Electric car development - sustainable development in China

Room MB404A 16.30-18.00 on 24th February

Presented by the Centre for Sustainability and Innovation (CSI) in conjunction with the Centre for Research in Social and Political Sciences (CRSPS). Guest speaker WANG Jin, associate professor of sociology at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China.

China has joined the race to become the leader of renewable energy technology in the 21st century. Electric car seems to be at the forefront of the race. The Chinese government has created a wide range of policy incentives to encourage the auto industry to develop home-grown technology. Although the motivations of such policies were originally energy security and economic competition, if successful, the popularization of electric cars instead of conventional gasoline cars in China would have significant impact on climate mitigation. This is exactly the kind of sustainable development policies that SD-PAM, or the latest buzz word, NAMA, is meant to promote among developing countries.

But what if China formally submits its electric car program as a potential program under SD-PAM or NAMA? How will it be received by the international community, especially the developed world? What will happen when China's competitive interests collude with mitigation objectives but conflict with the developed world's competitive interests?

About WANG Jin

WANG Jin is the Chinese team leader of the Ceres21 Project that is currently studying innovative adaptations to climate and environmental change on three continents.

The project is organized by scholars at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Business School, and sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council. He is also the Chinese partner to the "SD-PAM: From side effects to co-benefits" project that is organized by scholars at the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) and sponsored by STEM (Swedish Energy Agency).

WANG Jin received his PhD in sociology from the University of Iowa and is currently teaching at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. He was the EnBW visiting professor to Zeppelin University in Germany in 2009. He is the director of Center for the Public, Science, and Sustainability Studies in the School of Sociology and Anthropology at Sun Yat-Sen University.