Dr. Lin Zhang
School of Energy and Environment
City University of Hong Kong
China is one of the largest energy consumers and CO2 emitters globally. In recent years, the Chinese government introduced several energy policy instruments to promote energy efficiency. For instance, China decided to reduce its energy intensity and carbon intensity. However, energy intensity is not an accurate proxy for energy efficiency because changes in energy intensity are a function of changes in several socioeconomic factors. This talk will point out the importance of distinguishing between energy intensity and energy efficiency. Based on the efficiency indicators, this talk will discuss how to allocate the national targets at the provincial level. As an example, the effectiveness of the heat metering and energy efficiency retrofitting policy on the residential energy consumption in Chinese provinces will be investigated.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Lin Zhang holds a PhD in economics from ETH Zurich, and is currently an assistant professor in the School of Energy and Environment at the City University of Hong Kong. With a focus on energy and environmental economics, his research aims to develop improved quantitative modelling approaches for the design, evaluation, and upgrade of sustainable energy policies at local, regional, and global levels. Zhang’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals with general interest in economics as well as top-field journals in energy and environmental economics such as the European Economic Review, China Economic Review, Resource and Energy Economics, The Energy Journal, Energy efficiency, and Energy Policy. His research is funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Swiss National Science Foundation, City University of Hong Kong, European Environmental Agency, among others.
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