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Climate Change - Developing Energy Policy in Emerging Economies

Developing Energy Policy in Emerging Economies

Issue

“If China’s 1.3 billion people were to consume as much energy as Americans do, China’s carbon...emissions in 2020 would be 22 percent higher than what the entire world currently produces.”
— Energy Foundation Annual Report 2007

Funding

More than 25% of foundation grants for climate change in developing countries in 2007 funded policy work

Challenge

How can we support policy development in China that will increase efficiency and renewable energy?

Strategy

Strengthen the capacity of China’s under-resourced regulatory agencies
— The Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program

Case Study

China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC)
  • CATARC assists the Chinese government in formulating auto standards and regulations
  • Since 2006, the Energy Foundation has invested $750,000 in CATARC programs that address fuel efficiency and cleaner-burning vehicles

Results

  • China’s fuel economy standards are now higher than those in the U.S. for passenger and light-duty commercial vehicles
  • By 2015, the standards could improve the efficiency of China’s fleet by 15%
  • Currently developing incentives to promote hybrid-electric vehicle technologies

Research Sources


The Energy Foundation

Energy Foundation Annual Report 2007


China Automotive Technology and Research Center


"Scaling Up Energy Efficiency: Bridging the Action Gap"
International Energy Agency
4/2007


Design to Win: Philanthropy's Role in the Fight against Global Warming
California Environmental Associates
8/2007


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