6 thoughts on “China’s New National Plan: Green by Necessity

  1. Great post, Warren.
    Quick question re:
    “Part of this strategy rests upon moving the nation from being “factory to the world” to becoming a provider of services such as information and communications technologies, financial services, and other less-polluting business sectors, while also maintaining a global lead in manufacturing clean energy and other “value-added” technologies for export.”
    Do you think this infers that China will follow the U.S. model of shifting the most toxic manufacturing to other nations so it can claim lower emissions/pollution?

  2. Hey Warren,
    I’d love to learn more about how China is developing its “best practices” for urban development. My experiences in Seattle lead me to consider that there are some great talent pools here in the U.S. despite our utterly broken political and economic systems. How can those of us who want to contribute to low-carbon and sustainable development be part of the effort in places like China and India?
    Joe Brewer
    Founder & Director
    Cognitive Policy Works

  3. What every country sorely needs is a steady-state economy. Of course, that might look like India’s centuries-old caste system, or the often quoted Edo Japan.

  4. Hi Tod,
    The option of shifting production of toxics to other nations is disappearing as it requires big risks of higher fuel and international regulatory costs, Not to mention daylighted disasters.

    Thus production is likely to be:
    1. changed to be cleaner, less resource and energy intense
    2. shifted to western and non-coastal regions, or sourced from elsewhere as the nation shifts away from being exporter.

  5. Warren–
    Thanks for this post and the two others on the Shanghai Expo.
    You mentioned the five Urban Theme pavilions and the Urban Best Practices area at Expo.
    But does anyone know why that of the 60 cities that shared their Best Practices, not one was from the U.S. ?

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