Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Renewable energy experts and China observers both in China and internationally find the Chinese renewable energy industry fascinating for several reasons. Firstly, the deep entrenchment of the Chinese Communist Party within the government structure, along with the duo's sense of secrecy makes China watching so interesting. Secondly, China has become the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world (Buckley, 2010; Li, 2011), and hence the largest contributor to climate change in the global commons. Lastly, China has become the world leader in production and export of renewable energy products such as wind turbines, solar photovoltaic cells, solar water heating equipment, and hydropower know-how. Understanding how actors influence the policy process can provide insightinto future policy trends. This thesis identified seven major actors involved in the renewable energy policy process in China, and evaluated their relative levels of influence over the entire process, from drafting to implementation. The thesisemployed a policy analysis framework adapted from Yaffee (2011) to break down each actor's motivations, resources and strategies. The implications of the results are also discussed.
Pizza and Chinese snacks will be served