China's climate change policies

Australia-China research program on market mechanisms for climate change policy

The Australia-China research program on market mechanisms for climate change policy brings together researchers from leading Chinese institutions and Australian universities. Collaborators include Tsinghua, Fudan and Wuhan Universities, the Beijing Institute of Technology, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne.

Topics of joint research include options for pricing carbon in China’s power sector and their economic effects; the impacts of a carbon price on electricity sector investments; energy demand and energy mix at the provincial level; the design and performance of China’s pilot emissions trading schemes; and prospects for national emissions pricing in China. The research combines state of the art expertise in China with methodological and policy experience in Australia.

The program is partly funded by an Australian government grant.


  • Tsinghua–ANU Forum on Climate and Energy Policy Research, Beijing, September 2014


In September 2014 the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy (ANU) co-hosted a Research Forum in conjunction with Tsinghua University in Beijing. Keynote speakers and participants included Professor He Jiankun and Professor Xu Huaqing from Tsinghua, Professor Ross Garnaut from Melbourne University, Ms Yumei Zhang from Beijing Development and Reform Commission. The forum was hosted by Professor Zhang Xiliang of Tsinghua University and Dr Frank Jotzo of ANU Crawford School, and leading researchers from Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Wuhan University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing Institute of Technology, ANU, UNSW and Melbourne University presented their work.

Working papers and publications resulting from the project

  • Paul J. Burke, Hua Liao, June 2015. Is the price elasticity of demand for coal in China increasing?, CCEP Working Paper 1506

  • Libo Wu, Weiqi Tang, May 2015. Efficiency or Equity? Simulating the Carbon Emission Permits Trading Schemes in China Based on an Inter-Regional CGE Model, CCEP Working Paper 1505

  • Fei Teng and Frank Jotzo,2014. Reaping the economic benefits of decarbonization for China, CCEP Working Paper 1413 (published in China & World Economy)

  • Frank Jotzo and Fei Teng, 2014. China’s Climate and Energy Policy: On Track to Low-carbon Growth?, China Update 2014

  • Frank Jotzo, Dimitri de Boer and Hugh Kater, October 2013. China Carbon Pricing Survey 2013, CCEP Working Paper 1305

  • Wang, B., Jotzo, F. and Qi, S., 2017. Ex-post cap adjustment for China’s ETS: an applicable indexation rule, simulating the Hubei ETS, and implications for a national scheme, Climate Policy

  • Riesz, J., Elliston, D.B., Vithayasrichareon, D.P. and MacGill, A.P.I., 2016. 100% Renewables in Australia: A Research Summary, CEEM Working Paper

  • Jotzo, F. and Löschel, A., 2014. Emissions trading in China: Emerging experiences and international lessons, Energy Policy

  • Teng, F. and Jotzo, F., 2014. Reaping the economic benefits of decarbonization for China, China & World Economy

News and media

Other CCEP publications on China’s climate and energy policy

Working papers

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