Removal of ‘bad’ industrial policies for an effective energy transition in China

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Dr Hao Tan discusses the role that industrial policies play in driving China's energy transition

In an article, published on the website of UK Financial Times' in China, Dr Tan is engaged in the debate on whether state interventions, especially industrial policies established by the government for specific industries and technologies, can effectively drive and sustain China's energy transition.

Dr Tan argues that given there are highly divergent views among economists and industry experts on the introduction of some new, 'good' industrial policies such as the recent increase of the petrol consumption tax, the government could focus on getting rid of some 'bad' industrial policies that currently jeopardise an effective energy transition as a priority. Subsidies to fossil fuels are one of the examples.

Read the full article here (in Chinese).

To the date the article has been reposted or cited by numerous websites and media in China and elsewhere. Those include Asia Pacific Daily (, Yahoo Hong Kong (, China Society of Economic Reform (,  UK's Overseas Development Institute (ODI) (,  China Elections and Governance (, First Thinktank (, China Carbon Trading (, Information Centre of the Metallurgical Industry of China (, Information Centre of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Shanghai (, Mianyang City (,,,, among others.Learn more about Dr Tan's work at his Researcher Profile.

  • Dr Hao Tan
  • Phone: (02) 4921 6748

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