China presses ahead with nuclear energy, but challenges remain
Whilst the expansion of nuclear energy capacity has largely stalled in Europe, the USA and Japan, China is one of the few countries to be adding to existing capacity and has the world’s largest fleet of new plants. Total … Continue Reading ››
China-Iran energy relations after the lifting of UN sanctions
Whilst Xi Jinping’s trip to Iran in January 2016 had great diplomatic significance, the primary objective was economic, and energy will have featured prominently among the many deals signed. This should pave the way for more inward investment … Continue Reading ››
Reform of China’s oil industry at a time of low prices
Economic reform is high on the national agenda, at least according to the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, held more than two years ago in November 2013. Specific proposals included, among … Continue Reading ››
The Governance of Energy in China. Transition to a Low Carbon Economy
My book which was originally published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012 has now been published in Chinese by the China Economic Publishing House, and is available for RMB 68 (about GBP 7).
Applying Institutional Theory to the Low-Carbon Energy TransitionABSTRACT
The low-carbon energy transition is a form of socio-technical transition and, as such, it involves profound changes in the institutions that govern society. Despite the acknowledged importance of institutions in shaping the pace and nature of transition, a relatively small … Continue Reading ››
The Future of Sea Lane Security between the Middle East and Southeast Asia
On 23–24 June 2015, the Energy Studies Institute (ESI) of the National University of Singapore and Chatham House organized an event entitled ‘The Future of Sea Lane Security between … Continue Reading ››
What might the G20 under China’s Presidency deliver for global energy governance?
Philip Andrews-Speed and Xunpeng Shi
The prevailing architecture of global energy governance is fragmented, uncoordinated and, failing to yield the required outcomes. This brief examines the argument that the G20 can provide a leadership role to improve the quality of global energy governance. Given that … Continue Reading ››
China watchers are always energised by the arrival of a new national leadership, and those who observe the country’s energy sector are no different. The Third Plenum of the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress in November 2013 held out the promise of state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform and a … Continue Reading ››