The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institutr Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) has published a new study on “Energy efficiency in buildings in China: policies, barriers and opportunities”. China’s rising energy demands that are required for its booming economy have made the country one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. According to the Bali Action Plan, developing countries auch as China agreed to consider “nationally appropriate mitigation actions”.

The Chinese building sector substantially contributes to the country’s CO2 emissions. Chinese policy makers have realised that enhancing energy efficiency in buildings (EEB) is a promising approach with regard to combining further economic growth with less energy consumption and environmental impact. They have enacted a wide range of policies to foster energy efficiency within the building sector. While the policies can theoretically unfold a great energy saving potential, their implementation has been weak so far. This study analyses the existing policies and measures in place in order to promote EEB and examines promoting factors as well as barriers for the implementation of EEB policies. Amongst others, the study looks into the CDM and the voluntary carbon market as potential financial mechanisms.

The study was prepared in collaboration with the Research Centre for Sustainable Development (RCSD) of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing.

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