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Professor Genia Kostka gave a brown bag session on her DLP research to the Asia Pacific Foundation. Entitled "China: Bridging the Gap between National Priorities and Local Interests", the research analyzes how leaders in sub-national governments 'work politically' to meet national energy targets at local levels.
Using an approach that explores the relations between structure and agency, new research by Genia Kostka and William Hobbs, commissioned by DLP, analyses how local leaders in sub-national governments in China 'work politically' to achieve nationally determined energy efficiency targets in that complex institutional and political environment. This is the first of two papers for the DLP on the politics of sub-national energy efficiency in China and India.
This excellent paper by Tom Harrison and Genia Kostka addresses this question head-on. In a fascinating comparative analysis of China and India, the paper analyses the different political strategies used sub-nationally in the two countries to formulate and implement policies that aim to ensure that emissions reductions targets are met. Given that China and India are the two developing countries with the highest level of CO2 emissions, the authors address the far from straightforward issue of how political and bureaucratic leaderships work locally in very different structural and institutional contexts, pursuing very different political strategies, to bring together competing interests and priorities to try to ensure that mitigation strategies are successful.
According to an IEA estimate, China recently overtook the United States as the world's largest energy consumer. This growth in energy consumption has implications, not just domestically but internationally. But China is beginning to rethink its "growth at any cost" model and is moving towards sustainable growth and energy security. A new paper by Genia Kostka and William Hobbs, based on original DLP research, addresses how Chinese leaders at a sub-national level are 'working politically' to bridge the requirements of the national energy efficiency targets against local interests ? all in the context of increasing international scrutiny of China's consumption levels and their effect on climate change.
This paper analyses the way the implementation of mitigation strategies has been carried out in promoting energy efficiency measures in China and India.