China-Iran energy relations after the lifting of UN sanctionsWhilst Xi Jinping’s trip to Iran in January 2016 had great diplomatic significance, the primary objective was economic, and energy will have featured prominently among the many deals signed. This should pave the way for more inward investment … Continue Reading ››
The Governance of Energy in China. Transition to a Low Carbon Economy My book which was originally published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012 has now been published in Chinese by the China Economic Publishing House, and is available for RMB 68 (about GBP 7).
Applying Institutional Theory to the Low-Carbon Energy Transition ABSTRACT The low-carbon energy transition is a form of socio-technical transition and, as such, it involves profound changes in the institutions that govern society. Despite the acknowledged importance of institutions in shaping the pace and nature of transition, a relatively small … Continue Reading ››
What might the G20 under China’s Presidency deliver for global energy governance?Philip Andrews-Speed and Xunpeng Shi Synopsis The prevailing architecture of global energy governance is fragmented, uncoordinated and, failing to yield the required outcomes. This brief examines the argument that the G20 can provide a leadership role to improve the quality of global energy governance. Given that … Continue Reading ››
China watchers are always energised by the arrival of a new national leadership, and those who observe the country’s energy sector are no different. The Third Plenum of the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress in November 2013 held out the promise of state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform and a … Continue Reading ››
On 1 July 2015, I appeared on Channel NewsAsia in a news item on China’s ambitions for Asian energy markets. A recent report published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences called for the creation of common energy markets in central, north-east and south-east Asia and Continue Reading ››
China‘s energy transition: is it really under way? In the first two months of the year China’s government published preliminary data for 2014 on the economy as a whole and on energy production and consumption. This appears to show that China is indeed undergoing … Continue Reading ››