Strong global climate change action, as the Paris Agreement calls for, would mean a smaller (perhaps much smaller) role for coal in the global energy system. It would have economic and social ramifications for coal-producing regions and countries. Together with universities and research institutes in China, India, South Africa, Poland and Germany we are embarking on a new research project on coal transitions.
As the Paris Agreement enters into force, attention is increasingly focused on developments in the United States and China. China remains a focus of our research interest and collaborations with new activities in preparation. Meanwhile, we have two new working papers in our series on China’s climate policy and economics by CCEP research associate Professor ZhongXiang Zhang.