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China’s Electricity Industry: Efficiency, growth and the environment


The electricity industry in China, the second in the world, has to meet three sometimes incompatible challenges: to supply the fast growing economy with enough power; to improve the technical and cost efficiency of power plants; and finally, to reduce the health-damaging impactof its coal-fired power plans, which are one of the biggest pollution sources in the World. Understanding the extent and nature of these challenges is of major concern for individuals as well as decision- makers in the public as in the private sector in China and in Europe. The present study aims at providing new quantitative evidence on each of these challenges using original data in particular through survey work through a collaborative projects and exchanges between academic specialists of quantitative economy and a commercial SME that seek developing its activity and support its clients on the Chinese markets. The proposed collaboration between academia and an SME (SwissElectricity SA) aims thus at furthering our understanding of the industry’s potential in improving its efficiency and supply structure. This will help China progress in the reform of its institutional regime to promote both a cleaner and more productive electricity industry. The proposed research will be aimed at providing policy makers and industrialists with a comprehensive and detailed economic and technical assessment of the capability of China’s electricity industry to meet the environmental demand for its sustainable development and growth.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)


Boulevard Charles Livon 58
13284 Marseille
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 239 720
Administrative Contact
Celine Damon (Ms.)

Participants (2)

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 103 862
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.) SA
EU contribution
€ 257 934
Avenue Rosemont 12
1208 Geneve
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephane Genoud (Mr.)