The world watches closely as China, the world's top energy consumer, announces its plans for the next five years: a
series of comprehensive economic reform,
development, and transformation
guidelines that will shape how the country - and to a large extent the world - uses
energy and addresses climate change.
How will China balance economic growth with environmental concerns? How will it
manage its transformation from an investment-based
and export-led economy to one having a robust domestic demand, all the while
ensuring energy efficiency and sustainability? And what role will China play in developing renewable and clean
tech solutions for the rest of the world? These are questions that have a
profound impact on the world energy and climate landscape for years to come.
this EWG discussion, we will highlight
some of the proposed energy, efficiency and climate goals and
policies, look back on China's progress and challenges in achieving its last five-year
plan, and consider broader implications on the road ahead.