Nonmarket valuation of costs of fossil-fuel-fired electricity generation in China

This project assesses the public preferences for improved environmental conservation in the electricity sector. This project aims to examine welfare implications of various environmental policies introduced in China’s power sector using nonmarket evaluation techniques.

Booming China’s hunger for energy seems insatiable. The dismal air quality across much of the country is a constant reminder of its heavy reliance on coal. China burns more coal (over 50% of global total consumption) and emits more carbon and sulphur dioxide than any other country.

Energy consumption and its consequences for health and the environment are high on the Chinese political agenda. About half of China’s fossil fuel consumption, as well as associated pollution, comes from fossil fuel-fired power generation.

Using nonmarket valuation techniques, the project aims to:

• Conduct a large scale survey in a number of areas
• Examine people’s willingness to pay for improved environmental conservation in the electricity sector
• Understand public preferences for different policy instrument to environmental protection
• Assess associated welfare implications

Collaborator/s

  • North China Electric Power University