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"Integrated Energy Strategy for the Sustainable Development of China"

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"Integrated Energy Strategy for the Sustainable Development of China"

Journal Article, Energy, volume 36, issue 2, pages 1143-1154

February 2011

Authors: Linwei Ma, Pei Liu, Feng Fu, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group (ETIP), 2011–2012; Former Research Fellow, ETIP, 2010–2011, Zheng Li, Weidou Ni

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Energy Technology Innovation Policy; Environment and Natural Resources; Science, Technology, and Public Policy



We propose in this paper an integrated energy strategy based on a systems approach to address the energy challenges and energy dilemma in China. First, we give a review of existing approaches to energy planning and strategic management, followed by a discussion on the major relationships among energy, economical, environmental and societal systems. Next, we present a conceptual system model with alternative solutions and clarify corresponding concepts. Based on the results, we propose, summarize, and present strategic ideas as policy implications for China's decision makers. In conclusion, we determine that China should enhance strategic planning and regulation from a life cycle viewpoint of the whole society, prioritize energy saving, continuously improve incumbent energy, and rationally develop alternative energy.


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Ma, Linwei, Pei Liu, Feng Fu, Zheng Li, and Weidou Ni. "Integrated Energy Strategy for the Sustainable Development of China." Energy 36, no. 2 (February 2011): 1143-1154.

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