Issue 67 – November/December 2011
The end of year issue of The China Monitor is dedicated to renewable energies. The key issue during the current COP17 negotiations in Durban is how to move away from heavily CO2-emitting societies. Energy is a key topic in emerging economies, whose energy consumptions grows at an enormous speed, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
In the Policy Watch, YE Yu illustrates a combination of industrial policy and energy policy in China, which has made the country the biggest producer of wind-energy equipment. Yu points to further challenges for China – notably the facts that the technology is not owned by China and that it is less applied than initially envisaged.
Our commentary piece this month is by Cord Luedemann, LLM student at Stellenbosch University, who has previously worked in energy regulation in Germany. In an interesting comparison with Ye Yu’s contribution, he highlights the South African policies on promoting renewable energy.
The China Briefing subsequently covers some of the most prominent China-Africa stories from the last month, drawn from our Weekly Briefings.