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Designing the Regulatory Framework of an Emissions Trading Programme in China: Lessons from Tianjin

DOI https://doi.org/10.21552/CCLR/2012/4/229

Hao Zhang


The goal of this article is to examine the underlying considerations of designing and establishing the regulatory framework of an emissions trading program in China after the National Development and Reform Commission initiated the emissions trading pilots in seven provinces and cities in 2011. The article provides the policy development context and discusses the findings through empirical work on the design features of an emissions trading program in Tianjin. The underlying considerations and constraints are analyzed as followed to set the basis for further research into the regulatory design of an emissions trading program in China.

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