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The heterogeneous role of energy policies in the energy transition of Asia-Pacific emerging economies

Chen, Peipei, Wu, Yi, Meng, Jing, He, Pan ORCID:, Li, Deyu, Coffman, D'Maris, Liang, Xi and Guan, Dabo 2022. The heterogeneous role of energy policies in the energy transition of Asia-Pacific emerging economies. Nature Energy 7 (7) , 588–596. 10.1038/s41560-022-01029-2

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The achievement of sustainable energy systems requires well-designed energy policies, particularly targeted strategies to plan the direction of energy development, regulations monitored and executed through credible authorities and laws enforced by the judicial system for the enhancement of actions and national targets. The Asia–Pacific region (APAC), responsible for more than half of global energy consumption, has enacted a large number of energy policies over the past two decades, but progress on the energy transition remains slow. This study focuses on the aggregate effect of energy policies on the progress towards sustainable targets in 42 emerging economies from 2000 to 2017. We find that energy policies have contributed to improving access to electricity (3.0%), access to clean cooking (3.8%), energy efficiency (1.4%) and renewable electricity capacity (6.9%), respectively. Among different types of energy policy (strategies, laws and regulations), strategies have greater impacts on advancing electrification, clean cooking and renewable electricity capacity than laws and regulations, whereas the laws are more effective for achieving energy efficiency.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Nature Research
ISSN: 2058-7546
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 August 2022
Date of Acceptance: 8 April 2022
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2022 05:47

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