Launched in 2019 the OIES China Energy Research Programme, is a center of analytical excellence offering insights into the factors that inform China’s energy policies and choices and their pivotal role in global energy markets.
China is the world’s second largest economy, biggest importer of crude oil, the fastest growing consumer of natural gas as well as the world’s top coal producer and emitter of CO2. The country is endowed with vast reserves of oil, gas and coal all of which it aims to develop in order to enhance its energy security, but, it is also seeking to spearhead a technological revolution in support of its energy transition.
In light of its voracious appetite for energy, its domestic resource potential and its technological ambitions, the way in which China chooses to develop its domestic resource base, consume energy and engage with global markets is of extreme importance to producers, consumers and traders of energy. But the country’s command economy, alongside the dominance of state-owned companies still inform policy design and implementation and are key to understanding the evolution of China’s energy mix and markets.
The China Energy Programme at OIES delves into these developments and offers insights into the factors that inform China’s energy policies and choices.
The Programme is grateful to its Sponsors for their support, without which its research would not be possible.
Research is carried out by the programme staff in close coordination with the other OIES programmes and in collaboration with leading researchers and institutes in China and the West. Research will be disseminated via a dedicated research paper series, energy comments, sponsors’ visits, and specialised events.
For information about the programme and questions, please email: Michal Meidan
Power outages in China were widely expected this year after the country experienced some rationing in December 2020 and then again over the summer. In early September a handful of localities were seeing shortages, but by October over 20 Chinese provinces were curbing or rationing power supplies, not only for industrial, but also residential users, […]
In this OIES podcast James Henderson, Director of the OIES Energy Transition Research Initiative, talks with Michal Meidan, Director of the Gas and China Energy Research Programmes at OIES, about China’s environmental policies and the country’s position ahead of COP26. Michal discusses China’s history of environmental diplomacy and addresses the somewhat ambiguous position the country […]
China’s announcement that it will release oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) is a hugely significant policy initiative, but it is first and foremost a test of mechanisms rather than an attempt to impact oil markets and flows. In this Podcast, David Ledesma talks to Michal Meidan about the SPR oil release, the drivers […]
This paper uses quantitative methods to look at regional differences in energy efficiency across Chinese municipalities. The paper uses the data envelopment analysis (DEA) methodology to construct the total factor energy efficiency score for 276 Chinese municipalities over 2003-2018. It then looks at how different factors such as industrial development zones (IDZs), local government environmental […]
This research paper analyses the outlook for hydrogen development from a local perspective: In the absence of a national guiding framework on hydrogen development, as localities take the lead, this paper will explore the local drivers of hydrogen development. Currently, cities are looking at different pathways to develop a hydrogen industry based on their local […]
Between 2008 and 2018, China’s gasoline demand doubled, from 1.5 mb/d to 3 mb/d, with gasoline alone accounting for over a third of the country’s total product demand growth. This was closely related to rising incomes and the phenomenal growth of China’s private car fleet. As a result, Chinese refiners and global markets are expecting the next stage of China’s […]
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