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
On 11 March 2021, the Chinese government ratified its 14th Five Year Plan and long-term targets for 2035. Since this is the first Five Year Plan (FYP) published following China’s announcement in September 2020 that it would aim to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2060, it was expected to be […]
China’s 2020 Natural Gas Development Report (NGDR), assessing the current state of the country’s gas industry and how it relates to the broader global gas market, was published late last year. If 2019’s focus was on the seemingly inexorable rise in China’s demand for gas, the 2020 reports theme has been the impact of coronavirus. […]
China is widely expected to be one of the biggest winners of the energy transition: not only has the country got a head start in the manufacture and deployment of renewables and batteries, it is also central to the supply chains of critical minerals. Moreover, China is expected to maintain a dominant role in the […]
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 […]
In 2019, the Chinese government announced the establishment of PipeChina, the national pipeline company entity that is expected to manage most of the country’s pipeline infrastructure to increase competition and avoid monopoly pricing in the strategically important gas pipeline network. This new energy giant will be controlled by China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), Sinopec and […]
Several Chinese provinces have taken measures to consolidate their refinery sectors by building large scale modern refineries such as Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co Ltd (Zhejiang Province), Yulong Petrochemicals (Shandong Province) Hengli Petrochemical (Dalian) Refinery Co. (Liaoning Province), and Shenghong Refining & Chemical Co. Ltd. (Jiangsu Province) in order to increase the international competitiveness and […]
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