While this is not an article that covers energy issues, it falls under the broader category of China Futures. The demographic / population dimensions of ageing China have been commented on before. This article offers a very good general overview of the population-ageing issue stemming from the one-child policy.
Life expectancy has soared in China, while fertility has plummeted due to strict birth control policies. In 2009 there were 167 million over-60s, about an eighth of the population. By 2050 there will be 480 million, while the number of young people will have fallen. “It’s a timebomb,” warned Wang Feng of the Brookings-Tsinghua Centre for Public Policy in Beijing.
via China faces ‘timebomb’ of ageing population | World news | The Guardian.
This is both an interesting example of cross sector (meta) collaboration between university R&D and energy corporations, transnational collaboration across Canada and China, as well as between different energy systems. Overall a very interesting example of global socio-technical integration and worth keeping an eye on as a prefigurative example.
XIAMEN, CHINA, Mar 19, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Today at the Haixi International New Energy Industry Expo and Forum, Xiamen University, Nextek Power Systems, People Power Company, Canadian Solar, Intel Corporation and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) announced a ground-breaking alliance to construct and manage direct-current microgrids at the School of Energy Research in Xiamen University (SER-XMU). This microgrid will become operational this year and will make Xiamen University China’s first direct-current powered commercial building, and will serve as a global showcase for distributed direct-current microgrid innovation and commercialization.
via Xiamen University Partners With Leading Technology and Energy Providers to Build China’s First Direct-Current Microgrid – MarketWatch.
Here is another good article on the Asian super-grid concept, somewhat similar to the European-North African concept. Thinking futures, this is in the ideas phase, but the proponents argue the technology already exists. Could this be the bases for large scale transnational energy partnerships that draw former enemies into sustainable energy alliances?
One year after an earthquake and tsunami triggered nuclear disaster in Fukushima – and a nuclear rethink in Tokyo – a Japanese renewables advisory group has come up with a radical plan that would allow the country to import electricity from neighbouring countries.
The group is the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) – a research outfit set up last year in the wake of the Fukushima disaster; and its radical proposal – which would require changes to Japanese law for it to be implemented – is the creation of an Asian “super-grid,” that would transport wind and solar energy from Mongolia to Japan.
via Japan eyes Mongolia in Asian ‘super grid’ plans – reneweconomy.com.au : Renew Economy.
This article discusses China’s various emissions trading and cap pilot projects across China. China is pushing forward with plans to introduce carbon trading experiments in various cities and provinces, as a testing process that will prefigure a China-wide system. This is a very important development to watch in terms of its impact globally and the extent of Chinese trend setting, along with issues such as policy synchronization and the impact on climate mitigation negotiations.
China’s decision to launch a group of city and provincial-level carbon-trading trials is widely considered to be preparation for an absolute cap on emissions. The scheme, led by the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner, will see pilots established in five cities and two provinces: the cities of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing and Shenzhen and the provinces of Hubei and Guangdong
A good foundation for these trials is already in place: much experience has been gained from the operation of earlier environmental exchanges in Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. But even the best laid plans can go awry, and so we make the following suggestions:
via Design tips for a carbon market | Climate Spectator.
China-based Ming Yang Wind Power will officially open a research and development center at N.C. State University today — a step toward the potential construction of wind farms in North Carolina.
via The Daily Tar Heel :: NC State wind power research center opens.
This article puts forward a very strong vision of Sino-Global collaboration, arguing that while collaboration offered huge potential for making climate change policy effective, a high level task force is required to get to a critical level of strategic engagement.
Speaking at an Energy and Climate Change select committee meeting, experts from research groups and universities from across the country said that collaboration with China in low carbon research offered huge potential.
via China-UK taskforce needed to build low-carbon collaboration | RTCC.