1st Edition

China’s Carbon-Energy Policy and Asia’s Energy Transition Carbon Leakage, Relocation and Halos

Edited By Akihisa Mori Copyright 2022
    314 Pages 86 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    314 Pages 86 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book seeks to examine the impacts associated with China’s carbon-energy policy in Asia and how, coupled with the Belt and Road Initiative, these effects prompt foreign direct investments in coal power and exports of renewable energy technologies.

    China shows a co-evolution of carbon-energy policy and energy transitions from coal to renewables. Assessing how the policy intensifies pressures and motivations to Chinese companies, chapters in this edited volume analyse how the policy has changed energy and CO2 emissions in Asia through the lens of carbon leakage, relocation, and halos. Contributors present in-depth studies on China’s investments and exports, and also its impacts on Indonesia, India, Vietnam, and Japan. Using applied computable general equilibrium and scenario input-output analyses, chapters investigate if regional electricity connectivity reduces new coal power investments through efficiency gain. Arguing that China is shifting from the world’s factory to the leading innovator and Asia's demand centre, it is ultimately demonstrated that China is likely to achieve climate targets whereas Asia to increase CO2 emissions and economic reliance on China.

    China’s Carbon-Energy Policy and Asia’s Energy Transition will be of significant interest to students and scholars of energy, environment, and sustainability studies, as well as Chinese studies and economics.

    Part 1: Energy Transition and Carbon Leakage, Relocation and Halos: Concepts and Framework

    1. Carbon leakage, relocation, and halo: Concept and framework to understand impacts of China’s carbon-energy policy

    Akihisa Mori

    2. Struggles for energy transition in the electricity system in Asian countries: A system complementarity perspective

    Akihisa Mori

    Part 2: China's Energy and Industrial Transformation as Push Factors

    3. Economic and environmental Impacts of power supply configuration change in China: An application of scenario input-output analysis

    Jiayang Wang and Kiyoshi Fujikawa

    4. Change of China’s renewable energy policy and its impact on domestic PV companies

    Nobuhiro Horii

    5. Do Chinese power companies employ investments in foreign power projects as a geographical diversification strategy to stringent regulations?

    Akihisa Mori

    Part 3: Carbon, Leakage, Relocation and Halos Effect in Host Countries

    6. The Economic and carbon impact of China’s outward foreign direct investment in the power sector

    Hikari Ban and Kiyoshi Fujikawa

    7. The effect of renewable energy policies on import from Asian countries: Evidence from solar PV/wind energy with matching econometrics

    Yasuhiro Ogura

    8. The role of China in the development of coal and renewable energy plants in Indonesia

    Maxensius Tri Sambodo

    9. India’s energy transition: Is China an inhibitor or a catalyst?’

    Nandakumar Janardhanan

    10. Impact of Chinese renewable technology export on Japan’s energy transition: The case of solar photovoltaic industry

    Takashi Hattori and Yi-chun Chen

    11. Generating or receiving carbon leakages?: An examination of China in Asia

    Le Tuyet Vo and Yiyi Ju

    Part 4: Countermeasures and future challenges

    12. The implications of East Asia electricity market integration on Southeast Asian economies and carbon emissions

    Budy P. Resosudarmo and Yuventus Effendi

    13. China’s carbon-energy policy and Asia’s energy transition from carbon leakage, relocation, and halos perspectives: Conclusions and the future

    Akihisa Mori


    Akihisa Mori is an Associate Professor at Kyoto University and a vice president of the Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics. His research focus is on sustainability transitions and China’s Belt and Road Initiative. His other publications with Routledge include China's Climate-Energy Policy: Domestic and International Impacts.