Measuring energy security performance within China: toward an inter-provincial prospective

Zhang, Long, Yu, Jing, Sovacool, Benjamin K and Ren, Jingzheng (2017) Measuring energy security performance within China: toward an inter-provincial prospective. Energy, 125. pp. 825-836. ISSN 0360-5442

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Abstract

China has been the world's largest energy consumer and producer for many years, yet while myriad studies have investigated Chinese performance on energy metrics compared to other countries, few to none have looked internally at Chinese provinces. This paper firstly develops a five-dimensional evaluation system centered on the energy security dimensions of availability and diversity, affordability and equality, technology and efficiency, environmental sustainability, and governance and innovation. It then correlates these dimensions to 20 distinct energy security metrics that are used to assess the energy security performance of 30 Chinese provinces, divided into eight regions. Our results reveal both trends in energy policy and practice as well as provincial status of comparative energy security for the year 2013. We find, for instance, that there is no province which performs well in all five of the energy security dimensions, and that all provinces confronted threats related to energy availability and diversity. We also demonstrate that in comparative terms, the Middle Reaches of Yellow River and the Northwest were the most energy-secure, while the Middle Reaches of Yangtze River and the Northeast were least energy-secure.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Nora Blascsok
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 17:30
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2017 12:24
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66351

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