Local Governance and National Framework: Assessing Chinese Subnational Climate Change Policies
Abstract: China's Five-Year Plan, an outline of the country's social and economic development initiatives, has evolved from previous, growth-oriented iterations to a current incarnation that is aware of issues associated with climate change and eager to adopt mitigation initiatives. This includes carbon intensity reductions and increased renewable energy. Paramount to China's desire to address the... read moreissue of climate change is the ability to translate the Five Year Plan targets to actionable climate change policy at the provincial and city government level. China has multiple institutions and leading groups at its disposal to do so. Provincial governments possess the authority to influence national strategy, while city governments utilize urban planning policy to reduce emissions from transportation, businesses, and home energy use. There are many barriers, however, to creating effective climate change policy at the provincial and city level, such as their complex hierarchy of governance and regional disparity amongst provinces of industries that directly contribute to emissions. That does not mean that China's system does not possess opportunities to solve these complex issues. Provinces and cities now possess a level of authority to address such issues autonomously. With sound policy and a more decentralized approach to climate change mitigation, it is very possible for China to address the many development and environmental management issues it now faces.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Weiping Wu.
Committee: Julian Agyeman.
Keywords: Climate change, and Environmental management.read less