Low Carbon Development in China: Fitting Global Climate Norms to National Policymaking Institutions

A podcast talk by Eric Zusman, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), on climate change reform policy efforts in China.

A free public talk given on Monday October 22nd, 2012.

About The Talk

When China surpassed the United States as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in 2007, many questioned "whether the climate change war could be won". Over the past five years, China has answered these concerns with an impressive slate of energy savings reforms. Why was China able to enact these reforms? This presentation will maintain that complementarities between national policymaking institutions and global climate norms eased China’s low carbon transition. It also cautions that incompatibilities between national institutions and new domestic emissions trading schemes (ETS) could slow the momentum.

Eric Zusman is a Senior Climate Policy Researcher at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Hayama, Japan. At IGES, his research focuses on the co-benefits of climate policies and the political economy of low carbon development in Asia. He recently published a co-edited book on Low Carbon Transport in Asia: Strategies for Optimizing Co-benefits (Earthscan 2012). Eric Zusman received his Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA.


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Duration: 1:25:31

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012