Conveyor belts of coal at Lianyungang port in Jiangsu on December 21. China’s abrupt policy change on coal power projects will pose an obstacle to its net-zero goal. Photo: Getty Images
Conveyor belts of coal at Lianyungang port in Jiangsu on December 21. China’s abrupt policy change on coal power projects will pose an obstacle to its net-zero goal. Photo: Getty Images
Hao Tan
Opinion

Opinion

Hao Tan

How China can solve its energy ‘trilemma’ and avoid a climate policy swing

  • The sometimes competing needs of energy security, economic viability and environmental protection are an especial challenge for China’s top-down system
  • Beijing should complement its decision-making on climate with a bottom-up approach to avoid drastic policy swings, such as on coal

Conveyor belts of coal at Lianyungang port in Jiangsu on December 21. China’s abrupt policy change on coal power projects will pose an obstacle to its net-zero goal. Photo: Getty Images
Conveyor belts of coal at Lianyungang port in Jiangsu on December 21. China’s abrupt policy change on coal power projects will pose an obstacle to its net-zero goal. Photo: Getty Images
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