to support sustainable transport in China.
- Moving to a Low-carbon Economy under Different Economic Circumstances
2009 - 2011
A research project aiming to help the Chinese government to understand its capacity to address climate change by scaling up work at the city level. The project researchers will study how differences in capabilities to respond to climate change at the city level are associated with differences in city size and level of economic development, and how to balance economic development and carbon reduction.
- National climate change negotiations and governance in China
2007 - 2009
As the world debates what the next steps should be in the international effort to address climate change, China is at the center of the debate. ECI are looking at the role of China in these future climate policy debates.
- Governing Climate Change beyond the International Regime: City Actions in China
Sep 2008 - Aug 2009
Identifying the key factors that determine the current carbon actions taken by non-nation state actors in China, and examining the implications of these activities for developing a post-2012 climate regime that can effectively engage China.
- Governing Climate Change at Global Cities: A Case Study of Beijing
May 08- Apr 09
Understanding the roles of non-nation state actors including the municipal government, businesses, and NGOs in Beijing’s climate change governance and draw implications for national climate policy and the post-Kyoto climate regime
- Environmental Legacy of the Beijing Olympics
How much have environmental initiatives contributed to the success of the Beijing Olympic Games and what legacy will these efforts have for the establishment of a sustainable urban transport system in Beijing and in other cities in China
Outreach and Events
China Energy and Environment Series
Open and Shut: Working with China on Energy Policy, March 2010
China's political process may be famously opaque to outsiders, but in a variety of policy arenas, energy included, the country is remarkably open to dialogue. In confronting its considerable energy challenges, China has sought to make use of not only resources and technologies from abroad, but also of the policy experience; many recent domestic programs and laws have been constructed with reference to with what has and hasn’t worked elsewhere. Still, there are limits to this openness, for reasons ranging from the ideological to the practical and sometimes to the unknowable.
On 2nd March 2010, based on two decades of experience, Dr. Jonathan Sinton, China Programme Manager at the International Energy Agency’s Directorate of Global Energy Dialogue, presented to Oxford faculty and students a perspective on how and to what extent international engagement contributes to design and implementation of energy policy in China. Dr. Sinton co-led preparation of China’s Power Sector Reforms: Where to Next? (2006) and Cleaner Coal in China (2009), and contributes to numerous other IEA publications. Before joining the IEA, he was a longtime member of the China Energy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he engaged in wide-ranging research on energy economics and policy at the macroeconomic, firm and household levels.
Workshop on the environment and health in China
The Environmental Change Institute, in association with the British Inter-University China Center and the Oxford Martin School, organized a half-day workshop on China’s environment and health at the University of Oxford on 29th November 2007. The workshop offered a forum for debating the relationship between environment and public health in China from a social science perspective; examine the socio-political, cultural and economic context within which the connection between environment and health is situated, and explore solutions to the challenges of reducing poverty while simultaneously protecting people’s health.