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GTAP Resource #2784

"Benefits and Costs of SO2 Abatement Policies in China"
by Jing Cao, Jing, Richard Garbaccio and Mun Ho

China's rapid economic growth has been accompanied by a high level of environmental degradation. Air, water, and soil pollution pose significant threats to ecosystems and human health. While the severity of these threats has been well known for some time, the pressure to maintain high rates of growth has generally taken precedence. Increasingly, however, these issues appear to be being taken seriously by the top leadership of the Chinese government and are now being incorporated into policies and plans at the highest levels. Among the pollutants known to cause significant health and ecosystem damages in China is SO2. Reducing SO2 emissions has been the subject of a number of recent efforts by China’s environmental authorities and targets have been incorporated into high level plans. The 11th Five-Year Plan, covering the years 2006-2010, includes the target of reducing total SO2 emissions by 10% from the 2005 level. In this paper we look at the major policy measures being taken to achieve the SO2 target. We present results from a U.S.-China joint study we participated in of the costs and benefits of these policies. We extend the study using a CGE model of the Chinese economy to look at the economywide impacts.

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Category: 2008 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 11th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Helsinki, Finland
Date: 2008
Created: Garbaccio, R. (4/15/2008)
Updated: Garbaccio, R. (6/2/2011)
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- Climate change policy
- Dynamic modeling
- Asia (East)

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