Past Seminar

Saving Energy and the Environment (CO2 Emissions) While Growing China’s Energy Intensive Industries: Lessons for Indonesia

May 24, 2011

About the Event

Saving Energy and the Environment (CO2 Emissions) While Growing China’s Energy Intensive  Industries: Lessons for Indonesia
RFF Academic Seminar

Micahel T. Rock, RFF

What can Indonesia learn from China’s effort to reduce the energy and CO2 intensity of production in its energy intensive industries? Given the significant difference in the source of CO2 emissions in each country—emissions in China are dominated by industry while those in Indonesia are dominated by deforestation—this may appear as a foolhardy question. But it is only a matter of time before emissions from fossil fuels overtake those from deforestation. Given the long technological lock-in effects of energy systems and industries, it behooves Indonesia to begin thinking now about how it will tackle this problem. There are other reasons for thinking that Indonesia might learn something from China—both the CO2 intensity of GDP and industry have been rising in Indonesia while they are falling in China. While some of the declines in China are, no doubt, a legacy of its energy intensive socialist development strategy, China’s better intensity performance also appears to be a result of a better technological catch-up industrial development strategy, its willingness to raise energy prices, its willingness to liberalize domestic markets and open the economy to trade and investment, and its ability to mount and successfully implement a massive energy saving program. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
2:30 - 4 p.m.

7th Floor Conference Center
1616 P St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

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