China is presently engaged in a massive effort to control its rising energy use while promoting the rapid growth of its economy. The numbers involved evidence the magnitude of the challenge: in real terms, China’s 2007 GDP was more than double that of 2000; the electric power sector added more than 90 GW of capacity in just one year; and 100 million tonnes of coal-equivalent energy savings are to be achieved by engaging nearly 1,000 of the economy’s largest energy-using enterprises. Though the Chinese leadership has demonstrated its eagerness to learn from international experience, there is simply no precedent for the proposed development path. The policies and programs that China has introduced are necessarily unique given the challenge that is confronted, and original approaches are being developed to implement these policies and programs in the country’s economy.

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