The concept of green growth, coupled with one of green economy and low carbon development, is a global concern especially in the face of the multiple crises that the world has faced in recent years - climate, oil, food, and financial crises. In East Asia, this concept is regarded as the key in transforming cheap-labour dependent, export-oriented industries towards a more sustainable development.
Green Growth and Low Carbon Development in East Asia examines the beginnings of low carbon, green growth in practice in East Asia and how effectively it has directed East Asian nations, especially Korea, China and Japan, to put environment and climate challenges as the core target zone for investment and growth. Special focus is paid to energy and international trade - areas in which these nations compete with pioneered nations of Europe and the United States to develop renewable energy industries and enhance their international competitiveness.
On the basis of the lessons learned in East Asia, together with a comparison of Russia, this book discusses the applicability and limitations of this developmental approach taken by the developing nations and resource-rich emerging economies, including the conditions and contexts in which nations are able to transition into sustainable development through the use of low carbon, green growth strategies.
Part I: Energy Transition 1. Renewable Energy towards Green Growth, Jinsoo Song 2. Renewable Energy and Regional Economies, Fumikazu Yoshida and Haruyo Yoshida 3. Japan’s Energy Policy in the Aftermath of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Has Anything Really Changed? Kazuhiro Ueta 4. Studies on the background to the expansion of wind power in China, Lei Wang and Fumikazu Yoshida Part II: Trade and Industrial Structural Change 5. Changes in Trade and Economic Structure during the Past 25 Years: Have Green Growth, Low Carbon Strategies Made a Significant Impact in Northeast Asia?, Yasuhiro Ogura and Akihisa Mori 6. Taiwan’s development on environmental industry and green growth, Lih-Chyi Wen and Chun-Hsu Lin 7. Economic and environmental implications of economic integration in East Asia, Satoshi Kojima, Pongsun Bunditsakulchai and Mustafa Moinuddin 8. International Recycling by South Korea in the Context of Green Growth, Soyoung Kim and Akihisa Mori 9. The Policy Impact of Product-Related Environmental Regulations in Asia, Etsuyo Michida Part III: Perspectives 10. Renewable Energy Sources in Energy Abundant Economy: Russian experience, Nikita Suslov 11. Green Growth and Low Carbon Development in East Asia: Achievements and Challenges, Akihisa Mori