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How much does financial development contribute to renewable energy growth and upgrading of energy structure in China?

Qiang Ji and Dayong Zhang ()

Energy Policy, 2019, vol. 128, issue C, 114-124

Abstract: Developing renewable energy sector and upgrading energy structure have strategically important role in China's commitments against climate changes. Policymakers and authorities have put forward great efforts to make them happen. But one of the key constraints of China's energy revolution is financial issues, which is inevitably linking to the country's financial development. It is of great importance to understand how much financial development contributes to the renewable energy development in China, and more importantly what aspects of financial development matter. Through a time series analysis based on macro-level data, this paper provides clear evidence that financial development is critically important and contributes an overall of 42.42% to the variation of renewable energy growth. Specifically, we are able to demonstrate that capital market is the most important factor, followed by foreign investment. A simple comparison to the EU and the US cases indicates that the EU path is more relevant and should be studied more carefully by the Chinese policymakers.

Keywords: Energy revolution; Energy structure; Financial development; Renewable energy growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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